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Low budget HTIB decision (so cliche)

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by pk&k, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. pk&k

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    I am between the Yahmaha YHT-497 5.1 system and the Onkyo HT-S5500 7.1 system. I can get both of them for around $300 refurbished, but my question is, which one will provide a better experience? I have a long room, probably 40 feet by 20 feet.

    Here are the links,

    http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S5500-7-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B0077V88ZE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379702219&sr=8-1&keywords=onkyo+7.1

    http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-497-5-1-Channel-Theater-System/dp/B007PU2Y4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379703134&sr=8-1&keywords=yamaha+yht+497

    Thanks
     
  2. schan1269

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    Those are not HTiB. Those are pre-packages. Enormous difference.

    Both packages are a toss up. The Yamaha might have a slight advantage in the speakers. The Onkyo in the actual AVR.
     
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    What video display are you using? That is a big room and there is no $300 system that will sound good in that room so it really doesn't matter which one you buy. Build a system a few pieces at a time if you can't spend more than$300 at a time. First a receiver then a pair a speakers, next a sub after surrounds.

    http://www.accessories4less.com/
     
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    I'm using a LG 42" LCD. It depends on your definition of good...right now I have a Bose Wave radio for sound, so one of these systems would sound more than good to me. I really don't have more than $300 to spend (college student).
     
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    Yes that does look better, unfortunately I only have 5 inches of clearance for the center speaker :(
     
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    Just saw that the Onkyo has separate woofers and tweeters in the center speaker, and has 400 more watts total. Its on sale for $230...whadda think?
     
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    Between these two systems this is what caught my eye.

    The Yamaha systems speakers have 2 3/4" drivers (the center also has a separate tweeter) and the subwoofer a 6 1/2" driver while the Onkyo system has 5" drivers in the front and 3 1/2" drivers in the center/surround.

    I forgot to add the Onkyo subwoofer has a 10" driver.

    Bigger isn't always better but this time it might be.
     

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