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Picking a reciever

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Stan55, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Stan55

    Stan55 Auditioning

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    Hi Guys I had a bunch of questions reguarding building my home theatre, first off I have a Panasonic 42" Plasma VIERA tv its about 3-4 years old. Im looking at buying a reciever inorder to connect my PS3, Xbox 360 and an HD cable box all through HDMI cables, this is the receiver I was planning on purchasing.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120166

    It has 6 HDMI in and 1 OUT, It also is HDMI 1.4, would this reciever be good? for what im trying to do and I already have HDMI cables but would I have to buy new HDMI 1.4 cables? My tv has 2 HDMI ports in the back.


    These are the speakers I was planning on purchasing with this reciever for now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290066


    Im just confused on how it all connects up do i need more then one HDMI output? Im looking at purchasing a reciever that will be good for years down the road.


    thanks in advance for your help, Mike.
     
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    The Onkyo 608 is one of the most popular receivers around. Also consider the Denon/591 as it has a better version of Audyssey (MultiEQ vs. 2EQ), but it has a few less wpc (won't be noticable) and IMO Denon's are a little harder to setup and use, at least at first until you become familiar with it.


    Speakers are the most important part of the sound equation. That Polk setup should be adequate but the sub only goes down to 40 hz with a 50 wpc amp so it isn't going to shake the room. Be realistic with your expectations and you shouldn't be too disappointed. If you really want a BIG HT experience you might want to look at something else.


    You should e able to hook all your components up to the receiver with HDMI cables and then run one HDMI cable from the receiver to your display. Speaking of cables, here's a couple of good places to buy them.


    Monoprice.com Don't let the low prices fool you. The quality is very good.


    Bluejeancables.com A bit more expensive but the quality is even better.
     
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    Actually you should look at purchasing speakers that will be good years down the road. Formats change. Technology never stops. But speakers that sounded great 30 years ago will still sound great today (proper care is implied).


    If you are dead set on the receiver and Polk speakers, then I like these models better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290146 . Pair them with a Dayton sub from parts. I suggest at least the lowest price 12" model.


    For most people we suggest that you listen to the speakers first to determine if you like how they sound. What sounds good to me may sound terrible to you.
     
  4. Stan55

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    Ok sounds good guys thanks for your help looks like ill be going with that reciever.. Now for speakers im think im going to get the ones thats you suggested robert paired with this Polk 10" subwoofer.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290034


    Is this one better then the one that comes with the other ones? theres a big difference in price from the 10" to the 12"


    or even this setup it seems to come with a bigger subwoofer..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290174
     
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    I suggest you use the link I posted for the 5 speakers and get this sub - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-635


    It is much better than any Polk model.
     
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    I'm no expert, but one of the best pieces of advice I received from the forums was to allocate your budget 25-35% on the receiver and put the rest toward speakers and sub.
     
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    Ok, those speakers even come with free speaker stands.. Ill give that setup a shot. thanks again for all the help..
     

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