Home Theater In A Box. Which one is the best

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  1. Kevin. W

    Kevin. W Screenwriter

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    My sister in law wants to get my brother a HIB setup for fathers day. I've tried to convince her that they would be better of getting a receiver and speakers seperate but she doesn't want to spend that kinda money. So out of the HIB setups which one is the best for the buck(Kenwood, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Pioneer). IF posible could you suggest you top 3. Thanks

    Kevin
     
  2. Earl Simpson

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    You just missed a great deal at Sams. A complete system by Hitachi with a progressive scan dvd player/rcvr, 5 speakers, for $700.
     
  3. Phil Mays

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    Kevin,

    A few years ago I had lightening damage most of my equiptment (I loved that stuff, old Onkyo TX-88 Integra). The good news was that it forced me into the HT stuff and boy I did not know what is was getting into and missing.

    With the insurance check I purchased from Sear's a HT in a box Denon AVR 65 in the $550 range (I could have spent way more). The unit had Dolby II, etc, etc. It is rated at 70 WPC with .07% THD and came with smaller 6 OHM speakers that did fine for HT.

    As I enjoy music I quickly upgraded the speakers and blew the AV unit as I was "cranking" on Polk Audio 800i speakers. Then I purchased a new set-up (not a package). I sent the Denon into the factory for repair 1 1/2 years after purchase (came with a two year warrenty)and did not have much hope for repair. They not only repaired the unit at no charge but did it almost to the day they said they would which was over the Holiday season.

    I now have this unit in the bedroom with the Polks, and Bose 301's (don't laugh I'm not a Bose fan but the 301's I think are their best value speaker and do sound good).

    Anyhow I do not know if Sears still carry's similar units butI can highly reccomend Denon for HT in a box.

    A great website to look at rating for systems is:




    This site rates components/systems (by consumers like you and I) and I never purchase anything without a visit there.

    For instance several people at this site reccomended I get a Sherwood 9080 amp for my system. After going to that site I found that the amp has a very loud "hum" and ticks when volume is turned up. No beef on anyone who reccomended and I welcome the input for it help me narrow my decision.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!

    Phil
     
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  5. EricHaas

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    Many seem to agree that the better Kenwood packages are the standard in HTB systems. The HTB-504 and 505 get the best subjective reviews around here. Right now I am looking for a system for my sister and am considering the HTB-505 and jbl nsp1 + a receiver. Go see my thread over in speakers and subwoofers.
     
  6. felix_suwarno

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    kenwood unity!
     

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