$1500 to spend, but hopelessly lost

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  1. Pat_C

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    I'm looking for a HT system, which will primarily be used to watch movies. I've tried out some HTIBs, and found some I liked and some I don't. For istance, the Nakamichi 8.5 system sounded very good to me, but it was considerably more than what I have in my budget. I'm all for going the component route, but I have no idea where to begin.

    Can anyone give me any advice/suggestions? If anyone has the time to suggest an entire set of components in my budget, I'd greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. JohnPop

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    What do you need?

    Receiver and the usual five speakers?

    Sub?
     
  3. Pat_C

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    Receiver, five speakers, and a dvd player.
     
  4. ChrisLazarko

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    For a reciever I would recommend the Harman/Kardon AVR-125 at www.soundcity.com It runs $200 and is a great entry-level reciever.

    For 5 speakers, considering your budget I would look at something more towards a satellite system, as fitting a more complexspeaker/subwoofer system within $1000 can be difficult. For some good speakers I would recommend this:

    Klipsch Quintets
    Athena Micro
    JBL NSP1's

    Those are the three best out there that I would recommend and they are all going to run you around $350-$400, minus the subwoofer.

    Now for subwoofer. I would say spend about $300 at least on a nice one. I would shop around though, because subwoofers are hard to figure out what is good. SVS offers nice subwoofers but I believe there lowest starts at $549, which is a steal for the performance they give you.

    Search around for companies...

    Good luck.
     
  5. JohnPop

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    I have about the same budget as you...

    For starters, Look at the Wharfedale Diamond stuff.
    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/buy-whar...amond-speaker/

    About 600 I believe for the 5 speakers (2 8.1 bookshelve, 2 surround, 1 center) 100 more if you want the 8.2 bookshelve.

    I have no clue about a nice sub...

    I may go with a 5.1 Onyko receiver.

    Also looking at Polk, Infinity, Paradigm, or Klipsch in the range of 800-1000 dollars. If the Wharfedales end up sounding great compared to those, I will get them.

    I have yet to audition though, will probaly go on Sunday.
     
  6. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    People, the Basics area is not where you discuss specific recommendations about specific receivers. This section is. Basics is for those who need to know what a receiver is in the first place, among other things. Please read the descriptive blurbs for each section and post appropriately. Thanks.
     
  7. Rich Wenzel

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    first, i would like to make one recommendation, and thats to not go 5.1 right off the bat...just get a good pair of fronts and build the rest over time...if you dont want to do that...i would go as follows

    dvd onkyo 301 - $140
    receiver http://ww1.onecall.com/PID_20408.htm $150
    speakers NHT SB-2 x 2 (for fronts and rears) and SC1 center, should be able to find a place to do that for $1000 or so, try jandr.com

    thats $1300, the rest you can use for cables and save up for a sub later...

    if you can hold off and get 2 channel, I would look at the NHT ST-4, can get them under $1000 and they have a built in sub in effect...

    Rich
     
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    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    4 Paradigm Atoms - >$378
    Paradigm cc-170 center - >$199
    Onkyo TX-SR501 6.1 reciever - $299
    SVS PCi20-39 subwoofer - $599
    Cheapie Apex - $25

    In the future... pick up a sixth back speaker and your all set for the future.
     
  10. gregD

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    Try to get as nice a speaker system as you can... at $1500, go for $1000 in speakers (a sub is a must!), $500 in receiver + DVD.

    Give your local retailers a look if only to do some trial auditioning... but $1500 might get you a little more online.

    Maybe Rocket ELT speakers: http://www.av123.com ... plus an entry-level receiver from hifi.com or AC4L... you should be able to find a serviceable DVD player anywhere for $80... at this level, don't hesitate to seek bargains on demo or discontinued receivers and DVDs from local retailers.

