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Need a good setup for under $400 / Please HELP! TY!

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   ProMWM



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Posted May 02 2012 - 01:57 PM

The room is 20 feet by 15 feet. I've got a TV with HDMI control, and a PS3. No cable box. Besides, my PS3 is all that matters, besides hooking up a future PC. So I guess I have to account for that too. I'm looking to buy a surround sound system for under $400. Preferably $350 or less, but whatever.
  • My absolute #1 main purpose for this is great sound for videogames and music.
  • I rarely watch movies, but I do watch tv shows via Hulu and Netflix. Any movies will be either streamed or blu-ray.
  • I'd like a powered subwoofer, and have heard that any system below 500 watts is a joke.
  • I will buy wire and have someone splice it if need be.
Here are the systems I'm currently looking at: $320 - Sony HT-SS370 http://www.amazon.co...f=cm_cr_pr_pb_t $250 - Sony HT-SS380 http://www.amazon.co...=dp_ob_title_ce $360 - Panasonic SC-BTT195 http://www.amazon.co...id=MRMRT7F4FOBE Obviously the expert members here are the...experts. So please, if you're pretty good with this stuff, let me know what exactly I should be buying. Also, let's say there's this killer $200 system. Everything rocks except the bass. If purchasing a better subwoofer would still make the system less than $400 all-together, I would do it. Thanks to anyone attempting to help, in advance.

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted May 02 2012 - 02:20 PM

Those Sony, Panasonic, Lg type htib systems are O.K. for what they are but seperate receivers and speakers are much better. How about a factory refurbished receiver and/or speakers? Much better value. Onkyo SKS-HT540 The front three speakers are pretty decent and the subwoofer isn't that bad. Anf for $150 you can't go wrong. http://www.accessori...r-System/1.html Onkyo TX-NR509 http://www.accessori...Receiver/1.html You could also get a receiver/speaker package like the 7400 but I don't think the speakers are as good as those in thr HT-540. And that ain't saying much. It does have a little bit better receiver than the 509 but you probably don't need it.
"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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Posted May 02 2012 - 04:20 PM

Anything else I could look into? I'd rather the receiver come with the speakers.

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted May 03 2012 - 06:45 AM

I agree with building your system over time. Buy a decent 5.1 receiver and at least the 2 front speakers to start. Then add sub, center channel and surrounds when you can.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   bobby hamilton

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Posted May 03 2012 - 06:48 AM

As you start to expand, you will regret buying a compact HTiB. Althought something like mccambly posted wouldn't be bad. You might ask around here what are some receivers that people have that they like and look for a used receiver. Same even with the speakers. You could end up with a really nice system, but may not keep it at 400. I had this receiver and recently gave it to my aunt for her basement. http://www.amazon.co...36070595&sr=1-1 A bit limited on HDMI, but you could buy a switch for that. More than powerful enough and a really strong unit. You could then look at these speakers (posted this in another thread) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16882290211 (Center) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16882290205 (towers) Drive your bass through those towers, you may not need a sub. So that's 175 + 269 putting you a hair under 450. You could then get a cheap set of bookshelf speakers for your rear...and it'll sound better than those HTIB's that you were looking at. I know it's a bit more than you were lookign to spend, but it's not a bad setup. Not sure where you are from so sorry if this isn't something you can do. It's all about whatever you are comfortable doing. Hope this helps.

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