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Old 05-11-2013, 01:10 PM   #1  
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Default First Home Theater System! Need Advice

Hey guys this is my first post so excuse me if I don't get terms, brands, etc. right away.

Setting: Basement. Concrete walls with thinner ceiling. 11x16 with around a 7.5' ceiling.

Use: I watch TV on occasion but this is more of a office/ meditation area. The main use is music. The genre spans the vastness of indie with the occasional hiphop. Lots of instruments so quality is important. I have heard there are ways to setup a system to mimic a live performance but again my knowledge is limited. I have no clue which type of system will work best: tower, 5:1(I have a common sense idea what that means. I assume there's 5 speakers arranged in a certain way) etc.

Price: I'm willing to spend 500 but if possible would like to spend less. Keep in mind I'm not trying to get TOP end as much as a good starter setup that will meet my requirements without breaking the bank!

Thanks guys!
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #2  
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Hey guys this is my first post so excuse me if I don't get terms, brands, etc. right away.

Setting: Basement. Concrete walls with thinner ceiling. 11x16 with around a 7.5' ceiling.

Use: I watch TV on occasion but this is more of a office/ meditation area. The main use is music. The genre spans the vastness of indie with the occasional hiphop. Lots of instruments so quality is important. I have heard there are ways to setup a system to mimic a live performance but again my knowledge is limited. I have no clue which type of system will work best: tower, 5:1(I have a common sense idea what that means. I assume there's 5 speakers arranged in a certain way) etc.
Brands matter. Onkyo and Denon are the most used. Marantz is a bit costly, but Denon makes it. They have nice sales on now. If you need further advice come back.
ther are several who know this stuff well.
Price: I'm willing to spend 500 but if possible would like to spend less. Keep in mind I'm not trying to get TOP end as much as a good starter setup that will meet my requirements without breaking the bank!

Thanks guys!
Go to accessories4less a favorite place to buy equipment around here. Pick the avr that will suit your needs. Tower speakers are expensive. You may be better off with 5.1 with a decent sub.
arrangement of speakers is easy. two in back, on opposie sides, facing the setas, front center under/above tv, and fronts go where steoe speakers go. Subs you must experiment with placement. check google for some good advice.
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That didn't really help. As I said I know little to nothing about the topic. So telling me a website and saying to find something to suit my needs isn't a solution. And if Googling it would have worked why would I be here? Isn't a forum where you find advice not a place to tell you a couple brands and to Google your answer?
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http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html
here is a nice audio video receiver that will work.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...Package/1.html
here is a 5.1 set up in your budget. a little over

http://www.google.com/search?q=5.1+s...w=1024&bih=641
This will give you a good start on setup for speakers.
If you need or have a specific question, that will be of help.
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That didn't really help. As I said I know little to nothing about the topic. So telling me a website and saying to find something to suit my needs isn't a solution. And if Googling it would have worked why would I be here? Isn't a forum where you find advice not a place to tell you a couple brands and to Google your answer?
avr, or audio video reciever, are used in 5.1/7.1 home theater setups. You need on with a 5.1 speaker setup, and a blu ray player. I would suggest an Oppo for the blu ray player, but there are cheaper. you said your into music, the Oppo line will play most discs made today, and the high res. audio - sacd/dvd audio and now blu ray music. and it does it very well. I hope you found that more helpful. My cronies are off today, but you will get more answers as they log on.
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As alluded to what you want are 5 speakers and a subwoofer the 5 and .1 in a 5.1 surrpund sound system. These are connected to an AVR (audio video receiver) which has the amplifier and provides the power you need. Any peripherals - blu ray, dvd, cd, gaming console etc plug into this and in turn (usually) a line out from that to your display . Oppo is a manufacturer of premium audio equipment - it performs above all others and they have legendary customer support but they are more expensive as they are a premium product and probably out of your budget at this point - there are several models of their blu-ray players anfd they pretty much are $500 always.Something to [ossibly think about down the line. Typically avoiding HTIB (home theater in a box) and buying individual components yields the best results but cost and selection vary.
Accessories for less is nice because they sell factory refurbished units with full warranty and good customer service at very good prices. Many many members here have purchased from them without any troubles.

Here are a few suggestions you can look at and get back with any specific questions you may have
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...peakers/1.html

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e/1.html#!more

or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882981013
coupled with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117427

Those are some suggestions - good luck
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