    Or... try AC4L for a B-stock sat/sub speaker system (AR, Canton, Mordaunt Short), and refurbished Marantz receivers and DVDs: http://www.accessories4less.com

    Or... for new and very decent Cambridge SoundWorks speaker systems that come with receivers, try: http://www.hifi.com
     
  11. BobAlbano

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    I would recommend the ELT bundle package that has the ELT 5.1 system with a Denon 1804 receiver that www.av123.com is selling for $1250.00. I have the ELT package at my house now and I haven't hear any HTIB that can compete with the finish and sound quality of this speaker package. As far as a DVD player I would go with the Sony NS-755 DVD/SACD player. You should be able to pick this up online for about $175.00...Good luck with your decision!
     
  12. JohnPop

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    Where is it with the denon receiver?
     
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    Pat,

     
  15. Victor Chan

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    Pat_C,

    HTIB is typically not the best bang for the buck because they typically do not have the best components for the price and whatever components that they do include are too lacking in connectivity to enable you to use some parts of the system while upgrading other parts.

    This is what I feel to be the best system that can be acquired for around $1500:

    Ascend Acoustics CBM-170s for the front 3 speakers, HTM-200 for the surrounds ($698 + shipping).

    http://ascendacoustics.com/Main/HT/2000mtx.asp

    The CBM-170s are virtually peerless in their price range and are very good speakers regardless of price. When I compared them to other speakers, did not find a single pair for under $1000 that I preferred over them. The rave reviews that they have garnered from both professional as well as anecdotal reviews I think speak of how good these speakers really are... and what a relative bargain they are in the audiophile world.

    http://www.goodsound.com/equipment.shtml
    http://ascendacoustics.com/Main/Revi...dReprint.2.pdf
    http://ascendacoustics.com/Main/Revi...endreprint.pdf
    http://www.audioreview.com/Main+Spea...8_1594crx.aspx
    http://hometheaterforum.com/htforum/...hreadid=168984

    For a complimenting subwoofer, I would pick the newly released Hsu Research STF-2 ($399), which is the non-tunable and thus cheaper version of the award winning Hsu VTF-2. Same performance as the VTF-2 for $100 less.

    http://www.hsustore.com/stf2.html

    I don't think you will find a better combination of bass extension and accurate bass reproduction anywhere near the price.

    http://www.liquidtheater.com/editorials/89
    http://www.cheaphometheater.com/Asce...d%20system.htm
    http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/hsu_vtf2.htm
    http://audioreview.com/Subwoofers/HS...0_2741crx.aspx

    For receivers, you have a lot of choices in this area, but 3 of the ones that fit within the budget and come highly recommended include:

    Pioneer VSX-D712K ($200)
    http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?...2k&svbname=425

    Harmon/Kardon AVR-125 ($180 refurbished)
    http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/deta...=email,ECOSTPG
    http://ecoustics-cnet.com.com/4505-6...ecoustics-cnet

    Onkyo TX-SR501 ($185 refurbished)
    http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/deta...ail,ewbfroogle
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...ber=4&preview=
    http://ecoustics-cnet.com.com/4505-6...ecoustics-cnet

    Refurbished electronics might seem sketchy, but the ones above are actually factory refurbished and this is one way to get very good components at $100s off the usual market rate for the products.

    For a good DVD player, I think one would be hard-pressed to find a better bargain than the Pioneer DV-563A, which would enable you to play CDs, DVDs, SACDs, and DVD-A... all for around $150.

    http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?...3a&svbname=403
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...ber=1&preview=
    http://www.hometheaterspot.com/html/...iew.php?rev=21
    http://ecoustics-cnet.com.com/4505-6...ecoustics-cnet

    This is a system that I think you would have to spend considerably more in order to get noticeable improvement on and is about as future proof as you can expect: A receiver with all the latest functionalites, a DVD player that can play every single format thus far devised, and a speaker and sub combo that blows away anything that is remotely in their price range.

    Hope this helps,
    Victor
     
  16. Pat_C

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    Thanks for all of your input/advice. I truly appreciate it.
     

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