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Old 01-28-2012, 11:08 AM   #1  
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Question New AV Receiver and Blu-Ray Question

Just about to pull the trigger on a new Panasonic 65" Plasma with 3D.

I hope this is the right place for this question.

For around $400.00 what would be a good choice for a AV Receiver and a Blu-Ray player either separate components or maybe a combo unit? Thinking I would want a Wireless built in unit too.

For now I will use the current speakers I have unless there is just a smoking good deal.

Just starting to research and I Think there are combo units but not sure. I am thinking going with Panasonic for the best compatibility, is this a good plan?

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I would go with a separate avr and BD player. That's just me. Do you want a HTIB (home theater in a box)? Here is a good one. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e/1.html#!more
Here is a BD player to go with it. http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMP-...7770905&sr=1-2
Add it to cart and the price is $126. It's a 3D player with wi-fi.
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I would go with a separate avr and BD player. That's just me. Do you want a HTIB (home theater in a box)? Here is a good one. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e/1.html#!more
Here is a BD player to go with it. http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMP-...7770905&sr=1-2
Add it to cart and the price is $126. It's a 3D player with wi-fi.
I like the prices, Thank-You. I will do some research on these.

Do you know if the Panasonic HDTV ST30's remote will be programmable to these 2 components?
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I like the prices, Thank-You. I will do some research on these.

Do you know if the Panasonic HDTV ST30's remote will be programmable to these 2 components?
Should be with the BD player. Not sure with the HTIB. Get a Harmony remote , I have one and love it.
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got to second mytimes choice. for a small system it's 6ohms , that means more power, hah, hah, hah! I don't think for the $ you'll find a better deal. more-more power!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:40 AM   #6  
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I wish your forum had the Thanks option activated because I appreciate every response.

I did pick up a Panasonic TC-65PST34 from Costco today that I think is just a ST30 but I am stoked, it is so much more in the 20th century.

I have another question, coming from an era of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Which is just about as old my speakers are. LOL

So I wonder, rather than a HTIB, I was thinking about getting a Pioneer VSX-821K from Costco and using my old speakers. I have an old Surround Sound system powered by a a JVC CompuLink Receiver that was before HDMI and a set of Audio Source speakers along with a set of Bose 101's.

Has speaker technology improved so much that I would be better with the HTIB Onkyo HT-S3400 5.1 or the Pioneer stand alone receiver and utilizing my old speakers???
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Entirely up to you. If you look around this place you will find that Bose are not highly thought of here. No highs, no lows...must be Bose. LOL.
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Entirely up to you. If you look around this place you will find that Bose are not highly thought of here. No highs, no lows...must be Bose. LOL.
I guess my thinking was by buying a stand alone receiver rather than a HTIB the quality of the receiver would be better.

Do you think that is the case or are the receivers in the same price range about the same and the HTBI speakers are just good but not great and possibly better than my old ones?

Hope that makes sense. Thanks for your help!
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IMO the one I linked will be more than enough for what you want to spend. The AVR in that setup is 3D ready so you are good to go.
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IMO the one I linked will be more than enough for what you want to spend. The AVR in that setup is 3D ready so you are good to go.
It does sound like a decent unit and it looks good.

One last question, the link you listed says the unit is a Onkyo Factory Refurbished.

I have never bought a Refurbished item, What are your thoughts?
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It does sound like a decent unit and it looks good.

One last question, the link you listed says the unit is a Onkyo Factory Refurbished.

I have never bought a Refurbished item, What are your thoughts?
I have bought from them before and had no problems. Bought an Onkyo from them 4 yrs ago and sold it to a friend last year. The thing is still kicking. Alot of times they are just returns . They go through a good deal of testing to make sure they are fine, more then a "new" one I believe.
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Thumbs up Onkyo

The receivers in Onkyo packaged systems are the same receivers that you can purchase separately. As far as purchasing the refurbished items at www.accessories4less.com goes, many of us have been purchasing from them for years. No one on here has ever complained about their products. IMHO, you'll be really impressed with the sound from this system. .
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IMHO, you'll be really impressed with the sound from this system. .
Thank-You for the info!

Obviously I am very new to all the latest technology. I am just about ready to order the Onkyo HT-S3400 as suggested.

After doing more researching there is another question. We have discussed sound quality but what about Picture quality? Is there a improved quality of the Video too????
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Unless you are spending big $$ the upconversion from your AVR will most likely be no better (possibly worse) than your tv. High quality scalers (used for 480 upconversion) add significant cost. My AVR (receiver) when purchased had one of the best scalers in it and was MSRP at ~$2000 (maybe a bit more). Now there are a lot of other pricey thingsin there as well but tv's are made to scale video so that is one area a budget AVR will not really improve upon.
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Unless you are spending big $$ the upconversion from your AVR will most likely be no better (possibly worse) than your tv.
I understand to a point of what you are saying.

Then if there is a possibility of worse Quality of Picture, Can the AVR be connected so you only use it for sound? I assume using the HDMI would route both the sound and Video through the AVR.

What connection type (if any) would be used to bypass the Video?

Thanks for your help!
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