with a ~500.00 budget..should I just go HTIB?

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  1. Angelo_Petralba

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    Hello-

    Been a long time since I've been here:b [​IMG]

    Im planning on a system for the kids "Play" room and all I need is DD and DTS with a 5.1 set-up. The CD player will be their PS2 (play station 2).

    Should I just go HTIB? or can I get a decent system with a !500.00 budget??

    Thanks
    Angelo
     
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    Get a sherwood receiver, they sound amazing for the money, then get a fluance AV-HTB speaker setup. if you want a sub, parts express has the awsome Dayton 10" on sale for 99.

    this is a great setup! sounds awsome for not alot of dough!

    good luck!
     
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    Angelo,
    Go to your local Circuit City (owch!!!) and look at the Onkyo HT-760. It has gotten very good reviews for a HTIB in this forum and others.

    Good Luck.

    Al. Wise
     
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    ECOST has the following right now:

    Onkyo SR501------------------------$180
    Klipsh GMX-D5.1 (includes sub)-----$190

    Circuit City:
    Pioneer DVD-363--------------------$140

    Total:-----------------------------$510

    Plus, you are going to spend about $50 for some speaker wire and roughly $100 for speaker stands (which you can add later). I would be happy with this little setup for a down and dirtly (but still nice enough to actually enjoy) 5.1 system. Just a thought.....
     
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    With a $500 budget I would seriously look at the Onkyo HT-760 HTIB set-up. I have this system as a starter set and use it now while I build up the cash to upgrade. For the kids, an Onkyo HTIB IMO would be more than enough. Like said above, this HTIB gets great reviews from a ton of people on this forum. This set-up has a nice entry level receiver that will satisfy you when you want to upgrade the speakers later if you want. The sub is good for a medium sized room. Can you do better, maybe, but with a $500 budget the onkyo is your best bang for your buck HTIB out there, especially for the kids.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys...Ill look into the Onkyo unit..also I was looking at the Sherwood receivers for $160.00 on Ebay and they look to be promising as well, BUT I still need to buy the speakers, so, I guess the Onkyo will be a better route..

    I wonder if Good Guys sells this?? the Onkyo I mean.

    Angelo
     
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    Angelo (great name, by the way):

    Why not maximize quality, instead of quantity, for the moment at least by purchasing a 5.1 AVR and a decent set of front L/R speakers? If it's for the kids, they'll probably have just as much enjoyment with this, and you can add to the setup later as your budget allows. You could find a
     
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    thanks Angelo.

    Still looking around...
     
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    You can get 5 used speakers for 200-250: Energy Take 5 or five NHT superzeros. Small subwoofers on sale for 125-175 should be available at local stores.
     
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    thanks..I went to the good guys tonight and they were kinda rude actually..I saw a htb set by Yamaha..YHT100S..they wanted 199.00 for the set, but the guy was rude and didnt wanna demo it due to it being an open box item and he said that it will take him 15 mins to set it up...

    I was just wondering if these are any good.

    Thanks
    Angelo
     
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    angelo, the fluance AV-HTB is 199.00....it has 2 towers, a center and rears. very good sound...they loosen up after a couple of hours of listening. they would go great with the sherwood. check them out. Fluance.com
     
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    If you haven't made up your mind yet, look for the Onkyo HT-660, 5.1 set-up, at Fry's on sale for $299. They also have the 760 on sale often for $447. If you are looking for small speakers (since this is for a childs room) then chose from the many HT speaker packages from JBL and add the receiver of your choice. I would avoid the Yamaha HT-100. The Yamaha 340, 440 and 540 would be better in the long run. Gene
     
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    Gene-

    Thanks for the heads up...I called onecall.com and ordered the Onkyo HTS660B for $247.50 + 90 Shipping... It should be here Wednesday next week. Im sure the kids will enjoy it and would I.

    Thanks
    Angelo
     
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    I'd give another vote to Fluance, but step up to the SX-HTB for $270. Then pick up a refurbished Kenwood 6050 from ecost for $110. Add a PE 10" sub for $130 and you come in at just over $500 for a VERY impressive 5.1 system at a really amazing price.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     

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