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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Zak R.

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Posted February 09 2009 - 02:50 AM

We are trying to decide between Onkyo 706 or 606? Budget $1000. We are leaning towards 706 but what speaker set? or individuals. Looked at Polks 6750 but sub and center have bad reps. Also, is PS3 the way to go for Blue ray or looking at Sony 350.

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   David Willow

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Posted February 09 2009 - 03:20 AM

Zak,

Is the $1000 budget for receiver, speakers, and blu-ray?

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted February 09 2009 - 03:49 AM

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Looked at Polks 6750 but sub and center have bad reps.

That's odd, since a properly matched set of L/C/R speakers should all sound exactly the same. That's what "timbre matched" means, and the front three speakers should always be timbre matched. You can certainly mix and match subs and surrounds, but your mains (which term includes the center, contrary to urban legend Posted Image) should be of the same brand and from the same series to ensure a seamless soundstage.

And to echo David - is the $1,000 just for the receiver, or for the whole pacakage?

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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Zak R.

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Posted February 09 2009 - 09:11 AM

It is $1000 for just the receiver and speakers. Went and bought the PS3 today for a blu-ray. Hope we won't have issues with that and the receiver. We are looking for the best bang for the buck for a receiver and speaker set-up. There are so many different options. We bought a 50" Samsung Plasma TV and have a X360 also to hook up.

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Thirsty Ear

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Posted February 10 2009 - 02:28 PM

I would go with the onkyo 706. You can pick one up at amazon for $547.13 shipped. This leaves you with $452 on speakers. This amount alone is not enough for a good sub so I would spend it all on the satellite speakers and spring for a sub later.

I am a huge NHT fan. They are great speakers for the what they cost. I grew up with a house full on all kinds of great speakers. Everything from self powered AR speakers to full range Martin logan electrostatic speakers. The NHT speakers in my opinion preformed the best based on the size, quality of sound and cost. There are several sizes of NHT speakers. I like the NHT SB2’s and plan to build my system with these. They have 6.5” woofer and a 1” dome tweeter.

My dad has bought from ebay three used pairs of NHT’s speakers in good condition for less then $150 each pair.


I am in college and don’t have the money to spend on new speakers, so ebay is my option for now. I my self just bought an Onkyo 705 from an ebay store for $449 new. In the last few weeks several sets of NHT speakers have sold for an average of $150 a pair. So if you bought four NHT SB2 it could cost you only $300. This leaves $152 for the center channel and they have been going for $120 to $150. The total cost would be right at about $1000 for speakers and a receiver. As far as subs go I like the Velodyne SPL-1000R. It is a sealed 10” woofer and has a microphone that helps calibrate the sub with your room.

Yes they are used and will take time to buy, but it keeps the price down without buying a bunch of crapy sounding new speakers for the same or more cost.

Here is my planed system.



Fronts $150 Used from ebay..... NHT SB2...... average price $150 for a used pair in good condition

Center $130 Used from ebay......SC-2 NHT


Rears $150Used from ebay..... NHT SB2...... average price $150 for a pair in good condition

Sub $700Velodyne SPL-1000R

Receiver $449 Onkyo 705 7.1

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   sestamuch

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Posted February 10 2009 - 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Thirsty Ear
I would go with the onkyo 706. You can pick one up at amazon for $547.13 shipped. This leaves you with $452 on speakers. This amount alone is not enough for a good sub so I would spend it all on the satellite speakers and spring for a sub later.

I am a huge NHT fan. They are great speakers for the what they cost. I grew up with a house full on all kinds of great speakers. Everything from self powered AR speakers to full range Martin logan electrostatic speakers. The NHT speakers in my opinion preformed the best based on the size, quality of sound and cost. There are several sizes of NHT speakers. I like the NHT SB2’s and plan to build my system with these. They have 6.5” woofer and a 1” dome tweeter.

My dad has bought from ebay three used pairs of NHT’s speakers in good condition for less then $150 each pair.


I am in college and don’t have the money to spend on new speakers, so ebay is my option for now. I my self just bought an Onkyo 705 from an ebay store for $449 new. In the last few weeks several sets of NHT speakers have sold for an average of $150 a pair. So if you bought four NHT SB2 it could cost you only $300. This leaves $152 for the center channel and they have been going for $120 to $150. The total cost would be right at about $1000 for speakers and a receiver. As far as subs go I like the Velodyne SPL-1000R. It is a sealed 10” woofer and has a microphone that helps calibrate the sub with your room.

Yes they are used and will take time to buy, but it keeps the price down without buying a bunch of crapy sounding new speakers for the same or more cost.

Here is my planed system.



Fronts $150 Used from ebay..... NHT SB2...... average price $150 for a used pair in good condition

Center $130 Used from ebay......SC-2 NHT


Rears $150Used from ebay..... NHT SB2...... average price $150 for a pair in good condition

Sub $700Velodyne SPL-1000R

Receiver $449 Onkyo 705 7.1

If you don't have much in the way to spend then ebay will definitely will be your best bet.

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   David Willow

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Posted February 11 2009 - 01:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Zak R.
It is $1000 for just the receiver and speakers. Went and bought the PS3 today for a blu-ray. Hope we won't have issues with that and the receiver. We are looking for the best bang for the buck for a receiver and speaker set-up. There are so many different options. We bought a 50" Samsung Plasma TV and have a X360 also to hook up.

OK Zak, I throw out some general advice for you to get started.

First, for $1000 you can get a decent (starter) setup. Spend a more on speakers than receivers. Receivers wear out and are obsolete quickly (a few years). Good speakers can last a very long time.

Now, for my recommended $1000 setup... Since you have a PS3, you can get away with a much cheaper receiver. Something like the Onkyo 576 for about $300. For $300 you can get a 5.0 set from Fluance - Fluance SXHTB+ 5 Speaker Surround Sound Home Theater System. Add an excellent sub from SVS for $429 - SVSound - Box Subwoofers - and you have yourself a decent setup for $1k.

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Posted February 11 2009 - 01:45 AM

How about this Energy setup?
Bob & Ron's World Wide Stereo -Home Theater, HDTV, High End Audio

I have not read any feedback on this vendor... does anyone on here have any experience with this vendor or this setup?

#9 of 11 OFFLINE   AudioFreak

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Posted February 15 2009 - 09:22 AM

I ordered that setup,without the sub.Should be here at the end of the week.They are a very reputable company,I know people who purchased stuff from them.Posted Image

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   David Willow

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Posted February 15 2009 - 02:57 PM

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I ordered that setup,without the sub.Should be here at the end of the week.They are a very reputable company,I know people who purchased stuff from them.Posted Image

Which setup?

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted February 15 2009 - 03:08 PM

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Which setup?
I think he means this one Posted Image .
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 



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