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Old 12-09-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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I've always had my eyes on the Onkyo systems and really like the easy calibration feature. I would also like to pay less than $400. I do not mind buying refurbished (really good deals on accessories4less.com) and I dont mind buying the receiver alone and buying separate speakers if it comes out to be a better deal/system. I cant really give dimensions of the room its going in because I will be moving soon. I do know that I would like it to be flexible so I have the option of 7.1 but can easily go down to 5.1 if needed.

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PS: I realize this is pretty much a copy and paste from my post on someone else's thread but I figured I'll make my own seeing as how that other one is pretty much dead.
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You are headed in the right direction. Make sure the avr has the options and power you need. A good start is 80 watts. You can Google b stock speakers and get good deals on nice stuff.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:39 PM   #3
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Thats the thing, I only know about Onkyos good products, Sony (audio) products suck and also seeing a lot of people "mixing and matching" speakers with receivers. I have also been hearing problems with Onkyo receivers..

I'll more than likely go Onkyo if I choose HTiB but if I dont, I'm not sure what to look out for, Dennon? Pioneer? Yamaha? Onkyo (receiver)?
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Thats the thing, I only know about Onkyos good products, Sony (audio) products suck and also seeing a lot of people "mixing and matching" speakers with receivers. I have also been hearing problems with Onkyo receivers..

I'll more than likely go Onkyo if I choose HTiB but if I dont, I'm not sure what to look out for, Dennon? Pioneer? Yamaha? Onkyo (receiver)?
Onkyo has the most features for the money. Plus Onkyo's are WRAT, (wide range amp tech.) that deals with the high res. audio on blu ray discs, and other HR formats. Pioneer is way over rated, but ok. Dennon/Marantz are the same company, they lack many features, more bare bones, but many like the sound of Dennon. yamaha has come full circle, making good stuff once again.
I will advise to avoid HTIB, many, many end up replacing the speakers that are in the box.
Last yrs onkyo's had issues with HDMI boards, if you buy from acc4 less they have been gone over at the factory. They are units that failed to pass inspection or returns. Re-furbs are a good idea, less money and have been inspected 3-3 times.
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Onkyo has the most features for the money. Plus Onkyo's are WRAT, (wide range amp tech.) that deals with the high res. audio on blu ray discs, and other HR formats. Pioneer is way over rated, but ok. Dennon/Marantz are the same company, they lack many features, more bare bones, but many like the sound of Dennon. yamaha has come full circle, making good stuff once again.
I will advise to avoid HTIB, many, many end up replacing the speakers that are in the box.
Last yrs onkyo's had issues with HDMI boards, if you buy from acc4 less they have been gone over at the factory. They are units that failed to pass inspection or returns. Re-furbs are a good idea, less money and have been inspected 3-3 times.
How are Klipsch and Polk? I was thinking an Onkyo receiver and one of those speaker sets... Or is there better out there?
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How are Klipsch and Polk? I was thinking an Onkyo receiver and one of those speaker sets... Or is there better out there?
Of course there are better, but you will pay for them. Polks and the Klipsh are a very good choice. Not too fam. with Klipsch but I know POlks. The series with (rt i) are very good home systems for the money. Go to the POlk website, then if you want to buy, I suggest ebay for lowest price. Auth. Polk sellers are there. Avoid the monitor series.
LIke I said acc4 less has refurbs that are gone over in factory. How can you go wrong?
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Looks like Polk is out of my price point, even on eBay.. Doing some more poking around I came across this:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...peakers/1.html

Seems to have gotten good reviews on Amazon but I dont think the receiver fits the bill as far as features I want. I will more than likely buy an Onkyo receiver but I dont know anything about speakers to tell the difference (spec-wise)
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I have the older Onkyo TX-NR708 which I bought to replace a Yamaha RX-V661. I found that the Yamaha had a bassier, warmer, richer sound than the Onkyo, but the Onkyo has so many bells and whistles that there are a 1000 ways to compensate for anything lacking. Personally, I would buy either one of them over again.

I bought the Onkyo because the Yamaha only had 2 HDMI jacks and was the old 1.3 spec. At the time (and now) I have 6 HDMI components to plug in. The Onkyo also had ARC, 1.4a for 3D, the Faroudja processing (not ideal, but better than nothing) and HDMI pass-through so I can still run satellite by HDMI. So depending on what all the new models offer, I would pick either one, but would lean toward the Yamaha for a bit nicer sound, all things being equal.
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I have the older Onkyo TX-NR708 which I bought to replace a Yamaha RX-V661. I found that the Yamaha had a bassier, warmer, richer sound than the Onkyo, but the Onkyo has so many bells and whistles that there are a 1000 ways to compensate for anything lacking. Personally, I would buy either one of them over again.

I bought the Onkyo because the Yamaha only had 2 HDMI jacks and was the old 1.3 spec. At the time (and now) I have 6 HDMI components to plug in. The Onkyo also had ARC, 1.4a for 3D, the Faroudja processing (not ideal, but better than nothing) and HDMI pass-through so I can still run satellite by HDMI. So depending on what all the new models offer, I would pick either one, but would lean toward the Yamaha for a bit nicer sound, all things being equal.

Bottom line a review is as good as the sound to the author. The real test is in your home, in your room with your stuff. I bought my avr local, so I could try different brands. I ended up with Integra/Polk rt series. We all have different tastes in what we think music ought to sound like in our homes.
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Bottom line a review is as good as the sound to the author. The real test is in your home, in your room with your stuff. I bought my avr local, so I could try different brands. I ended up with Integra/Polk rt series. We all have different tastes in what we think music ought to sound like in our homes.
The OP said he was leaning toward Onkyo, so I just threw my 2 cents in. My old 708 just has a ton of options, so I figure the newer ones must seriously kick butt? Unless Onkyo pulls a Yamaha and strips out everything that made mine good?
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