Need HT recommendations please.

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  1. Jason_Graham

    Jason_Graham Auditioning

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    I am preparing to buy some HT equipment, my budget is around $700-$800. I already have a Sony KP-53HS10 and a Sony DVPNS715P DVD player. So I guess all I really need is Receiver and Speakers.

    I have been looking at some of the HTiB solutions from Kenwood and Onkyo.

    Can I build a better setup from seperate parts?

    Bottom line is, the rooms isn't massive, maybe 12x15 or even a little smaller.

    I would like to stay around $750, and if I order online would like it to be a very reputable dealer.

    I had also looked at the Sony STRDE985 receiver, it has Component Video Inputs which I liked since I have my DVD to the HD Component hookups on my TV.

    So whats the best I can do on this budget?

    Thanks!
     
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    ChristopherBer Stunt Coordinator

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    If you can find the JBL NSP1 Series I online for $199 it would be really great. And then add a nice subwoofer for like $300. Then you can get a nice Pioneer 811 reciever for $300 online. That's $800. I would think the Pioneer is a better reciever than the Sony but it's just my opinion. Good Luck! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Jason,

    I have the Pioneer VSX-811D receiver.
    I love it.

    It fabulous, and it is paired up with the Onkyo speakers (HTS500?)

    I just need to upgrade speaker cables and sub cable soon.

    [​IMG]

    -david
     
  4. AaronJB

    AaronJB Second Unit

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    Onkyo SKSHT_500 Speakers ($250ish)

    &

    Panasonic SAHE100 (6.1 capable - DTS-ES Matrix/Discrete + unofficial DD-EX; PLII, DTS NEO-6) Reciever ($269-299)

    or

    Pioneer-811 Reciever (6.1 capable - DTS-ES Matrix/Discrete, DD-EX; PLII - probably NEO-6, too) ($299-399)

    If you choose a 6.1 system, Onkyo also sells an additional back surround speaker through their website for $40.
     
  5. Jason_Graham

    Jason_Graham Auditioning

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    I had looked at the Onkyo speakers before, and liked what I saw.

    Here are a couple more question if you guys could help out.

    The HTiB package that Onkyo has the HT-S650, is that the same speaker package but with a TX-SR500 receiver that Onkyo makes? It doesn't say thats the model receiver but sure looks the same.

    Also I can't find just the speaker package many places, just Circuit City and Amazon.

    Last question : What speaker stands work good for the fronts and rears? Or I can wall mount them, does it matter if the two front speakers are a little behind the center?

    I would put the center on top of TV and put the fronts on the wall facing forward, I guess about 2 feet behind, if not then on stands..
     
  6. AaronJB

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    The Onkyo HT-650 is made up of the Onkyo HT-500 reciever and the SKSHT-500 speaker set. Both of these items can be purchased together or separately. I paired the SKSHT-500 speaker set with the Panasonic reciever because I wanted 6.1 capability. I've been very pleased with both.

    Also, I'd heard conflicting reports about the power of the Onkyo. Recently, there was also a thread in the recievers section of this site that many were having trouble with the subwoofer output of the HT-500 reciever (the one that comes with the HT-650 HTIB). I'm not sure if this issue was ever confirmed by Onkyo or what happened. That thread is linked below.

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...ighlight=Onkyo

    Yes, the only places the speaker set seems to be available are amazon & CC. The Onkyo website has them (shoponkyo.com).

    You can have the front speakers a bit behind your center (that's how I have it and it works perfectly fine.)

    However, I don't have the front speakers mounted on the wall - they sit on a shelf above the TV.
     
  7. GregoryW

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    AaronJB. I couldn't agree with you more regarding your combination of speakers and receiver. I have been doing a lot of research on systems that would fit my budget and concluded that I would buy the same speakers and receiver. It was strange to see others choosing this same setup. Anyway, have you been impressed with the setup, both for music and surround??
     

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