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Looking for HTB for family room. Any thoughts on the many systems out there?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jake T, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. Jake T

    Jake T Stunt Coordinator

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    I've seen them from Sony, Kenwood, Denon, Panasonic, Onkyo, etc.. I kinda like the Sony and Onkyo with the DVD and receiver in one.
    Can anyone relate their experiences with their HTB. I'd like to stay around $600, but can be persuaded to $800 if it's worth it. The total system price should include the DVD player.
    Thanks in advance for any help>
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    I'd definitely go for the kenwood, as its really more like a conventional Speaker/Reciever set, which owuld also be easily upgradeable... And it has good power, nice speakers, DPL2 processing....
    I read at futureshop.ca that SONYs HTiB has a 10% THD Rating, and only 30w/ch, whereas kenwood has .07% THD and 100w/ch...
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  3. Albert M

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    Kenwood HTB504 with Panasonic RV-31 dvd player. The Kenwood receiver(VR507) has DD, DTS, DPL2 and Circle Surround.
     
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    I currently use a HTB set up as my primary surround system. I have a Sony HT-DDW830. I think it preforms okay, not as good as a exspensive set-up but still okay for the room I have it in. I'd recommend that. I looked at a similar Kenwood set up but I didn't like it how it sounded. Maybe the 504 sounds better though, I don't know. Hope this helps.
    Edit: My HTB has DD5.1 and DTS for DVDs. I'd also recommend a Toshiba or Sony DVD player for a DVD player.
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  5. Jake T

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    Thanks for the peplies, Ill let you know what I decided.
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  6. Jeremy Anderson

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    I have to second the Kenwood HTB504 with Panny RV-31. That'd be an excellent setup for a small to mid-sized room and would let you slowly upgrade to better speakers in the future if necessary. That's why I don't care for the DVD/Receiver in one combos -- it limits your future upgrade capabilities a bit.
     
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    I also am forced (albeit not very reluctantly) to agree. The Panny with the Kenwood is the easiest way to go for HT on a limited budget. The first upgrade will probably be the sub. [​IMG]
     
  8. Jake T

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    All very good answers, but I should probably let you know that I am not planning on upgrading this system. I already have the main theater set up in the basement(link above) and the room layout I'm putting this in and the WAF won't permit bigger speakers or lots of components.
    That's fine with me because I do most of my watching on the good basement system.
    I kind of like this sony setup It is their HT1300D setup.MSRP $700
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    Any thoughts on this one? Details Here:
    http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/consumer...ht-1300d.shtml
    [Edited last by Jake T on October 30, 2001 at 10:42 AM]
     
  9. Jake T

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    Well, due to the fact that I need to have a zone B to run my outdoor deck speakers (I forgot about those) I think I'm gonna start with an Onkyo 494 receiver. All the s-vid inputs will handle a DVD, DBS, and VCR better anyhow. Then maybe move my Toshiba SD6200 from downstairs and get one with a better chipset and DVD-A for my main basement theater. I'll build from there slowly depending on finances (I've got to buy a snowmobile).
    Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
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  10. Brian Johnson

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    Just a comment & being new to HT. I also considered the 494 until i found out i couldnt set the speaker distance along w/ a few other shortcomings. (puts on flame suit) after doing similar research I am leaning towards the denon avr1602 for about 50-60 dollars more . Just my 2 cents.
     
  11. Jake T

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    Johnson,
    Thanks alot for the info. I did not know that you could not set distance. I definately will reconsider and look at the Denon and others.
    Thanks again
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    The lack of speaker distance/delay settings on the 494 pretty much makes it useless to anyone. From what I understand, it uses the standard Dolby defaults of 0ms center and 5ms surround. BLECH!
    The 595 can be had for not too much more, and is an excellent receiver (that DOES allow for speaker distance). Also, the Denon is pretty sweet and would definitely be a better choice than the Onkyo 494.
     
  13. Jake T

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    Looks like it's going to be the 1602.
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  14. Brian Johnson

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    Just curious if you bought the 1602? How is it?
     
  15. Jake T

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    Johnson,
    I haven't bought it yet. Probably get it sometime after Christmas. I'll let you know after I get it set up.
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    I have the Sony DAV-C700 and I am quite impressed with it!!!
     
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    Jake, I bought mine today. I couldnt wait, maybe I ll let YOU know how it is [​IMG]
     
  18. Jake T

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    Sounds good Johnson. Let me know. I had to put my upstairs HT buying on hold cause I bought a snowmobile instead.
    Good Luck with yours.
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