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Old 06-24-2009, 08:58 AM   #1  
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hey everybody, does anyone know a good 5.1 surround sound system for my flat panel? I noticed that they are really expensive and my budget is about 150$

or maybe it would be cheaper to make one out of custom components?
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hey everybody, does anyone know a good 5.1 surround sound system for my flat panel? I noticed that they are really expensive and my budget is about 150$

or maybe it would be cheaper to make one out of custom components?
For that size panel, you might consider a Sound Bar. The Sony HCT-100 is not the best sounding, but not bad. But you can find it cheap and it accepts HDMI plug in for all your components.

Vizio and ZVox makes some good ones too. ..Yamaha, Boston Acoustics can get expensive but have even better sound. Although the latest Vizio gets good reviews and has a wireless subwoofer, as does the Boston.
The Samsung audio stuff sucks pretty much in comparison.

None of these will compete with a very good 5.1 audio system, but will beat some of the real cheapies, plus you don't have to run wires all over. Just a suggestion. For $150 shop the Sony..you should get close to that.
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A nice, inexpensive 5.1 system (tho you'd need your own receiver, it's speakers only) Polk RM6750.
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A nice, inexpensive 5.1 system (tho you'd need your own receiver, it's speakers only) Polk RM6750.
Nice system.. but that's a good $300 even before adding a receiver.
Twice his budget.
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You can get the Polk RM6750 for about $200 in many places, then he could get a 5.1 receiver for less than $100 used on craigslist, and for about $300 total it's a very nice sounding system. Going much cheaper, the sound will be as bad as the tv's sound.

Tho it's a little out of his price range, I thought I'd mention it as we have one on our bedroom tv and the sound is really very good.
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You can get the Polk RM6750 for about $200 in many places, then he could get a 5.1 receiver for less than $100 used on craigslist, and for about $300 total it's a very nice sounding system. Going much cheaper, the sound will be as bad as the tv's sound.

Tho it's a little out of his price range, I thought I'd mention it as we have one on our bedroom tv and the sound is really very good.
I understand.. I plan a sound bar for mine..it's a 32" in the BR but just don't watch enough there to make a full system worthwhile. Everybody has different requirements. That is a nice one though.. I like the Polk radio/players too...very slick. I picked up a dealer's demoPolk XM tuner and use with my main system...take the digital out and feed it to my receiver..works great!
Polk makes a good sound bar too...if you don't need a receiver, etc.
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would i be able to use the polk without a reciever? because i have a audio output on the tv and all i have hooked up is an xbox360 nad a HD Fios cable box.
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[QUOTE=jeeves124;892366]would i be able to use the polk without a reciever? because i have a audio output on the tv and all i have hoo

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Wow, don't know what happened to my post above, but it got blow away somehow.. Anyway, Here we go again..

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would i be able to use the polk without a reciever? because i have a audio output on the tv and all i have hooked up is an xbox360 nad a HD Fios cable box.
As far as your question goes, no, you can't just use the Polk speakers. You will need a SS receiver in addition to the speakers for DD 5.1 and or DTS sound. Or you can just use a soundbar application like Daleb described..

The best solution in your very limited price range would be this IMO:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html

The Onkyo HT-S3100 will include everything you need (including the speaker wire) and is a great bang for your buck at only $159 or $149 for the silver version. It is "factory reconditioned", but that means it is refurbished through Onkyo and their high standards and comes with a full 1 year warranty. And buying from 4less is a great place to buy. I and others here have place orders and no issues from what I have seen. The 3100 has 3 digital inputs including 2 optical for connecting your 360 and Fios DVR for DD 5.1/DTS. And can add a 3rd digital device down the road like DVD/BD if needed.
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As far as your question goes, no, you can't just use the Polk speakers. You will need a SS receiver in addition to the speakers for DD 5.1 and or DTS sound. Or you can just use a soundbar application like Daleb described..

The best solution in your very limited price range would be this IMO:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html

The Onkyo HT-S3100 will include everything you need (including the speaker wire) and is a great bang for your buck at only $159 or $149 for the silver version. It is "factory reconditioned", but that means it is refurbished through Onkyo and their high standards and comes with a full 1 year warranty. And buying from 4less is a great place to buy. I and others here have place orders and no issues from what I have seen. The 3100 has 3 digital inputs including 2 optical for connecting your 360 and Fios DVR for DD 5.1/DTS. And can add a 3rd digital device down the road like DVD/BD if needed.
Excellent find!

For only $10.00 more than his $150.00 budget he can get a REAL Surround System including both speakers AND a REAL receiver. I think that would be his best option for that budget.

That is what I suggest also based on his budget for the best bang for the buck. Daleb might want to consider that over the sound bar also.
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Excellent find!

For only $10.00 more than his $150.00 budget he can get a REAL Surround System including both speakers AND a REAL receiver. I think that would be his best option for that budget.

That is what I suggest also based on his budget for the best bang for the buck. Daleb might want to consider that over the sound bar also.
I have considered even more expensive options (which includes soundbars) but I don't want wires and speakers all over the room.
I could see it in a small entertainment, kids game room, etc.
But for me, just to improve the overall flat screen sound of a BR TV, it is not worth the bother. Besides, some of these 'bars' easily rival cheap surround systems in AQ if not full surround.
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there are plenty of Home Theater in A Box that fit your budget

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....&type=category


http://www.walmart.com/browse/Audio/...catNavId=77622
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The main issue with most cheap HTIB's with built in DVD players like the 1's listed are that they don't have any digital audio inputs. If your lucky you may find a select few that have 1 digital input in the sub $200 catagory. And limited analog inputs as well. So connecting things like a PS3/360 or DVR will not allow DD 5.1/DTS. So be VERY careful when selecting such a HTIB..IMO, the Onkyo3100 would be a much better choice in the sub $200 options. And at only $150, the best budget deal with 3 digital inputs. Just my . But SMT is correct. There are quite a few HTIB's avaliable in your $150 budget.. Just make sure it fits your needs.
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