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Need advice from the exerts on buying/building a sound system.


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   El_Colombiano

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Posted December 24 2008 - 12:00 PM

First off, Merry Christmas guys! I hope your all having a great time.

Now onto the topic. I have about $200 that I have accumulated over a while, and I'm in the market for a surround sound system. You know, a nice 5.1 or 7.1 system to really immerse me into my Blu-Ray movies and my PS3. I really doubt I can find a good system for such little money, but I haven't a job and have no real income for I am only 16. That's why I came here, to the experts! Posted Image

Now, although I am pretty much completely clueless about how sound systems work (ala ohms, watts, etc.), I do in fact know that building myself a system by buying the receiver and speakers/subwoofer is always better than buying one pre-made from Samsung or Sony and the like. So if it isn't so much trouble, could you guys point me in the correct direction as to what is the best surround sound system I could possibly buy/build with such a budget? I'm not expecting a beast of a system but something that works and isn't complete trash.

So this is what I am interested in with the system:

I know I need a digital optical input as that is how I plan to connect the PS3 to the system.

Surround sound, I know there are multiple kinds (DTS, TruDTS, I think at least...) I just want the best for what I can afford.

I do not care for DVD player/upscaler included or anything like that (that is what I hate about pre-made packages). All that would do is jack up the price on worthless add ons. I have my PS3 for that.

My room is a normal room. My king size bed take up most of it, I would say about 13' by 13'. If that helps you guys with the area of the room, then that's for the better.

I listen to music with a considerable amount of bass (yes yes, I admit it...Hip-hop/R&B and the such...). So a great woofer is a must. But the gaming experience is my top priority! I can't wait to play Dead Space and Metal Gear Solid 4 in surround sound!

Anyway so I think that's all I need to give with the info. If you guys need anymore info, I'll be as cooperative as possible as you guys will be doing me a massive favor. Thanks guys! (Sorry for the wall of text! Posted Image)

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Ari

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Posted December 24 2008 - 02:03 PM

For a complete 5.1 system, you're really going to have to go with a packaged solution. OneCall has a Sony system (Sony HT-DDWG700 - In Stock at OneCall.com) for $199 that's pretty basic (small speakers, small sub, DD & DTS only).

The better speaker packages start at $500 and perhaps another $250 for a receiver so you might want to save for that instead.

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   El_Colombiano

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Posted December 24 2008 - 02:08 PM

Well for packaged systems I've found two that I think are good. Then again I am no audiophile. I digress...here are the links.

Samsung

Pioneer

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Ari

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Posted December 24 2008 - 02:39 PM

I'd go for that Pioneer just because the Samsung includes a DVD player that you don't need.

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted December 24 2008 - 03:15 PM

Out of the three choices mentioned (including the Sony mentioned by Ari), I would also go with the Pioneer. When you want to upgrade your components, you won't have to start with the receiver. The Samsung system is pretty inflexible (i.e., non-standard speaker connections on the DVD player/receiver), so you would probably want to start from scratch when you start upgrading.

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   El_Colombiano

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Posted December 24 2008 - 03:20 PM

I remember you TomasC. You helped me like a year and a half ago. Anyway thanks man. I'll look into that. I'm still open to other suggestions though!

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   smokin_dmax

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Posted December 24 2008 - 03:36 PM

Well if you scrap together another $80 onkyo 3100 Just a heads up I do not have this system or heard it.

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   El_Colombiano

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Posted December 25 2008 - 06:40 AM

Ok without upgrading in mind, what would be the best one of the two I posted?

Which one would give me a better experience "As is"? The Pioneer or Samsung?