Best Home Theater Speaker Packages

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  1. NickFoley

    NickFoley Stunt Coordinator

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    Which complete 5.1 speaker systems do you consider the best? Especially around the $400 and lower range?
     
  2. RichardH

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    My vote is for:
    JBL NSP-1
    Sony Sub

    It's not a "package" per se, but probably close to ideal for that price range.
     
  3. AaronJB

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    The JBL sets are quite nice and there's the Onkyo set (SKSHT-500), which can be found for $299 (or less.)
     
  4. DavidQc

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    i managed to pick up the Onkyo SKSHT500
    speaker set at circuit city for $199.
    it was the early bird special on friday morning,
    after Thanksgiving.
    [​IMG] i think that was a great deal.
    i'm still waiting to hook it up to the Pioneer
    receiver VSX-D811S.
    however, i may also get the JBL NSP1II speakers
    with the PB12 sub for $499 at etronics.com, and
    compare them to the Onkyo's.
    but for $199... that's a steal!
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Chris Trot

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    I might try getting the Energy Take 5 system, it might be slightly out of your price range, but I've heard that it is one of the best cheap package systems. Also Jamo makes a similiar system, but I'm not sure what it costs.
     
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  7. joe.a

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    Does anybody have any good/bad experience with
    Onkyo SR500 or Yamaha 5540 (or 5550) with
    JBL NSP1 II package ?

    I've been shopping for a good HT for some time and
    am not able to come to conclusion on what to buy.
    Original budget was around $500 range but I'm ready
    to up it by 100-200 for a good system. I had liked the
    Onkyo HTS-650 except for the it's speaker size.

    Unfortunately I could not test JBL NSP1 set anywhere
    since only Best Buy seems to carry it and they do not
    have good listening setup.

    So it looks like I'm going to rely on feedback on this
    thread.

    Thanks
    Joe.
     
  8. Jonathan K

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    Logitech Z-680 ($360, without a DVD player) is what I would get. Hook that sucker up to your computer, a dvd player, an xbox, a playstation 2, a vcr, a gamecube, etc. etc. nice!!

    Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, 6 channel analog inputs, etc. etc.... VERY nice!! and you can mount the speakers directly on a wall...

    This is technically a "Multimedia" system, but *I* would get it over any of these "home theater in a box" systems ANY day of the week!!
     
  9. NickFoley

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    I have the NSP1 package and am using it in conjuction with a pair of N28 mains in a 7.1 setup running from a Denon 1803. I love it. In your price range, I would reccomend that NSP1/PB10 package matched with a Pioneer D811S receiver. Later on you could add another pair of any speakers in the N series and have a great 7.1 setup.

    Hope this helps.
     
  11. Jeff Ery

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    Once again nobody seems to care to ask the dozens of questions that would be critical to know the answers to before making a quality reccommendation....just insert your decision here...oh my god!...there isn't a salesperson that I know who wouldn't ask questions like;
    what size room are you going to put this in?
    where will the speakers be placed?
    where are your seats?
    what are the room surfaces like?
    what equipment do you have now?
    what equipment is on the horizon?
    how much ht/music?
    what kind of movies?
    what kind of music?
    what are typical listening levels?
    what have you heard that you like/dislike and why?
    who else will be using it?
    what would be their responses to the above questions
    etc....etc....etc....
     
  12. Derek Iverson

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    What exactly is the difference between the JBL NSP1 and the NSP1II?
     
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  14. Derek Iverson

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    edit: posted same question by accident
     
  15. Bob McElfresh

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    Jeff: I saw those questions you said should be asked.. very nice.

    But for the life of me, I could not understand how any of the answers would help pick one set of $400 speakers over another.

    So could you give us an example of how your quality recomendation would change if say "only me" vs "Me and my 8 year old daughter" were the people listening to the system? Or sheat-rock vs plaster walls?

    I'm interested in your logic-tree.
     
  16. Don Morrison

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    I purchased the JBL NSP1 (II) package in August and added a JBL PB-12 sub. (I also splurged a little bit and bought myself a Denon 3802!). In any case, the NSP1 set is amazing for the price, IMO you can't get a better speaker for that low price. It has good response at low freqs and sounds great even at higher volumes. I am hoping to ad some JBL N310 or S310 (or S312) this summer and then move the front N24s to my back channels and have a true 7.1 setup! Anyway, the NSP1 is one of the best packages you can get for the money. Good Luck!
     
  17. Jason Hammerly

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    Good point Bob. I was thinking along the same lines. I don't know a salesperson that if you walked in saying you wanted to spend $400 on all speakers would ask all those questions. You get what you pay for. For $400 you probably won't get much better than the NSP1 set and a decent budget sub like the Sony. All those questions are nice, but kinda irrelevant at this price plateau. If used is a consideration, that may open up a few new doors, but still won't get you a superior set of speakers. I'd say go to some shops or Best Buy and listen to them and see what you think. Your ears are the best judge. Another set I actually liked are the Velodyne set. I'd check this guys speakers out. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...light=velodyne I almost bought them myself. If he still has them, they'd be a great deal. They sell them at onecall.com if you want to check them out. LAter.
     

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