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Best "Theatre in a box" for under $350

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Carlos^Gon, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Carlos^Gon

    Carlos^Gon Auditioning

    May 18, 2003
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    I want to buy one for the basement cause it is now like a den type thing. Im looking for one that has built in dvd/fm/am/vcd support. Thanks
  2. Mike-Post

    Mike-Post Extra

    Aug 15, 2003
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    I found this one for $270

    Phiips MX3900D

    • 5 Disc Changer
    • Plays CD, CD-RW, MP3-CD*, VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, Picture CD (Kodak, JPEG)
    • Parental control
    • Play modes (repeat/program)
    * Plays MP3-CD (supports 32, 56, 64, 96, 128, 256 kbps and variable bit rate)tuner
    • FM/AM Digital tuning with 40 presets sound
    • Bass & Treble Control
    • Digital Sound Modes:
    rock, digital, jazz, classic, drama, action, sci-fi,
    • Surround Modes:
    DTS, Dolby Digital, MATRIX Surround,MPEG Multichannel, Virtual Surround
    • ClearVoice™ dialogue enhancement
    • Personalized room setting with Seating Control amplifier
    • 6 x 75 watts RMS
    • 450 watts Total Power loudspeaker boxes
    • 4 dual driver speakers (L, R, SL, SR)
    • Cinema center speaker with 5 Multi-
    directional speaker drivers
    • 75W Twin Port Subwoofer connections
    • Audio input:
    - analog : AUX, TV in (cinch)
    - digital : 1 x optical
    • Audio output:
    - analog : Line out (cinch)
    - digital : 1 x optical
    • Video output:
    - Composite (cinch)
    - S-Video (Hosiden)
    - Component (YUV)
    • Headphone : 6.3mm chrome plated
    • Antenna : FM click-fit, AM loop
    • Speakers : click fit general
    • Volume indication of each individual speaker
    • User friendly On Screen Display
    • Eco power standby mode (
  3. ChuckSolo

    ChuckSolo Screenwriter

    Jun 26, 2003
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    If you do some judicious shopping, you can get a good starter system by buying entry level separates. Separates are desireable because you can add on to them where as with a HTiB, you are pretty much limited to what can be attached to it. Especially in that price range. I got the following for my bedroom:

    Sherwood 500 watt A/V receiver DTS/DD5.1 decoding = $125.00
    AudioSource 6 Speakersystem w/powered subwoofer = $122.00
    Zenith DVD/VCR combo = $169.00

    While this system is about 60 bucks more than you want to spend, you don't have to spend that much on the DVD player. I wanted a combo because of the large VHS movie collection I have. Shave about 60 bucks off the DVD player and you should be able to come in just about where you want to be. The receiver does not have component or S-Video switching and only has spring connectors for the speakers, but for the price it is a lot of receiver. It does have one optical digital input and two coaxial digital inputs. I actually got my receiver for $79.99 at www.outpost.com but they are always out of stock on it. It can be had however for the $125.00 I mentioned at Circuit City. The performance of the receiver impressed me so much that I went ahead and bought a second one for my den. I paid the same as I paid at outpost because Circuit City agreed to price match the unit.[​IMG]

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