Kenwood htb-505 v. Onkyo ht-s650: Now or Later

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  1. ChuckM

    ChuckM Stunt Coordinator

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    I've been debating to get either the Kenwood or the Onkyo. People have made it clear that the Onkyo ht-s650 is better but my dilema is that I currently have enough money to by the kenwood ($330 /w shipping) and I don't know if I should wait and buy the Onkyo ($500) (I currently don't have a job so it would be about 6 wks) Is their really that much difference. Please give some input.
    TIA!!!
     
  2. Mark_Su

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    onkyo had the hts650 for $330 a few months ago factory reconditioned. i got one and it works like new. just wait a few weeks and they might get them back in stock. hope this helps.
     
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    Chuck, Here is another option I have just bought a Pioneer vsx d811 which is a NICE receiver it can be had from 6ave.com for about $280 delivered and I went with the Acoustic Research HC4 speaker package which should arrive tomorrow from Vann's.com $229 w/ free shipping

    That comes to about the same price as the hts 650 but in my opinion you are getting as nice of a receiver with more features (DTS ES, Neo 6 Dolby EX ect)

    If you like the Onkyo Speakers you can buy them seperate
    I guess what I am saying is if you mix and match it seems you can get more bang for your buck
     
  4. Henry Hughes

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    Hi Chuck,

    I was in your shoes about 2 days ago. I was all set to pick up the onkyo system. Until I hopped on here to do some research on it. Thats when I found out about the problem the receiver has producing LFE in mode 3. What I did instead was to buy just the speakers ($269 at CircuitCity), and then I bought the Yamaha HTR-5540 receiver ($249 at best buy). Its about the same price as the 650. Last night I played "Top Gun" and I had a big grin from ear to ear...sorta like this [​IMG] I never did find out if they found a solution to problems of the Onkyo receiver. I would suggest getting just the speakers and looking online for another receiver.
     
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    what does LFE in mode 3 mean?
     
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    but just juding between the kenwood now or onkyo later what is the better choice.
     
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    Also can the rear speakers on the onkyo be mounted on the wall.
     
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    I would say go with the Onkyo, the Onkyo has better built speakers. I wouldn't worry too much about the LFE problem. If you aren't satisfied return it. I have the same reciever that comes with it and don't notice anything wrong.
     
  10. Henry Hughes

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    Yeah, I would go with Onkyo. As I said earlier, I have the speaker system and I absolutely love it. And yes the rears do mount on the wall. I had to go to radioshack and by speaker mounts. They weigh about 4.5 pounds each. And they go up very easily. Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks guys Onkyo it is, or maybe a combination of the speakers and a diffrent receiver.
     

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