how are these choices?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DavidQc, Nov 13, 2002.

  1. DavidQc

    DavidQc Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 13, 2002
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    hey there... i've chosen these components as a first home theater package, based on a budget.
    tell me what you think about my choices...
    some are chosen due to availability and possible
    discount through a friend.
    1. Receiver:
    Sony STR-DE985b
    (600 watt 6.1)
    2. DVD Player:
    Sony DVP-NC655P
    (5-disc progressive scan)
    3. HT Speakers:
    Onkyo SKSHT500
    (5 speakers + subwoofer)
    4. Additional 6th Speaker:
    Onkyo SKB100
    (surround back speaker)
    these are the prices... and what i can possibly get them for:
    1. $399 vs. $240
    2. $229 vs. $138
    3. $299 vs. $269
    4. $40 vs. $40
    $967 vs. $687
    what do you guys think?
    due to an upcoming wedding... our budget is
    quite restricted.
    thanks in advance!
  2. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
    HW Reviewer

    Jul 19, 2002
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    For the receiver, i would look at the Pioneer VSX-D811S. It can be had for $270 on-line, and would be a much better choice than anything in the Sony DE line. Sony makes very good receivers. They're called Sony ES. The Sony DE and DB stuff has an extremely bad reputation on this forum, mainly because of very poor build quality. They minimize production costs by using cut rate components and by taking several unacceptable shortcuts in manufacturing. Then they play on people's respect for the Sony name and peddle this stuff at prices that far exceed what you would reasonably pay for a product of the quality you are buying. In that price range, the Pioneer 811S would be a much better choice, will have more features, sound better, and be more upgradeable.

    As for the speakers, the onkyo is one of the better HTIB style speaker packages, but still not great. You may want to consider the JBL NSP1 5 speaker package w/ a Sony SA-WM40 subwoofer. You could then add some N28 or N38 mains for a full 7.1 speaker setup. This would cost around $175 more than the Onkyo setup, but be well worth it. If the budget is pretty tight, you could always just get the NSP1 package and stick w/ 5.1 until you have the $$ add new mains. The NSP1 package and the Sony sub would run you around $345 on-line.

    Hope this helps.
  3. DavidQc

    DavidQc Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 13, 2002
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    hey stephen,
    your post was quite helpful.
    i've also been searching this forum for topics
    relating to my choices and other brands.
    i've come across too many negative reviews on
    the Sony DE series... thus will take that off
    my list.
    now i will concentrate on Yamaha, Onkyo, and Pioneer
    as for the speaker set up... i will need to go demo and listen to numerous brands before i can make my decision.
    i hope Sony's dvd models are still up to par?
    there are so many choices and price ranges....
    thanks again stephen.
  4. Darren_Fu

    Darren_Fu Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 7, 2002
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    I like my Sony DE model reciever. But hey what do I know. Other than it sounds pretty dang good with some DT BP2002TL's blasting at me!
    [​IMG] DWF[​IMG]

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