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Old 02-25-2010, 02:45 PM   #1  
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Recently purchased a Bose V30 system for my family room. Do not consider myself an expert in audio/video; mostly rely on the opinion of other professionals in fields im not indept in, but do appreciate quality. Normally I do my due diligence before purchasing, but while vacationing in NC, I purchased the system at a Bose outlet. Big mistake. Just received the system today and after setting it up, I am a bit dissapointed. Seems too proprietary of a system.

After doing a bit of research on the Bose systems, I fell upon this site and reading the many posts on Bose as well as the v30, I decided it would be best to ship the product back and put my money into components that would outshine the Bose.

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I have around $3k to spend on a new over all system; reciever, speakers, stands, etc.. I currently have a Panasonic 65" (TC-P65V10), DirecTV HD receiver and a TVIX media Box where I store all my movies. Looking for a top midrange receiver and good quality surround sound speakers.

Any recommendation would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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After reading a few post, narrowing down to a few receivers; either the Pioneer Elite line (SC-27 or 25) or the Onkyo line (TX-NR1007). Wondering if I should spend less on a reciever and more into speakers since my budget is $3k.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:32 PM   #3  
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After reading a few post, narrowing down to a few receivers; either the Pioneer Elite line (SC-27 or 25) or the Onkyo line (TX-NR1007). Wondering if I should spend less on a reciever and more into speakers since my budget is $3k.
With 3000 to spend, if you spent $500-750 on the receiver and then the next $2500 on speakers you would have a real kick ass system.

I myself just ordered the Pioneer elite vsx-23txh and am waiting for it to arrive.

I would look at Pioneer, Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Yamaha, Harmon Kardon... for your receiver needs. It depends on what you are going to be hooking up to it, and also what speakers you will be using?

Is this more for music or HT?
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Thanks Santa for the reply. I definately am starting to lean on putting most of the money into a quality speaker system. I was looking into that exact model, vsx-23txh, put once you start researching other models, it can start to get frustrating to which one to get. The system will be mostly used for HT as well as the audio from the DirecTV receiver, etc. The room is not a truly "dedicated" room for home theater; second family room in the home.

I haven't decided on the speaker to get yet. Perhaps you can recommend a few. Thanks.
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I would reccomend paradigm as the speakers, as I am looking to getting them. However, audition them, because people have differring tastes. Some people like Klipsch sound, others loathe them. Pretty much anything other than Bose and white van specials will astound you in the 2-3k range. Good luck!
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Thanks Santa for the reply. I definately am starting to lean on putting most of the money into a quality speaker system. I was looking into that exact model, vsx-23txh, put once you start researching other models, it can start to get frustrating to which one to get. The system will be mostly used for HT as well as the audio from the DirecTV receiver, etc. The room is not a truly "dedicated" room for home theater; second family room in the home.

I haven't decided on the speaker to get yet. Perhaps you can recommend a few. Thanks.
Paradigm would be a very good brand to look into. If this is your first real HT system, then you should be impressed with any quality speakers you choose. I just bought a whole 5.1 paradigm setup

Would you prefer bookshelves or floor standers for your two front speakers? after that i could give you some recommendations
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Thanks you both for the replies. The Paradigm Cinema 110 CT was moving up my list of choices, but after reading ckone's post, I think i will "audition" the speakers first. Not looking for a larger front speaker system, mostly more of a bookshelve type speaker, which lead me to the Bose system I purchased/returned. Live and learn.
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Auditioning them would be ideal, but here's an idea where to start:

Pioneer vsx-23txh - $600
Paradigm SE1 - $300 x 4
Paradigm SE center - $500 or a 5th SE1
SVS PC12-Plus - $950

Comes out to about $3250, but you should definitely be able to get a deal on all of the Paradigms. Most claim dealers will sell at 10-25% off of MSRP.

Review: http://www.hometheatermag.com/compac...tem/index.html

That system would be infinitely times better than anything bose has ever produced.

