Complete HT system help

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by ZachW, Dec 14, 2002.

  1. ZachW

    ZachW Stunt Coordinator

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    My dad finally okayed a HT system, but he has a budget of $1500 for the Ht, and a stereo system for outside. Here are my ideas for inside:
    Denon 1803
    JBL N28's as mains
    JBL N-center
    3 JBL N24's for surrounds
    SVS 20-39 PCI

    For outside:
    Onkyo 8211
    JBL N24AW
    a cd player, but I don't know what yet

    Would this be my best bet for the budget. Would it be great for HT use with movies and TV? I'm not going to be listening to much music, so that doesn't matter. What would you guys pick for $1500. Thanks
     
  2. Phuong

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    I assume your dad already has a money earmarked for a DVD player, VCR, and software. You equipment list seems way overbudget, though. Is the $1500 budget a strict budget?
    If so, get a JBL NSP1 for $279 (from www.bhphoto.com)
    Onkyo TX-SR600 for $420 (from www.onecall.com)
     
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    I assume your dad already has a money earmarked for a DVD player, VCR, and software. You equipment list seems way overbudget, though. Is the $1500 budget a strict budget?
    If so, get a JBL NSP1 for $279 (from www.bhphoto.com)
    Onkyo TX-SR600 for $420 (from www.onecall.com)
    SVS 2531 or Hsu VTF-2 for $500-$550
    That's $1249 so far, leaving you with $251. If you get the Hsu, you're talking a little over $300 left.
    That's still cutting it close for the outdoor system. The JBL N24 outdoor models cost a little less than $200, but you still need money for a receiver and CD player. Looks like you're going to need to skimp on one of the systems, or both. Harman Kardon's entry-level receiver costs $299 at www.jandr.com and it should satisfy for hometheater performance. That costs $120 from the cost, giving you $370 to $420 left, depending on the subwoofer you buy. Btw, I own the VTF-2, so I can vouch for its performance. It will dip into the 20s without a sweat. It produces usable 20 Hz output in my small room, but I'm sure it won't go as low as the SVS 2039. But since very little programming goes to 20 Hz, don't split hairs over it. If a sub can't even hit 25 Hz, then there's something to to worry about (that would be the Sony sub). With $420 left, you could easily swing a couple of JBL N24s and a cheap receiver and Cd player for the outdoors.
    You will definitely be able to find cheaper receivers on ebay.
    Good luck
     
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    The Denon 1803 is $360 shipped online. The JBL NSP1 will be around $250 shipped, the N28's $125 shipped from Harman Audio, The onkyo 8211 is $100 at JandR, and the N24's will be around $80 at Harman. Harman is on ebay, but they have warranties. The SVS 20-39PCI is $640 shipped. so that's about $1555 without a cd player, so I guess I can go to around 1600-1650.
    I just saw these Fluance speakers, Are they any good? They're cheapFluance SX-HTB
     
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    So should I be good just going with the JBL's?
     

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