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Old 06-15-2009, 06:36 PM   #1  
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Hey guys, so I'm finally upgrading all of my old stuff (tv, speakers, etc.) to some of the new stuff around :P Just need some help before I purchase these things, since they are pretty expensive-

TV:
TC-P50G10 - Panasonic Viera Plasma TV G- Series (Just came out recently, should be good) http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=PANTCP50G10

Speakers/Home Theatre in a Box:
Panasonic SC-PT670 CD/DVD Home Theatre System (http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=PANSCPT670)

Will also have an Xbox-360 (which also has an HDMI port)

- Now as far as cables go, I know the basics. For the best possible quality image-wise, I would need to buy an HDMI cable that goes from my Xbox-360 to my plasma tv.

Sound-wise, what do I do here? I have read about both fiber optics and HDMI, which would I need to use for the best possible sound out of my speakers (not the tv speakers, the home theatre ones). I want the entire basement to be loud while also getting the best picture quality when I'm playing Halo and stuff, which cables do I go with?

- When watching a DVD, I would need to hook the HDMI cable from the DVD player to the plasma tv. What about sound though for this?

That's basically it though- 2 basic questions (one for the Xbox 360 and the other for watching DVD's). I didn't know if HDMI can be used for audio or what the best possible cable is for audio.

Thanks alot in advance everyone! Please click the link for the speakers and let me know if they seem pretty good. I know it won't be too CRAZYYY, but I'm looking for something that's just prettyyyy good. I'm not too big on spending thousands on a home theatre system, so I'm just looking for something pretty good.

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Old 06-15-2009, 07:16 PM   #2  
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Not knowing what your budget is, it makes it hard to make recommendations. I would think, though, that since you will be having the new Panny plasma, that you would want Blu-Ray, not SD DVD. The system you have picked out is NOT expandable. In other words, you can't really hook anything else into it with HDMI. The power and the speakers are lacking, as well. I would suggest getting either a Home Theater system such as the Onkyo HT-S6100 or separates with either an Onkyo/Denon/Yamaha receiver and a set of good quality speakers, and purchase a Blu-Ray player to go with it. If you are leaning towards an HTiB, I would definitely go with the Onkyo 6100, as it has everything you need in the box. Just add your Blu-Ray player ( they're really inexpensive these days ). Then not only will you have the best picture possible, but the best sound, as well, from the new Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and 7.1 sound. When using HDMI you DO NOT use optical/coaxial audio. The HDMI handles the sound. And, at present, you CAN NOT use the optical/coaxial for the lossless and 7.1 sound anyway. Those connections are limited to the core 5.1 sound. Make sure you plug everything into your RECEIVER ( preferably with HDMI ) and then run a single HDMI from your receiver to your Panny HDTV. And, by the way, purchase your cables and wires from monoprice.com. You'll pay 10x too much at retail stores for the same cables.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:42 PM   #3  
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Thanks for the reply, a few more questions though-


-What exactly is your idea of an inexpensieve blue-ray dvd player? (In terms of the actual price). Around 150-200?

My budget is just as you see it :P I can't really spend more than $300 on a sound system, so I thought that the choice I had was pretty good for my budget. I might have my parents let me purchase something a bit more expensive, but my question:

It probably sounds weird, but what exactly/what is the importnace of a receiver? I just figured that whatever they gave you in the box was everything you would need, and the thought of mixing/matching seems hard lol. Is it basically like this:

You can buy any good brand name speakers, and the receiver can be from a different company? Are there any good recommendations for around $300?

Thanks a lot again
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Although this won't play the new HD audio, it will be much more flexible than the Panasonic unit you picked out. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e-BLACK/1.html
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Thanks, maybe I'm new to this stuff but I haven't really heard of Onkyo so maybe that's why I'm hesistant to buying it. One of thoese things where if someone comes over to your house nobody really ever heard of the brand, as opposed to something like Sony. I guess I really don't know about this stuff lol-

And what about these, are they any good?:


http://www.google.com/products/catal...tle#ps-sellers


http://www.google.com/products/catal...tle#ps-sellers


http://www.google.com/products/catal...tle#ps-sellers


Please view those 3 and let me know if they're any good, I've read their reviews a few months back and they received good reviews, I need the advice of you guys though lol
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Thanks, maybe I'm new to this stuff but I haven't really heard of Onkyo so maybe that's why I'm hesistant to buying it. One of thoese things where if someone comes over to your house nobody really ever heard of the brand, as opposed to something like Sony. I guess I really don't know about this stuff lol-

And what about these, are they any good?:


http://www.google.com/products/catal...tle#ps-sellers


http://www.google.com/products/catal...tle#ps-sellers


http://www.google.com/products/catal...tle#ps-sellers


Please view those 3 and let me know if they're any good, I've read their reviews a few months back and they received good reviews, I need the advice of you guys though lol
Sony makes some of the crappiest audio systems available, stay away from them. Onkyo has been making high quality audio equipment since the 70's. Many, many people here use Onkyo equipment myself included. It is some of if not the best bang for the buck equipment available and has satisfied thousands of people over the Christmas holidays just last year. The equipment is on par with the other brand names (that you may or may not be familiar with) and is quality in every sense of the word. Sony, on the other hand should stick to what they do best, TV's and stay out of the audio business.

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Sony makes some of the crappiest audio systems available, stay away from them. Onkyo has been making high quality audio equipment since the 70's. Many, many people here use Onkyo equipment myself included. It is some of if not the best bang for the buck equipment available and has satisfied thousands of people over the Christmas holidays just last year. The equipment is on par with the other brand names (that you may or may not be familiar with) and is quality in every sense of the word. Sony, on the other hand should stick to what they do good, TV's and stay out of the audio business.
I agree 100%
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It probably sounds weird, but what exactly/what is the importnace of a receiver? I just figured that whatever they gave you in the box was everything you would need, and the thought of mixing/matching seems hard lol. Is it basically like this:

You can buy any good brand name speakers, and the receiver can be from a different company? Are there any good recommendations for around $300?
A receiver handles the audio/video switching and processes audio to drive your speakers. There is no advantage to getting a receiver and speakers from the same company. In fact, AVRs and speakers are so different, it's hard to find a company that does both well.

Choosing a receiver and speakers isn't all that hard. Do some research to learn about the equipment and get a list of choices in your price range. Then go do some listening. That process takes some time. But, you learn a lot along the way.

Now, if you really only have a $300 budget for the whole sound system, you'll probably have to go with an HTIB. But, look for one without a built-in DVD player. Get a cheap standalone DVD player at the start and then upgrade to a Blu-ray player when you can afford it. Blus are down in $200 range now and keep getting cheaper.

And, yes, Onkyo is an excellent choice.
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