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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   brendenz

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Posted March 11 2008 - 04:42 PM

I tried to post this earlier tonight, but Im not sure if it went through, so I hope this one works.

I recently purchased a yamaha htr-5760 7.1 receiver because i got a deal on it, but now I need speakers.

I went to best buy & circuit city, the first places I could think of, but they didn't have a 7.1 speaker system like they do the 5.1.

Can I puchase them individually? How would I go about doing that? I'm so confused...why aren't there more 7.1 packages?

The only other option is to purchase a "theatre in a box," and the only brand I can find is ONKYO. That doesn't work either, because they mostly all come with a receiver-and I don't want to pay the extra $ for that.

I don't have a lot of money to invest, so I'd like to buy them piece by piece if at all possible. Is there a place I can go to buy all 7 speakers and a sub? I want the best speakers for my specific system, but I don't know what specs to give you guys b/c I don't know what's important. I cant post a link to the specs either, the site wont let me. so i can only tell you the model: htr 5760

PLease tell me what speakers you'd buy, on a limited budget (around $300), and what sub would best match my receiver for the most "thunderous" sound output. Thank you very much!

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   mayhem13

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Posted March 12 2008 - 03:36 AM

Onkyo sks-ht540 is a 7.1 speaker system only within your budget and available on amazon.com. In your price range,theres not much else. I would suggest building a speaker system in pairs as funds become available. Start with 2 fronts, a center and a sub. Even that will probobly run around $400 and change-Shop the internet for the best deals from reputable retailers or watch for specials from Big Box retailers

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   brendenz

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Posted March 12 2008 - 05:27 AM

is there any credence to buying a 5.1 surround system and adding the other 2?
If so, looking at the specs below, what would be a good 5.1 system for me?

AMPLIFIER SECTION
POWER RATING 1kHz @ 8 OHMS 7 X 110 WATTS
POWER RATING - 20Hz - 20kHz @ 8 OHMS 7 X 95 WATTS
THD (%) @ 8 OHMS 0.06%
LINEAR DAMPING FACTOR (20-20kHz) 140 OR MORE
PRE-OUT ALL CHANNEL YES
SPEAKER A/B SWITCHING YES
MULTI-WAY SPEAKER BINDING POST YES
PRESENCE CHANNELS SPEAKER TERMINALS YES
192 kHz/24-BIT DAC'S For All Channels YES
PREAMPLIFIER SECTION
DSP PROCESSOR YSS-930 (32 BIT)
BIT STREAM DECODER YSS-948 (32 BIT)
SURROUND PROGRAM 29 PROGRAMS
53 VARIATIONS
YPAO WITH MICROPHONE YES
ON-SCREEN DISPLAY YES
DOLBY DIGITAL 6.1 YES
DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 YES
DOLBY PRO LOGIC IIx YES
DTS ES DISCRETE 6.1 YES
DTS ES MATRIX 6.1 YES
DTS 96/24 YES
DTS YES
DTS NEO 6 YES
NIGHT LISTENING ENHANCER, AND SILENT CINEMA YES
ALL CHANNEL STEREO DSP YES
CONNECTIONS SECTION
DIGITAL INPUT 4 OPTICAL / 2 COAXIAL
DIGITAL OUTPUTS 1
COMPONENT VIDEO INPUTS 2
HDTV (720p/1080i) COMPATIBILITY YES
WIDE-RANGE COMPONENT VIDEO BANDWIDTH 5Hz-60MHz -3dB
A/V INPUTS 5 (ALL S-VIDEO)
VIDEO-UP CONVERSION UP TO S-VIDEO
AUDIO INPUTS 2
FRONT PANEL A/V INPUTS + DIGITAL INPUT A/V ONLY
EXTERNAL DECODER INPUTS 8-CHANNEL
ZONE 2 OUTPUT NO

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Posted March 12 2008 - 05:37 AM

Speakers are so personal but if you are looking at some options and can find them to listen to in your area, Polk makes a system in your price range. By default it is a 5.1 but their website indicates that they sell add on satellites to make it a 7.1. Found them on Amoazon for $250 for the 5.1 setup. Probably $300 +/- if you add on. Here is a link.

Good Luck.

RM6750 Product Page : Six-piece, 5.1 channel home theater speaker system : Polk Audio

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   brendenz

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Posted March 12 2008 - 07:44 AM

Thank you both for your suggestions...very helpful!

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   hodedofome

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Posted March 12 2008 - 09:11 AM

I'll second the recommendation for the Onkyo 7.1 speaker set. You will not find a better set for movies at that price with anything else. You will be blown away considering the price.

Amazon.com: Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Surround Sound Speaker System: Electronics

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   mayhem13

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Posted March 12 2008 - 01:01 PM

Audioadvisor.com-Athena LS series-check em out