Budget 5.1 speaker package for girlfriend

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  1. WaltS

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    I own a modest HT with vandersteen 2Ce signatures for mains and an SVS 16-46 sub for my own system. I want to get a cheaper 5.1 system set up for my girlfriends house for Christmas. She will not play anything up to reference levels of 105db as anything above aroun 95 to her is too loud. I was thinking about getting the panasonic SA-XR50 to power her system and am looking for a decent but cheap set of speakers to go with it. Everything I look at that is decent starts to add up to over $1000 and I am not really in the mood to spend that much. Any ideas?
     
  2. AlanZ

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    Have you thought about just getting her a nice 2.1 system instead? One of my female friends wanted a system for her apartment, too. Since she listens to music about 1/2 the time, so I ended up directing her toward a nice, inexpensive Onkyo 2-channel receiver ($129) and some Paradigm Titans ($219). She still has yet to add the sub, but that's cause she's so happy with how it sounds just as is. You can put a nice sounding system together for five bills, you know?
     
  3. Bobby_K

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    check out the Onyko HT range.

    you can get a 7.1 receiver/speaker package for $430

    I use an older, similar 6.1 setup in my living room. More than adequate for a second setup.

    Here are specs for the HT S780

    Receiver:

    » built-in Dolby® Digital EX™, DTS®-ES™ Discrete/Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, & Dolby Pro Logic® IIx processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
    » 7-channel amplifier (110 watts x 7)
    » 5.1-channel audio input for connecting an SACD or DVD-Audio player
    » 2 stereo analog audio inputs
    » component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    » 4 A/V inputs (including 3 S-video and 1 front-panel)
    » video output for TV (composite, S-video, and component)
    » digital inputs: 3 optical, 1 coaxial
    » full-size headphone jack
    » color-coded speaker connectors
    » 17-1/8"W x 8-15/16"H x 15-5/16"D

    Front speakers:

    » video-shielded
    » dual 5" midrange drivers and a 1" tweeter
    » 6-1/4"W x 17-1/8"H x 8"D

    Center speaker:

    » video-shielded
    » dual 5" midrange drivers and a 1" tweeter
    » 17-1/8"W x 6-3/16"H x 7-15/16"D

    Surround speakers:

    » 4 identical satellites for left, left back, right back, and right surround channels
    » 3-1/8" midrange driver and 3/4" tweeter
    » keyhole slots for wall mounting
    » 6-15/16"W x 10-1/2"H x 4-3/16"D

    Powered subwoofer:

    » 10" driver
    » bass reflex enclosure
    » built-in 150-watt amplifier
    » 10-7/8"W x 20-7/16"H x 16-13/16"D
     
  4. John Garcia

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    Athena Micra 6 for $300 at Best Buy, add in one of those digital receivers like the Panny XR55 and a DVD player and you're good to go.
     
  5. Jon_Gregory

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    I agree with Bobby_K. Take a look at Onkyo box sets. They are the best HT in a box deals out there I think. I started off with their 6.1 system a few years ago and built up my system from their reciever. The reciever is very good for a box system.

    Here is an onkyo 7.1 system that Circuit city has on sale for a little over $400.

    Onkyo 7.1 System
     
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    I've installed the Onkyo 780. While the receiver is quite good for the system price, it is the speakers where the corners were definitey cut to achive that package price. They are decent, but by no means "good". I'd say those speakers make up about 1/3 of the $500 price tag. Go to the store and give it a listen, it may be enough.
     
  8. WaltS

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    I am thinking about getting the HSU package. The idea of small speakers was ruined by bose junk but reviews of these seem to be good considering the price. If anyone has used them I would be glad to hear what you think.

    http://www.hsustore.com/vt-12-stf-2.html

    Ventriloquist + STF-2 Package
    The Smaller Version of the Grand Performance Package for Medium Sized Rooms
    Save $140!
    Free 20 Foot Subwoofer Interconnect
    Free Shipping
    Ready?
    Factory Direct: $559.00

    Availability: In Stock
    Shipping & Handling: Free
     
  9. Matt Rohr

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    I agree with this choice of the HSU. I have heard them in person and they sound great! Really nice Subwoofer! They may feel cheap but they are great sounding. If you are interested in purchasing them. My Godfather owns a shop that sell them also. Soundinvestments.com. Ask for Billy and tell them Matt Rohr sent you.
     

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