looking for system for under $1000

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  1. brett GR

    brett GR Auditioning

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    i am looking for opinions on the best surround sound system for a 20x20 family room under $1000. Are the hometheater systems with built in dvd any good? i am presently building the room, so all wire will be in the walls.

    any opinions or tips welcome.

    thanks,
    brett
     
  2. John Brill

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    For under $1000...

    Yamaha HTIB YHT-B5500
    Onkyo HTIB HT-S777C

    Both aren't bad with the sub probably being the weakest link in both systems but a decent sub would chew up a good chunck of your budget not leaving you with much.

    JB
     
  3. Yung

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    Brett,

    That's a pretty decent size room, so I am not sure a HTIB solution would be best. The Pioneer VSX-1014TX-K receiver goes for around $450 from some authorized dealers. I have read that this is receiver is comparable to the Pioneer Elites. You can combine it with some speakers in the JBL Northridge E series that should fit your budget.
    A set up consisting of the 1014TX and JBL E30 (2), EC35, E10 (2) and EP250 sub would be under $1,100 delivered.
     
  4. Ian-Fl

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    I always think the best thing you can invest in is a good sub. Hsu has the STF-1 or STF-2 subs. http://www.hsuresearch.com/
    They also have the ventriloquist speaker set if you want to go with bookshelves.
    The other set of speakers are the Fluance SX-HTB set for $260 plus $60 shipping. I have the SX-HTB set the mains have an excellent full sound.
    For a Receiver JandR.com has the Onkyo Tx-Sr502S for $278 shipped. It's a good featured receiver with component ins and outs.
     
  5. Stephen Hopkins

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    I would say the system Yung described would be pretty hard to beat. What I might do slightly differently is go E50s instead of E30s for the mains. They're a really great main speaker. If they put the budget up too high then I would hold off on surrounds and buy them in a month or so. They would really make an impactful difference up front i think.

    You may also want to consider an STF2 or other sub, they can be a bit more accurate and less boomy. A Dayton 10" would also be a very good ultra budget sub if you wanted to keep the cost down some more.
     
  6. Stephen Hopkins

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    The more I think about it, the more i take back what i've just said 5 min ago. I would maybe spend a little less on receiver and a little more on the subwoofer. A good subwoofer will make more impact than anything else in a system that already sounds very good, but a weak sub can really make things sound sub-par, especially at loud volumes.

    I would go with the following:

    Receiver: Panasonic XR25 ($180 online)
    Mains: JBL E50 ($250, J&R)
    Center: JBL EC25 ($120, J&R)
    Surrounds: JBL E10 ($90, J&R)
    Subwoofer: SVS PB10 ($400, SVS)

    Total: Around $1100 after shipping

    J&R has free shipping on all their JBL stuff. SVS is doing a $400 pre-order on their new 10" sub that has an amazing 18hz F3 point. The Panasonic digital amps are supposed to have an amazing sound for their cost, especially w/ digital source material (DVD and CD).
     

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