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Auditioning them would be ideal, but here's an idea where to start:

Pioneer vsx-23txh - $600
Paradigm SE1 - $300 x 4
Paradigm SE center - $500 or a 5th SE1
SVS PC12-Plus - $950

Comes out to about $3250, but you should definitely be able to get a deal on all of the Paradigms. Most claim dealers will sell at 10-25% off of MSRP.

Review: http://www.hometheatermag.com/compac...tem/index.html

That system would be infinitely times better than anything bose has ever produced.
This would be an awesome system. You could get a less expensive sub woofer though and save yourself about $500 - $600 like the Infinity PS-12 which would more than satisfy the demanding listener.
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Thanks Santa and Love2Watch for the recommendations. I think I will take your advice and move forward with that setup. Now i just have to find a local dealer so I can hear the Paradigm's in action. Also, I have an old Infinity Sub (Model BU-2) sitting in my closet I can dust off and use. You think that would suffuce or simply just purchase a new one?
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Go ahead and try that sub and see what you think . If not happy look at the infinity ps-212 and you should be good. As a paradigm owner you will be flabbergasted at the difference between them and the BOSe (coming from somebody who replaced their bose system with paradigm).
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Thanks Santa and Love2Watch for the recommendations. I think I will take your advice and move forward with that setup. Now i just have to find a local dealer so I can hear the Paradigm's in action. Also, I have an old Infinity Sub (Model BU-2) sitting in my closet I can dust off and use. You think that would suffuce or simply just purchase a new one?
With the other fine speakers you will be getting, the BU2 sub will be a bit weak and not compliment your speaker system. I would recommend the Infinity PS-12, PS-212 or one of the REL T sub bass woofers. A better sub can't be found that delivers true sub bass performance. The T-3 retails for $598, the T-2 for $798 and the T-1 for $998. These are an audiophiles dream. So now you have several choices for a sub that will make your friends and neighbors drool with envy.

Review of the Paradigm SE-1 speaker system (they do have a larger, floor standing model for the front if you so desire). Even if you cannot audition them, a sure bet as they surpass all others in their field and price range in performance. - http://www.hometheatermag.com/compac...eaker_system/#

The larger floor standing SE 3 speaker for the front - http://www.paradigm.com/en/paradigm/...-1-88.paradigm

REL sub bass speakers - http://www.rel.net/t3.htm
http://www.rel.net/t2.htm
http://www.rel.net/t1.htm
Review - http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/speakers/2823/rel.html
Review - http://www.hometheatermag.com/subwoo...rel/index.html
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With the other fine speakers you will be getting, the BU2 sub will be a bit weak and not compliment your speaker system. I would recommend the Infinity PS-12, PS-212 or one of the REL T sub bass woofers. A better sub can't be found that delivers true sub bass performance. The T-3 retails for $598, the T-2 for $798 and the T-1 for $998. These are an audiophiles dream. So now you have several choices for a sub that will make your friends and neighbors drool with envy.

Review of the Paradigm SE-1 speaker system (they do have a larger, floor standing model for the front if you so desire). Even if you cannot audition them, a sure bet as they surpass all others in their field and price range in performance. - http://www.hometheatermag.com/compac...eaker_system/#

The larger floor standing SE 3 speaker for the front - http://www.paradigm.com/en/paradigm/...-1-88.paradigm

REL sub bass speakers - http://www.rel.net/t3.htm
http://www.rel.net/t2.htm
http://www.rel.net/t1.htm
Review - http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/speakers/2823/rel.html
Review - http://www.hometheatermag.com/subwoo...rel/index.html
+1 dont skimp out on the sub. VERY important part to HT and will give you the most WOW factor
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Countless thanks for the advice. I went ahead and ordered the Pioneer vsx-23txh today. As soon as I find a local dealer, going with the Paradigm speaker system and Sub. Cant wait to hear this puppy once its all setup.
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Countless thanks for the advice. I went ahead and ordered the Pioneer vsx-23txh today. As soon as I find a local dealer, going with the Paradigm speaker system and Sub. Cant wait to hear this puppy once its all setup.
nice choice on the receiver. so many good options out there just gotta make a decision.

same receiver i got
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