help me decide on a hometheatre!

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  1. Jason Kendrick

    Jason Kendrick Auditioning

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    hey guys

    Im very new to hometheatres and want something for my loungeroom on a tight budget.. here are the final 5 i have to choos from, i just need some expert opinions on which and why is the best of the following!..

    http://www.pioneer.com.au/home_enter...dvd/index.html

    http://www.kenwoodaudio.com/australi...&Model=SAT5100

    http://www.panasonic.com.au/products...?objectID=2797

    http://www.sony.com.au/homecinema/ca...tegoryId=22836

    http://www.yamahamusic.com.au/produc.../YHT-165S.asp.
    these are the final 4 in my price range and looks etc i have to choose from.. so please!! i am planning to purchase tomorrow.. any advice would be awesome!!
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Sorry Jason, I could not get any of those pages to load.
     
  3. John S

    John S Producer

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    I'd just suggest not getting an integrated DVD player. This is always problematic either in the short term or long term for anybody I know that has went that way.
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Jason, please post help-me-decide-what-to-buy questions in the appropriate hardware-related area. The Basics area is for general discussion at the beginner level only. Thank you.
     
  5. joseph westcott

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    Dear Jason,

    I would not go the HTIB route. You will regret it later.

    Buy a good $200 DVD player, two tower speakers, and use your existing receiver for now. The leap in sound quality will more than make up for not having the less expensive surrounds, sub, and center channel.

    This should keep a smile on your face until you can save the dimes to add a good sub, a center channel, and rear surrounds.

    You will have the speakers for a long time if you invest wisely now.

    Happy Holidays!
     
  6. Dick Knisely

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    Agree with John, I don't like the all-in-one component approach. Too many compromises taken and if anything breaks or you want to upgrade it the whole thing goes out.

    I understand Joe's comment and while I agree to a certain extent the home-theater-in-a-box solution can be just fine as long as you're realistic with the expectations. I'm not familiar with any of those specific ones but I personally avoid anything Sony for audio gear. Yamaha, Pioneer, and Panasonic are all brands that are average or better. Many folks here, however, seem to like the HTIB systems by Onkyo. While I've not had any of the HT systems, I have had a number of Onkyo components over the years and been extremely happy with them. They make a couple systems in your price range, assuming availability to "down under" isn't an obstacle.

    http://www.intl.onkyo.com/products/m...ter/index.html
     
  7. LanceJ

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    Only the Pioneer uses an integrated dvd player-all the other HTiBs are receiver + speaker packages.

    The Yamaha probably has the best receiver but the Panasonic has the better speakers. So personally I would grab the Panasonic (it looks a lot better too).

    I'm not knowledgeable about exchange rates, so don't know if those are good prices or not.
     

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