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#1 of 8 pk&k

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Posted September 20 2013 - 10:52 AM

I am between the Yahmaha YHT-497 5.1 system and the Onkyo HT-S5500 7.1 system.  I can get both of them for around $300 refurbished, but my question is, which one will provide a better experience? I have a long room, probably 40 feet by 20 feet.

 

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http://www.amazon.co...words=onkyo 7.1

 

http://www.amazon.co...=yamaha yht 497

 

Thanks

   

#2 of 8 schan1269

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Posted September 20 2013 - 11:02 AM

Those are not HTiB. Those are pre-packages. Enormous difference.

 

Both packages are a toss up. The Yamaha might have a slight advantage in the speakers. The Onkyo in the actual AVR.



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Posted September 20 2013 - 01:48 PM

What video display are you using? That is a big room and there is no $300 system that will sound good in that room so it really doesn't matter which one you buy. Build a system a few pieces at a time if you can't spend more than$300 at a time. First a receiver then a pair a speakers, next a sub after surrounds.

 

http://www.accessories4less.com/



#4 of 8 pk&k

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Posted September 20 2013 - 02:15 PM

What video display are you using? That is a big room and there is no $300 system that will sound good in that room so it really doesn't matter which one you buy. Build a system a few pieces at a time if you can't spend more than$300 at a time. First a receiver then a pair a speakers, next a sub after surrounds.

 

http://www.accessories4less.com/

I'm using a LG 42" LCD.  It depends on your definition of good...right now I have a Bose Wave radio for sound, so one of these systems would sound more than good to me.  I really don't have more than $300 to spend (college student).



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Posted September 21 2013 - 01:23 PM

If $300 is the number I like the Denon set up.

 

http://www.accessori...Speakers/1.html



#6 of 8 pk&k

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Posted September 21 2013 - 03:05 PM

Yes that does look better, unfortunately I only have 5 inches of clearance for the center speaker :(



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Posted September 21 2013 - 03:17 PM

Both packages are a toss up. The Yamaha might have a slight advantage in the speakers. The Onkyo in the actual AVR.

 

Just saw that the Onkyo has separate woofers and tweeters in the center speaker, and has 400 more watts total. Its on sale for $230...whadda think?


Edited by pk&k, September 21 2013 - 03:17 PM.


#8 of 8 gene c

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Posted September 21 2013 - 04:59 PM

Between these two systems this is what caught my eye.

 

The Yamaha systems speakers have 2 3/4" drivers (the center also has a separate tweeter) and the subwoofer a 6 1/2" driver while the Onkyo system has 5" drivers in the front and 3 1/2" drivers in the center/surround.

 

I forgot to add the Onkyo subwoofer has a 10" driver.

 

 Bigger isn't always better but this time it might be.


Edited by gene c, September 21 2013 - 06:22 PM.

"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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