An out of the box system or a component system?

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  1. GlenW

    GlenW Auditioning

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    I am after some advice/suggestions on a home theater system. I have been looking in some local shops at the Panasonic SC HT 900 systems and the JVC TH- A85 but after looking through some of the links here I am considering a separate components system. Or are the package systems a good starting point for the lower price end?

    I have already bought a new television a Panasonic TX32PS10F.
    Would use the system for listening to CD’s and also watching DVD’s.

    I have owned a Sony DAV 7??? Which I had for 2 years in the US until it got a DVD stuck in it, which forced me to pull it apart and throw it out just before moving to Spain. I liked the 5CD holder. It had component video outputs. The sound was okay but in the end I was really annoyed with Sony at their attitude to their equipment failing within such a short time frame.

    Currently living in north Spain with not too many large or specialist sound system stores nearby. Also my Spanish is not at a level to ask all sorts of technical questions so I rely on the web.

    Everything here seems to have the euro-connectors, do they support component video out puts?

    I am looking to spend around a 1000€ on the total system including DVD player.

    Any suggestions for the Amp? DVD player? And speakers? A local store has Jamo and Yamaha gear although and I can buy stuff over the web here as well.

    What features should I be looking for?

    I am going to set this up in the lounge room, not any special home theater room.

    Thanks

    Glen
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Hi there, Glen, and welcome aboard.

    Since you're asking for specific information about HTiB models, I've moved your post to A/V Sources, where such questions are asked.

    I'd recommend a separate receiver and a dedicated entry-level home-theater speaker-system suite in your case.
     
  3. ChrisLazarko

    ChrisLazarko Supporting Actor

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    (I took this from another post so bear with me, this is set in a $1000 price range.)


    To answer your questions:

    A Home Theatre in A Box is only going to yield acceptable results. Unfortunatly you will not get anything impressive out of a HTiB. They use cheaper drivers in there speakers and the enclosures are usually plastic which resonates alot inside which is pretty bad. Also, the recievers included with them are not the best either, usually low-end recievers just enough to get by with what you have now although some are good, but you usually have to spend alot more money.

    I found the Yamaha HTiB and Kenwood's to be the two best out there for some low-end HTiB's.

    As for seperates now... The least you will probably be able to spend on a decent component system is around $900, going lower than that is pretty hard. Check out what I wrote below... BestBuy sells some mid-end audio equipment for some decent prices. Although I would mainly look at a store than deals in audio so you can compare to some better stuff.

    For $1000 you should be able to get a decent deal, some things I would recommend looking at are for reciever/speakers/sub would be:

    Reciever:
    Harman/Kardon AVR-125
    Denon AVR1603
    Onkyo TSXR501
    Yamaha RX-V440

    all of those recievers there can be found for about $200. Out of them all I would recommend the Harman/Kardon AVR-125. It has a good strong amp in it. It also has alot of features for audio and has a very sleek look which is something I really like. I think it's also a little more feautre rich that the other ones on the list. Check out www.soundcity.com for the HK AVR-125.

    Speakers:
    Klipsch Quintets
    Athena Micro's
    JBL NSP1

    All three of those can be found at Bestbuy for about $400. They do not include a subwoofer but offer great sound for the price. Unfortunatly nobody can really tell you which is better than the other because they all are great speakers but they all sound much diferent. I find the Klipsch to be bright, the Athenas to be more neutral and the JBL to be a little warmer. So the best I can say is go and listen to them for yourself, you can find all 3 of them at BestBuy.

    Subwoofer:
    Athena ASP400
    Inifinity PS12
    SVS 25-21PCi ($550)

    The Athena and Inifinity are both about $350 at OneCall and give some decent bass responce, down to about 25Hz. The SVS is going to give alot more bass responce at alot higher level and is much more impressive than anything else on the market I have heard for the price.

    If you factor in a $200 reciever and $400 speaker then you have spent $600 and only have $400 for a subwoofer. But if you can afford the entry-level SVS it will be a great subwoofer for a beginner.
     
  4. GlenW

    GlenW Auditioning

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    Thanks for the excellent information. I have checked out a bit more on the web and am looking pretty seriously at the Yamaha RX-V540 receiver. This because it seems to be the best value here and offers good power. I checked out the other amps suggested and the only item this amp seems to be missing is adjustable crss over switching for the sub woofer, is this a feature I should be prepared to pay a bit more for? Any comments on this choice of amp. I looked at the Denon AVR 1604 and 1804 and also the Onkyo TSXR 501. The Harmon Kardon units were not readily available on the spanish web sites for sale.

    Now to do some research on the speakers and sub woofer!

    Thanks

    Glen
     
  5. SethOakley

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    Check out the Axiom Audio website. My dad just got a set of speakers in and they are amazing for the price.
     
  6. Scott*B

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    For a really good HTiB setup look at Onkyo's 760 or 767. The 760 can be had for under $500 and the 767 which has the 6 disc DVD changer included goes for aroudn $700. It is a component system all boxed together. I'm currently using it and couldn't be happier. It replaced a Sony DAV-FC8 that I returned. Man what a difference.
     

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