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Which system for 1600$ or less ??

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Xenon



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Posted June 18 2010 - 11:19 PM


I'm upgrading my Sony theatre system to something more advanced.

The most important thing I need is the best sound and picture quality possible for my budget.

- Preferred : 7.1 system.

- At least 3 HDMI inputs.

- Preferred : New releases.

- Supporting Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio .

I'm Thinkig of :

ONKYO HT-S5300 Home Theater :

7.1-Channel Home Theater Package with iPod® Dock
Four 1080p capable HDMI inputs (V1.4a) supporting 3D video and Audio Return Channel
Dolby TrueHD, PLIIz and DTS Master Audio decoding
Total 1200W with a Powerfull 10-inch 290W Powered Subwoofer
WRAT technology and discrete amp construction for cleaner sound
4 DSP Gaming Modes: Rock, Sports, Action, and Role Playing
Includes dedicated iPod dock


Denon DHT-591BA


High Resolution Surround Sound

For the ultimate surround sound experience, the AVR-591 features a full suite of high resolution audio decoders, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which provides front channel height effects. The matching Boston Acoustics MCS 95 surround speaker system includes compact front, center and surround speakers that can be tabletop or wall mounted, along with a 100 watts RMS (250 watts peak) compact subwoofer that provides powerful deep bass response.

HDMI 1.4a Includes 3D Blu-ray Compatibility

Equipped with 4 HDMI inputs, the AVR-591 includes the latest HDMI 1.4a specification, with support for 3D pass-through (Broadcast and Blu-ray) and Audio Return Channel. Analog video inputs are upconverted to HDMI, allowing a single cable run to the TV, minimizing expensive cable costs.

Easy Setup With Automatic Room Acoustic Correction

Audyssey’s MultEQ dynamic room acoustic correction system features a microphone (included) to quickly and automatically adjust the speaker configuration and provide optimum acoustic tailoring for the best surround sound experience. Dynamic Volume helps eliminate jarring volume jumps during commercials, and Dynamic EQ provides a rich tonal balance at any volume level.

Paired with Boston Acoustics MCS 95 5.1 Surround Speaker System

Unlike ordinary home theater systems that come with poor quality speakers, the DHT-591BA system includes the high quality MCS 95 surround system from renowned speaker maker Boston Acoustics. The main front and surround speakers are equipped with a 3” MagnaGuard mid-woofer and a ½” dome tweeter, while the critical center speaker is equipped with dual 3” MagnaGuard mid-woofers and ½” tweeter. The powerful yet compact subwoofer features a long-throw 8” driver mated with a 100 watts (250 watts peak) amplifier equipped with BassTrac distortion elimination circuitry for the deepest, tightest bass response.


Harman Kardon AVR 2600 with Harman Kardon® HKTS 30 speakers

Dolby Volume maintains volume across all your content no matter what the source while also improving surround sound performance
High-current, ultra-wide-bandwidth amplifier generates 65Watts per channel for uncompromised realism
EzSet/EQ automates room-equalization and system-calibration for simple system setup and optimal audio quality
Optional Bridge III iPod dock allows playback of music and movies from your iPod, iTouch or iPhone in rich
Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding delivers high-resolution sound from today's Blu-ray discs

for speakers :

Complete 5.1 home-theater speaker system
Dual midrange drivers in both satellites and center channel
Eight-inch, 200-watt, powered subwoofer
Four identical, video-shielded, two-way satellite speakers
Includes all cables, satellite table stands and wall brackets for satellites and center


Yamaha YHT-893

  • SCENE buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) – quick and simple to use

  • HDMI (v.1.4 with 3D* and Audio Return Channel)

  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup

  • Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input

  • Ability to change HDMI input while in Standby Through mode

  • iPod/iPhone compatibility with included YDS-12 Universal Dock

  • On Screen display

  • Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with optional Yamaha Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10

  • Front panel mini jack for connecting portable audio player

  • Initial Volume Setting and Maximum Volume Setting

  • Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-240ms)

  • 2-Way 7.1ch Speaker System

  • Front Speakers with 6-1/2” Woofers

  • Dual Driver Center Channel

  • Auto power down function with variable time setting

  • Preset remote unit

  • 7-channel 630W powerful surround sound receiver (90W x 7)
  • HD Audio format decoding; Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • 192 kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs for all channels
  • 2-way bass reflex speakers
  • 10” 100W advanced YST II subwoofer
  • Analog video upscaling to full HD 1080p
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI repeater with 3D* (4 in/1 out)
  • Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24Hz Refresh Rates and Auto Lip-Sync compensation
  • HDMI (In/Out)(4 / 1)

    Dolby TRUE HD

    Dolby Digital Plus

    Dolby Digital EX

    DTS HD Master Audio

    DTS NEO: 6

    CINEMA DSP Digital
    CINEMA DSP Digital
    YPAO Automatic System Calibration
    Made for iPod
    <<< I like the YAMAHA, but the total watts is just 630W !!!

    (( the more RMS watts, the better )) True? False?

    More suggested AVRs :

    Denon AVR-3311CI
    Denon AVR-891

    Thanks for your help in advance

    #2 of 2 OFFLINE   Robert_J


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    Posted June 19 2010 - 05:29 AM

    Originally Posted by Xenon

    (( the more RMS watts, the better )) True? False?

    False.  You have your connection requirements.  You have your budget.  Find the one that sounds best to YOU.

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