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JBL SCS 135 Speaker Package and what receiver?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Isaac K, Jun 8, 2002.

  1. Isaac K

    Isaac K Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm a college student looking to put together an inexpensive yet decent home theater system. I was thinking about ordering the JBL SCS 135 Speaker Package as I can get it for under $300 shipped online. I listened to the set in a retail store and was pretty impressed. I was wondering what entry level receiver would go well with these speakers. Keep in mind I am on a pretty tight budget and this system does not need to go to insane volume levels, as it will be in medium to small rooms. Any recommendations for receivers and/or speaker packages would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Adam Bluhm

    Adam Bluhm Supporting Actor

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    I've heard and read good things about Denon and Pioneer. This is the receiver I will be getting (probably this fall, unless something newer comes out by then) and you can probably find it for under $400 online.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...VR1602&o=m&a=0
    As I said, I've read good things about Pioneer models, such as this:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...SXD711&o=m&a=0
    I don't know of anything cheaper that will bring good-excellent sound quality. I heard that lower end Sony's (for example) don't fair well with the advertised power. The two I've listed should be a start, anyway. [​IMG]
     
  3. John A. Casler

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    The Harman Kardon AVR125 or AVR225 are a perfect match and both will give you incredble "bang for your buck".

    JBL and Harman Kardon actually combined these with a 5 dvd changer in one of their JBL HT systems.

    Look online and you can find the recievers for low pricing.

    John Casler
     
  4. Isaac K

    Isaac K Stunt Coordinator

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    Thank you John and Adam for the advice!
     
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    i would suggest the pioneer vsx-d811s,has all the bells and whistles,easy to upgrade(POWER AMP).can be had for less than 300.00 on line.
     
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    I have the JBL HT set up with the Pioneer VSXD711 and it sounds great.

    I think they match each other very well and as said before - you really cannot go wrong with this setup vs. value for money.
     
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    Are you totally sold on that speaker package, or are you willing to consider something else? For the same amount of money, $500, you can get a Kenwood HTB 505, or an Onkyo HTS650.
    If you are looking at a speaker separate receiver. At least give the Hometheater direct Level 1's a try. It's a $150 bucks for the 5.1 set. I just bought a pair of Level 1's for my surrounds and they are very good. They are not the greatest looking, but they sound good. I have heard the JBL 135 set and the HTD sound better, not as tinny, or tiny. They are much larger if size is a concern. However, HDT offers a 30-day money back guarantee even on the shipping. Here is there website www.hometheaterdirect.com
    I would at least consider these other options. Take it from somebody who feels like they have made an expensive mistake. I have only just started building a system. I bought a Yamaha RX-V530 and Def Tech SM350's for up front and the HDT Level 1's for surrounds for now. I am running in phantom center mode and a cheap 8" 60W Aiwa sub. Part of me wishes I had just bought the Onkyo and taken the, this is good enough approach. By the time I finish my Def Tech system at is will cost me between $2000-$2500. I don't know if it will sound 4-5 times better than an Onkyo 650.
    Edit: I forgot to add the Yamaha YHT-500 to the HTB choices. I would really recommend one of these for your situation and I would go with the Onkyo or Kenwood. Big speakers, in the cheap set-ups tend to give you better sound. If size is a concern, look at the Yamaha.
     
  8. Isaac K

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    Thanks to all who gave advice!

    LowellG: I'm not totally sold on those speakers so I'll look into the options you listed. I guess my main question would be will the JBL set plus a decent receiver be better sounding than the Kenwood HTB or the Onkyo one?
     
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    "my main question would be will the JBL set plus a decent receiver be better sounding than the Kenwood HTB or the Onkyo one? "

    I would say no, but it's just my opinion. I base it on the cabinet size of the Kenwood and Onkyo systems. I have listened to the Onkyo and the JBL SCS 135's, not the Kenwood. I would go for the Onkyo in a heartbeat. I have seen Circuit City and other places running it on special for $450. You can't beat it for that price plus you have the return option from buying at a B&M. There will be pleanty of specials coming up on Father's Day and 4th of July, I am sure you could pick it up for $450.

    If you really want to go separate,try the HTD Level 1's. $150 plus a $200 receiver, great deal. You could go the $150 plus a $350 receiver and upgrade speakers later on if $500 is your budget. I would seriously recommend going to listing to the Onkyo or Kenwood. Take your favorite CD's and DVD and go listen.
     
  10. Isaac K

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    Thanks again for the advice! I'll definitely track down the Onkyo system at Circuit City to listen to.
     

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