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  1. josh_oj

    josh_oj Auditioning

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    I'm new to av stuff so I wasn't sure if this is a good deal and if the components are good.....or if I should put a set together myself. I am worried I'll buy something that will be crap and not realize it. Thanks for looking.

    [EDIT] well, it won't let me post a link yet, so here's the write up:



    OneCall Package: Harman Kardon and Infinity 5.1 Channel Home Theater System
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    Harman Kardon and Infinity



    In this OneCall home theater package, Harman Kardon's high-powered AVR635 A/V receiver supplies a set of matched speakers from Infinity's Beta line with an abundance of audio power. And Infinity's PS10 powered subwoofer pumps out plenty of pulse-pounding, floor-thumping sound.

    Harman Kardon AVR635 7.1 Channel AV Receiver
    Power meets power. The AVR635 combines the sonic power of a high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier with the computer power of Texas Instruments' most advanced audio DSP to deliver unparalleled performance.

    Infinity Speaker Bundle: Huge Dual Woofers, Plus a Powered Sub!

    The speaker bundle includes two Infinity Beta50 two-way floorstanding speakers with dual 8-inch woofers, two BetaES250 two-way surround sound speakers with dual 6.5-inch woofers, the wall-mountable BetaC360 center-channel speaker, and the PS10 250-watt, 10-inch powered subwoofer. Together with Infinity's patented Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm(TM) technology, the combination delivers incredibly lifelike sound and maximum bass excitement.

    # (1) Harman Kardon AVR635 7.1 Channel AV Receiver (View Complete Details)
    # Infinity Beta50 Black Floorstanding Speaker x 2 (View Complete Details)
    # Infinity BetaES250 Black Surround Speaker x (2) (View Complete Details)
    # Infinity BetaC360 Black Center-Channel Speaker (View Complete Details)
    # Infinity PS10 Powered Subwoofer (View Complete Details)



    or feel free to post thoughts on their other receiver packages. the site is onecall and if you search a little, you can see the other packages. thanks again.
     
  2. eddieZEN

    eddieZEN Second Unit

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    The 635 is an excellent receiver and I've heard good things about the Infinity Beta series.

    However it's extremely rare to find a package system that actually delivers a good quality to price ratio compared to smart shopping online for individual components.

    For instance, I'd be willing to bet that a Hsu or SVS would eat that Infinity sub for lunch and not cost much more.

    Let's see, what would I buy for $2441 shipped?

    Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 l/r with stands, 340center, 170 surrounds, plus Hsu STF-2 sub for $1776 shipped from ascendacoustics.com
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    HK 635 from onecall.com for $735 shipped
    =$2511.

    Much better speakers and sub for an extra $70. (Ascend also carries HK receivers but you'd have to ask them directly how much they'd discount it for as part of such a large order, they might be even lower than onecall's price.)

    Personally though I'd skip the HK and buy a $228 (shipped) pure digital Panasonic sa-xr55, put the savings into a better sub or CD player. Do a search on the avsforum.com and ecoustics.com forums for the Panny, it's an incredible value.

    I would also skrimp on the surrounds since they only do about 10% of the work in most movies, and also because I don't plan on doing any SACD or DVD-A multichannel music---a pair of Athena AS-B1s is just $100 from audioadvisor.com for instance.
     
  3. John S

    John S Producer

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    I'd rate it a "b+" with the sub getting a "C".

    I overkill subs though, "Cause that's the kind of guy I am" [​IMG]
     
  4. josh_oj

    josh_oj Auditioning

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    good stuff. thanks all [​IMG]
     
  5. josh_oj

    josh_oj Auditioning

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    well, I think the ascend thing looks like the best idea. while I'm at it, any recommendations on a new tv? I was thinking about the Samsung LN-R409D but heard that there's some new technology coming soon and so on. I'd be looking to spend about 2-3 grand......

    thanks for looking. I suppose if this doesn't work, I can post it in the tv section......
     
  6. John S

    John S Producer

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    The mods won't like it if we suggest / discuss displays in this area. Make a new post in displays please.
     

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