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Crap... Need a new plan and need help so I can pull the trigger today!


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Jeff Stevenson

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Posted February 29 2012 - 05:53 AM

Hi All, I got the go ahead from the wife to buy my system this morning and of course prices went up so I am having to rethink my plan. This is what I was planning on getting: Onkyo TX-NR609 Pioneer SP-BS21-LR X2 Pioneer SP-C21 Dayton Audio SUB-1000 10" Now I can still get the above but I would have to get a referbished receiver instead of a new one. Or do I get a new receiver and rethink the speakers? I found the Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1-channel Home Theater Speaker System referbished for $149.99 I have a tight budget of $700 and I am afraid if I wait any longer I'll miss out again.

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted February 29 2012 - 06:23 AM

I don't see a problem with the refurb receiver. If you are looking at AC4L for example, the refurbs still come with a full 1yr warranty. On a slim budget, I often recommend just starting with a 2.1 or 3.1 setup so you can allocate more funds to the most important speakers (fronts). Then add the surrounds once funds allow. You tend to be able to build a better system that way IMO.
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System Two: Marantz PM7200, Pioneer FS52s, Panasonic BD79
(stolen) : Marantz SR-8300, GR Research A/V-2s, Sony SCD-222ES SACD, Panasonic BD-65, PS3 60G (250G)

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#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Jeff Stevenson

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Posted February 29 2012 - 06:29 AM

Based on what you said I'll move forward on getting the referb receiver but you do bring up a good point. Should I then look at different fronts/center/sub and just wait on the rears?

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Posted February 29 2012 - 08:18 AM

I would, yes, if it were me. On a $700 budget, shifting $100 or more of that to the mains instead of having surrounds is likely to make a pretty decent difference in quality. I would take the improvement in sound quality over more speakers in a case like this, and as mentioned, you can always add more speakers down the road and/or find some super cheap speakers to use for surrounds temporarily. The Primus P162s at $85/ea seems like a steal to me at crutchfield as mentioned in another thread. Here's a slightly better deal on the 152: http://www.crutchfie...tml?search=p152 And the PC250 or 350 center to match which are also both on sale.
HT: Emotiva UMC-200, Emotiva XPA-3, Carnegie Acoustics CSB-1s + CSC-1, GR Research A/V-1s, Epik Empire, Oppo BDP-105, PS4, PS3,URC R-50, APC-H10, Panamax 5100 Bluejeans Cable
System Two: Marantz PM7200, Pioneer FS52s, Panasonic BD79
(stolen) : Marantz SR-8300, GR Research A/V-2s, Sony SCD-222ES SACD, Panasonic BD-65, PS3 60G (250G)

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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted February 29 2012 - 10:32 AM

And maybe you can drop down to the Onkyo 360 refurbished ($279, similar to the 609) or even the 509 ($189) to save a little money. Biggest difference between the 509 and 609 is the 609 does video processing/up-conversion (so does your display) and is 7.1 instead of 5.1 like the 509. Looks like there's some new Onkyo receivers list as "coming soon" on their website.
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"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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