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HTIB's for 500-1000! Whats the best? :) (1 Viewer)

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Hey all! :)
Complete home theater n00b here so I thought I might be best off just getting a HTIB. I've read there's some new 1's coming out in the month of May and early June and from what I can tell, they look very VERY promising in terms of what they have to offer. Sony has their new DAV-C770 and DAV-C990 coming out that both seem to have TONS of great features. And I have read that Kenwood has a couple of new HTIB's this month. I don't plan on buying for another month or so, I plan on spending no more than $1000.00. I know I should wait to see if there are any reviews or whatever on these products before I commit myself to buying any of these. Anyone's thoughts on all of this is greatly appreciated, Thanks :)
 

Jeffrey Noel

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First off, Welcome to HTF Steve!
I would suggest with a budget of $500-$1000 skipping the HTiB. How about getting a nice receiver, such as a Denon 1802, Onkyo 595, Yamaha 5560, etc, and then buying the JBL NSP1 . Then with the leftover buy a subwoofer. Probably a lot better than a HTiB. You could also get 2 pairs of the JBL S26s for $320 from jandr.com with free shipping. I just bought two pairs of them. They get here tomorrow. Woo-hoo!!
Best of luck though!
 
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w0rd....
thanks for your post! I'll take a look at those products you suggested :)
Cool pics BTW of your set up at your web page! Your room mates (if you have any) must never get any studying done or any sleep for that matter! :D
 

Rob Lutter

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I use the Kenwood HTB-504 HTiB and it works like a charm (sounds very nice when calibrated with Radio Shack SPL meter [that is a different thread altogether]). It sounds 90% as good as my dad's $10,000 system (for 5% of the price).
It features Dolby Digital, DTS, Prologic II, and Circle Surround and comes with a VERY nice woofer... I got mine for around $425 last year, so you may be able to do even better. If you were to go the HTiB route... I highly recommend a Kenwood system. :D
 

Wes C

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Second the kenwood. I have the 504/544 and I love it! Try searching this forum and you will find tons of info and praise about this system.
 
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Thanks alot guys for your posts, I have seen other posts here about how much people LOVE that Kenwood HTiB. I may want to wait for the 505 to come out and assume that that will be as good if not better since I beilieve it to be the new and improved version of the 504. I have another month before I buy, so I might just start my shopping with that system and have been wondering about the new Sony DAV-C770 or the DAV-C990. I've noticed that the Onkyo LSV-950 will be out soon as well. And that the JVC TH-V70 is out too. Whatever I get it will probably be my only purchase (unless I get hooked on Home Theater like some of you here :)) So I'm trying to find not only the BEST sounding system for under a grand but ALSO a system that has all the latest and greatest features.
 

Todd K

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When I bought my system, I researched some of the Sonys similar to the ones you mention. I didn't feel they were worth the effort because they were all integrated units, which makes it difficult to upgrade. I was also turned off by the fact that they all seemed to have passive subwoofers, which I didn't like. If you want something that looks almost as swank for a little cheaper, try Sony's DAV-L8100. If you have a Wega television the stand is really great. It doesn't have progressive scan on the DVD player, but if you are just a newbie and don't have a digital set, it's not going to be a problem anyways.
 
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Ok, I've gotten some responses for my dilemna from this thread and another 1 I started elsewhere, and based on all the responses I have received I think i may go with the new Onkyo SR600. I may go with that PLUS the JBL NSP1 Speakers and the Sony SA-WM40 Sub Woofer! W00T! I guess the SR600 has all the latest and greatest things you could want from a receiver so I feel pretty safe in this purchase. I did read that this reciever has 6 channels so I might want to look into getting another speaker? I guess since I might be getting the JBL NSP1 speakers I may want to get another JBL speaker but I don't know for sure. Gotta keep reading all these threads! How does this sound? I still need a DVD player so I'm looking into that as well.
 

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