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Comparison of 7.1 Speaker Packages


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   coiner

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Posted January 13 2013 - 03:09 PM

I am looking at the most popular 7.1 Receiver/Speaker packages on Amazon and the two at the top are this one and this one. They will be used in a home theater setup. How can the two be compared and what accounts for the $300 price jump? Would these systems be considered a good value/quality speakers or should I look elsewhere? If these aren't the best in this price range, what other product recommendations would anyone here have?

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Posted January 13 2013 - 03:35 PM

I wouldn't buy either one. The THX one is more expensive because of these three letters... THX. Maybe you've heard of THX.

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Posted January 13 2013 - 03:38 PM

What's your price limit?

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Posted January 13 2013 - 10:24 PM

The speakers in the 9400 are much better then those in the 8409, but that's not saying much :) . I think I'm the only one around here who thinks the 9400 is any good :blush: . It would be comparable to Polk Monitors and a PartsExpress 12' sub IMO. But $1000 is too much for it. Get a refurbished unit from ac4l.com. A three year extended warranty would be $45. http://www.accessori...tml#!warranties
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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).
 
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Posted January 14 2013 - 01:31 AM

@gene c: I don't want a refurbished unit, I'm looking to buy new. @Brainwasher: My price limit is $1000 but I'd like to get away with more like $700-800. I would much prefer something that is on Amazon as I have credits to use there. @schan: Ok... well would you give a little more insight on that? Both the units seem to have rave reviews on Amazon.

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Posted January 14 2013 - 04:53 AM

"Refurb" is "new"...anyway... Both systems use(I think, been awhile since I cared to check) the Onkyo RC360. The THX means the speakers meet a "minimum goal as prescribed by THX". The vast majority of AVR/speakers you buy "meet" THX standards. Matter of fact, you'd have to buy absolute junk "not" to clear the hurdle of THX. Onkyo just decided to get that one "certified"...(golf clap) For $1000(since you don't want to pay under $600....for the same exact thing)... The RC360 paired up with these... http://www.amazon.co...ywords=bic dv62 (3 pairs) http://www.amazon.co...ds=bic dv62clrs (or its littler brother 52clrs) with any one of the BIC subs called...V1020/1220 or F12. Same money, better overall outcome.

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Posted January 14 2013 - 07:01 AM

Well I would consider buying refurbished, it's just that I've been burned in the past buying "refurbished" electronics. If that site is trusted I suppose it would be worth the $450 of with warranty. I appreciate the in-depth analysis, but since you're saying that you wouldn't buy that system, I'm wondering what you would buy. Since buying refurbished would mean going outside Amazon, what 7.1 system would you put together if you were buying in my price range?

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Posted January 14 2013 - 08:35 AM

I just gave you a viable option. Fry(if you have them close) has the Infinity Primus. Cost about the same. Pioneer Andrew Jones. Same basic cost. Polk Monitor/Monitor II/"new" Monitor. About the same cost. Mordaunt Short Carnival. You'd probably have to spend $1200. Boston Acoustics Classic/MCS. Either series, about the same cost. Yamaha NS series. About the same cost. I could type all day.

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Posted January 14 2013 - 08:48 AM

Ok, well thanks for all the suggestions. To me, it sounds like you're pretty much saying that all these systems are going to perform well and to just go with the best deal. Thanks again.

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Posted January 14 2013 - 08:52 AM

Ok, well thanks for all the suggestions. To me, it sounds like you're pretty much saying that all these systems are going to perform well and to just go with the best deal. Thanks again.

Pretty much. Unless you had a pair of JBL ES, sitting next to a pair of Infinity Primus, in turn sitting next to the BIC DV...I doubt you could tell a difference. It is all about frame of reference. You could(I think) even pick up 5 speakers from HTD and still stay under budget with an AVR and sub. HTD makes good subwoofers(they cost $100 more than you can find "elsewhere" for the same performance..but...they are the only brand, at a price that fits your budget, that don't use a plate amp for the subwoofer) http://www.htd.com/P...wered-Subwoofer That is a good subwoofer. Is it going to "perform" better than a BIC F12? No. But it is easier to "upgrade later" if you decide you want a larger subwoofer...or more power. Cause the amp and subwoofer...aren't "one piece".




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