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Looking for advice on a home theater audio set up ($750 budget).


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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   richie894

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Posted January 01 2011 - 01:35 PM

I am a audio newbie and looking for some advice... So I just picked up a Samsung 50" 3d TV. Visuals amazing, but now I need the sound to go along with it. I already purchased and returned two set ups as they did not sound great. Sony CT-150 Sound bar and sub didn't sound that great despite all the great reviews. Also I picked up a Bose Cinemax 2. Sound was pretty good, but sub would make a horrible crackling sound if I turned bass up. I am thinking I just got a bad unit. I am looking to spend under $750 if possible. My room is pretty small. About 15' x 20'. Also I do not want to deal with running speaker wire across my room, so thinking of a 2.1 set up. As I can not find any decently rated wireless speakers. I was thinking of this mix - can I run this on a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver with decent sound and no rear speakers?? Anyone have any advice or alternative suggestions please? Receiver - Pioneer VSX-820 http://www.amazon.co...m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Subwoofer - Onkyo SKW-204 http://www.amazon.co...m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Center speaker - Sony SS-CN5000 http://www.amazon.co...m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Bookshelf speakers (pair) - Sony-SS-B1000 http://www.amazon.co...m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Total from Amazon is about $460.

#2 of 2 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted January 01 2011 - 03:14 PM

That's not a bad setup for $460 but you will get what you pay for. I'm not a big fan of those Sony speakers but those who have them seem satisfied. And that Onkyo sub looks good on paper but will probably sound like a car stereo sub "Thump...thump...thump...."


Newegg.com  had great prices on Polks Monitor series but they have raised the prices a bit and are loww or out of stock on many models.


These speakers from Pioneer @ BestBuy are supposed to be pretty good for the price. I haven't heard them yet, though. They're also available in the BB stores.


Fluance is another in-expensive speaker brand that seems to get good reviews.


PartsExpress is a good place for sub woofers under $200.


The Onkyo 508 might be a better choice then the 820. Compare the features/specs. It's $248 on Amazon.





"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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