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Old 01-18-2010, 10:33 PM   #1  
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Ok so im thinking about getting a surround sound system for my house next year.

Im trying to decide whether i should go with a HTIB or piece a setup together.

I would get something along the lines of the Onkyo 6200 or 7200. I would probably by a refurbished set or used.

Or i could piece together a system. I would focus most of the money on the front 3 speakers, sub and receiver. I would not spend much on the back speakers, and i do not consider having them a necessity.

would it be logical to try to piece together a system for around the $800 mark if i bought used or refurbished stuff? Or should i just go with the onkyo surround sound HTIB?
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:41 PM   #2  
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The Onkyo HTiB's are outstanding values and you would be hard pressed to come up with something you pieced together that would sound as good and be so perfectly matched. You could always replace or add an additional sub in the future, that is if you would think it necessary.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:32 AM   #3  
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I was thinking something along the lines of this:

Reciever – Marantz SR5002 - $350 (Or any other receiver in this price range)
Front Speakers – Klipsch Synergy F-1 Pair - $360 (Any other floor standing speakers around $400)
Center Speaker - Klipsch RC-10 $220
Sub – Infinity PS212 - $315
Rear Speakers - (Add at a later Date) or get budget pair around $100

Total: $1245

Im not sure if the center and the fronts are matched or not. not really sure how to match them other than that they're both klipsch.

If i can find some better deals or buy refurbished or used i might be able to put it together for around $1000. this is going in a college house so it will be used for music during parties and things of the sort as well.

I am a bonafide techoholic and find it way more fun to piece a system together then to just buy a HTIB some im going to see what i can put together


Would this setup outperform the Onkyo setup i mentioned earlier? It would be more expensive, but im willing to dish it out as i will have it for many years.

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:34 AM   #4  
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I second the Onkyo 6200/7200. It is a great system that's also upgradeable down the road. It is super easy to set up with the Audyssey system that is built in.
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I'm with you...go seperates, and get speakers from a speaker company. I know many believe that Onkyo is the best bang for the buck, and it may be, but doesn't mean with a bit more money, you couldn't do better! I can't comment on the Klipsch's though because I'm not a fan.

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:20 AM   #6  
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I'm all about piecing together a system, myself. If you are savvy, you could shop for used or reburbished equipment and put together a system for around $1200 that would put that HTIB to shame. However, I'd pick that Onkyo HTIB before I bought anything from the Synergy line. If you are a fan of the Klipsch sound, I wouldn't look at anything less than thier Reference line (RF-62, RF 82), though it may run you over budget. That center you picked probably falls under the smaller reference series (RF 35, RF 52). For $2000, you could really open up more options into audiophile quality components/speakers but it really depends on how picky you are about sound quality.
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Onkyo 507 $300
Polk RM705 $300

Pretty good stuff for cheap.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:17 AM   #8  
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Ok so i put together some options on the systems:

Lower level:
Reciever – Marantz SR5002 - $350
Front Speakers –Klipsch F-1’s - $360
Center Speaker – Klipsch C-1 - $200
Sub – Infinity PS212 - $315

Total = $1225

Mid Level:
Reciever – Marantz SR5002 - $350
Front Speakers – Klipsch RF-10 Pair - $500
Center Speaker – Klipsch RC-10 - $220
Sub – Infinity PS212 - $315

Total - $1385

Higer End:
Reciever – Marantz SR6001 - $400
Front Speakers – Klipsch RF-52 - $638
Center Speaker – Klipsch RC-52 - $320
Sub – Infinity PS212 - $315

Total - $1665

Obviously im leaning towards the last setup, as i hate buying lower quality stuff and i think that setup would be killer. however, i am in college and the money is not infinite lol

This will be for blu-ray, tv, video games, and music for parties.

What are some recommendations on a receiver for these set-ups. I don't know a whole lot about them and have trouble figuring out which ones would fit my needs.

And finally which setup would you recommend?

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Santapimp you might want to think about a Paradigm cinema110 set-up
( http://www.amazon.com/Paradigm-Cinem...4034213&sr=8-1)
$1049 for 5.1 set-up add Onkyo607 or maybe Yamaha VX663 receiver each can be found for about $400 = ~$1500 very good for college student and can upgrade as you see fit.

Also saw same set-up on Ebay brand new with shipping (Paradigm cinema set-up) for $849 free shipping.

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thanks for the input jkkyler. i will try to hear the paradigms at a local store out here in pittsburgh.

What im shooting for right now is:

Reciever – Onkyo sr706 - $430
Front Speakers – Klipsch RF-52 - $575
Center Speaker – Klipsch RC-52 - $250
Sub – Infinity PS212 - $315

Total - $1570

And with some more searching i can hopefully find them for even lower prices. i really like the presence that tower speakers bring to a HT system and the RF-52's seem to be like a good choice.

For $1500, this setup seems pretty damn good lol. I would add the two rear speakers probably around xmas time, and would even possibly think about going to a 7.1 setup

Any other comments or recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

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If you are going to go that route, waiting on the satellites, then I strongly suggest you go listen to the Paradigm monitor series - My paradigm titans front l/r (7 1/2" in bass/midrange down to 39hz) were $500/pr. I believe after currency adjustments they are now ~$550) and the cc-190 for ~$300 will make quite an impression paired with that ps212 IMO.

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If you are going to go that route, waiting on the satellites, then I strongly suggest you go listen to the Paradigm monitor series - My paradigm titans front l/r (7 1/2" in bass/midrange down to 39hz) were $500/pr. I believe after currency adjustments they are now ~$550) and the cc-190 for ~$300 will make quite an impression paired with that ps212 IMO.

BTW - Go Steelers - find my way to Pittsburgh quite a lot for games and Mr. Smalls .
The new Paradigm SE1 speakers are mind blowing and share the Studio series technology. Definitely worth a look, in fact purchase 'cause they will blow away the Klipsch and Polks that have been mentioned.

The SE1's sell for $350 each.

Check out this review - http://www.hometheatermag.com/compac...eaker_system/#
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The new Paradigm SE1 speakers are mind blowing and share the Studio series technology. Definitely worth a look, in fact purchase 'cause they will blow away the Klipsch and Polks that have been mentioned.

The SE1's sell for $350 each.

Check out this review - http://www.hometheatermag.com/compac...eaker_system/#
this is why i hate home audio. there's always something better lol.

i will take a look into paradigm speakers. i was looking for towers, but i guess bookshelves could work.

the se1's are $350 a pair, and the center for it is $500. with the receiver and sub, im looking at $2000. thats 500 more than the klipsch setup. i might be able to get away with the two fronts, but the center at $500 is just out of my price range.

i cant find these speakers anywhere on the internet. where can i find them?

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If you are going to go that route, waiting on the satellites, then I strongly suggest you go listen to the Paradigm monitor series - My paradigm titans front l/r (7 1/2" in bass/midrange down to 39hz) were $500/pr. I believe after currency adjustments they are now ~$550) and the cc-190 for ~$300 will make quite an impression paired with that ps212 IMO.

BTW - Go Steelers - find my way to Pittsburgh quite a lot for games and Mr. Smalls .
im a giants fan at heart, but it really is steeler country out here. huge football city.

im actually from NJ, i just go to school in pittsburgh
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this is why i hate home audio. there's always something better lol.

Isn't that the truth? I can't say roaming around these boards helps any. Between the A/V boards and Audiogon... I can't stop wanting to upgrade. One could have worse addictions, I suppose.
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