Another newbie with HTIB ?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by John Sib, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. John Sib

    John Sib Auditioning

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    I've been researching low budget packages and am leaning towards the Onkyo HT-S760. I have also been considering the Yamaha YHT 440 package (Best Buy is the only place I've found selling this particular package. Are there any others that could be recommended for me to consider?
    I know that much better packages can be put together, but it seems to me that they would cost twice as much. I really only want this to have better (surround) sound with my new GWIII television. I really don't listen to music while sitting in my living room so I'm not willing to put a lot of money into it.
    Just looking to get the most bang for my buck(about $500).
    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Welcome to HTF, John. Since you're asking for brand-specific recommendations for an HTiB, I've moved your post here (where HTiB recommendations are made). JB
     
  3. ChuckSolo

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    If you shop judiciously, you could get separates for just a bit more than your budget. There are a lot of websites that advertise entry to mid-level A/V receivers for pretty good prices, both new and refurbished. Separate 5.1 speaker systems are available for reasonable prices too, as are powered entry level subwoofers. The Onkyo is a decent HTiB and is worth the money. My sister's husband bought an Onkyo HTiB, although I don't recall the model. It is nice, but the expansion is limited with only one auxiliary input. That is where most HTiBs fall short, expandability. I bought the following for my bedroom for well under $500.00. It is a good system.

    Sherwood RD6108 AV receiver - $105.00 shipped
    AudioSource 5.1 Speaker system w/100w Subwoofer - $125.00
    Zenith DVD/VCR combo player - $169.00

    The system works excellent with my Panasonic 27" TV in the bedroom. Shop around, you will be surprised at what you can find. If you must have a HTiB, you can't do much better than the Onkyo for the price.
     
  4. Bill_Wil

    Bill_Wil Stunt Coordinator

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    That Onkyo system is pretty hard to beat for the money. Check one out at Circuit City and find out if you like the sound.
     
  5. John Sib

    John Sib Auditioning

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    Thanks for your help and suggestions [​IMG] there are so many choices out there.
     
  6. gregD

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    The Onkyo is well-regarded among the HTIBs... I normally encourage friends to avoid HTIB in general just to get to better speakers, but if you're really serious about a $500 budget, Cambridge SoundWorks makes very decent speakers at entry-level price points, and offers systems built around them... here is their HTIB @ $550: http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/s...9zz&type=store

    For a little more you can move to packages with separate receivers, and DVD players can be had for well under $100.
     
  7. Ian-Fl

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    Cnet always has good reviews on "onkyos."
    http://reviews.cnet.com/4500-5_7-0.h...&qt=onkyo+htib
    Something I always see in the comments however, is a complaint about the sub not being powerful enough.
    A referb receiver, separate speakers like JBL nsp1II and a dayton sub might give you a better bang for the buck.
     
  8. John Sib

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    I tried doing a search on Dayton subs - all I can find is what appears to be something I would have to build. Is this only sold as part of a kit?
     
  9. Ian-Fl

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    That looks like a good choice - thank you[​IMG]
     
  11. Ian-Fl

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    I was just calculating the totals including shipping.
    Dayton sub $125 + 14.35 shipping
    JBL nsp1II $180 + 31.21 shipping at buy.com
    Harman Kardon avr125 referb $179 free shipping at ecost.com
    That comes to a grand total of $529.56
    You guys have it good in the states. I remember calculating something similar a year ago and after air freight, taxes, duty and the exchange rate that put me over a $1000 Canadian
     
  12. John Sib

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    Thank you - I think I will take your advice. Looks like a nice system and is just about the same price as the Onkyo HTIB. As a matter of fact if I didn't get the HTIB on line, it would cost more.[​IMG]
     
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