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Old 01-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #1  
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Hey guys-

I'm completely new to this whole surround sound speaker business, so any help from you would be greatly appreciated. My wife and I just bought our first home and I'm planning on setting up a system in our family room. I am looking at the following two models (I would paste a URL but it wouldn't allow me since I'm new):

Onkyo HT-RC460

Yamaha RX-V473

Onkyo HT-RC430 (This is a less powerful receiver I believe, so I'm curious if the lower price is worth it)

I could read the specs on them and pretend to know what I'm reading, but I would be fooling myself. So, what are your general thoughts between the two? Best Buy is currently selling the Onkyo on sale for $275. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks so much!

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Hey guys-

I'm completely new to this whole surround sound speaker business, so any help from you would be greatly appreciated. My wife and I just bought our first home and I'm planning on setting up a system in our family room. I am looking at the following two models (I would paste a URL but it wouldn't allow me since I'm new):

Onkyo HT-RC460

Yamaha RX-V473

Onkyo HT-RC430 (This is a less powerful receiver I believe, so I'm curious if the lower price is worth it)

I could read the specs on them and pretend to know what I'm reading, but I would be fooling myself. So, what are your general thoughts between the two? Best Buy is currently selling the Onkyo on sale for $275. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks so much!

Jon
The O 430 is less powerful. Onkyo is known for jamming lots of stuff into thier receivers and are very popular. The Yamaha is a nice choice, just less bells and whistles of the Onkyo's.
I would also recomend you buy at http://www.accessories4less.com/
The stuff is way cheaper, and usually refurb @ the factory. and full warranty as if it were new. They may fail inspection and sent back if worth repair, and gone over twice. A very good deal.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #3  
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Nice. Thanks for the website! I get a little skeptical on sites like this, but I ran across a system that has the receiver with speakers included. It's the Onkyo HT-S5500. It appears to be a pretty sweet system that retails for over $600, and on accessories4less it's selling for $269.

I like the fact that I don't have to think about buying the speakers and receiver separate, and from a few reviews I've read it has some very nice quality. Thoughts on this package?

Also, a few reviews on amazon were discussing the sub woofer and had a few complaints. Apparently the sub seemed dead to some people and couldn't get it working. I guess Onkyo, within the menus, recommends to change the crossover from 150hz to 120hz. So, everyone, what in the hell does this mean?

He even asked others if he should drop the hz to even 50, as it is possible. But he, too, was curious if this is beneficial.

Any help on these two thoughts? The speaker system itself and the crossover issue?

Thanks!
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Nice. Thanks for the website! I get a little skeptical on sites like this, but I ran across a system that has the receiver with speakers included. It's the Onkyo HT-S5500. It appears to be a pretty sweet system that retails for over $600, and on accessories4less it's selling for $269.

I like the fact that I don't have to think about buying the speakers and receiver separate, and from a few reviews I've read it has some very nice quality. Thoughts on this package?

Also, a few reviews on amazon were discussing the sub woofer and had a few complaints. Apparently the sub seemed dead to some people and couldn't get it working. I guess Onkyo, within the menus, recommends to change the crossover from 150hz to 120hz. So, everyone, what in the hell does this mean?

He even asked others if he should drop the hz to even 50, as it is possible. But he, too, was curious if this is beneficial.

Any help on these two thoughts? The speaker system itself and the crossover issue?

Thanks!
HTIB is OK for some. Speakers are a personal thing. You can always return it if your not happy with it. My son bought HTIB and ended up replacing the speakers. Buying seperates is easy today as they make HT packages.
You are refering to bass management. With a sat-sub system you set it to small and 80-90hz for crossover, the freq. that the bass stops being sent to the sats, and will go to the sub.
There are many here who will assist in purchase and setup, so you are covered. Mo question is stupid.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:13 PM   #5  
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Ok, so if I were able to get the Onkyo HT-S5500 for $279 off accessories4less due to it being refurbished, do you think this isn't a bad way to go? It's my first system so I'm just starting to get my feet wet.

Or would you opt for something else in that 250-350 dollar price range? Thanks!
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That's a good package at a great price. Yes it will sound good.

But you said it, it's getting your feet wet, you'll want to upgrade sooner rather than later. If you already set a budget for separates, which is how you first posted, then keep it that way.
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Thumbs up Onkyo

As you see in my Signature, I have only Onkyo systems in my house. You will be more than happy with the HT-S5500 system. It comes with the Audyssey setup program built in, so there will be no problem with setting up your Onkyo for the absolute best sound possible. Many of us on this site have purchased equipment from www.accessories4less.com and couldn't be happier. The prices are very reasonable and it's just like buying brand new equipment. Even though the speakers are just fine, with Onkyo you can purchase larger speakers in the future, if you desire, as the receiver is very similar to their stand alone receivers. I'm using my 6100 system in the master bedroom and can attest that it will rock the house ( my 608 in the living room rocks the neighborhood ). As stated before, Onkyo packs the most features, bells and whistles of any comparable system. You'll never regret your purchase. .
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As you see in my Signature, I have only Onkyo systems in my house. You will be more than happy with the HT-S5500 system. It comes with the Audyssey setup program built in, so there will be no problem with setting up your Onkyo for the absolute best sound possible. Many of us on this site have purchased equipment from www.accessories4less.com and couldn't be happier. The prices are very reasonable and it's just like buying brand new equipment. Even though the speakers are just fine, with Onkyo you can purchase larger speakers in the future, if you desire, as the receiver is very similar to their stand alone receivers. I'm using my 6100 system in the master bedroom and can attest that it will rock the house ( my 608 in the living room rocks the neighborhood ). As stated before, Onkyo packs the most features, bells and whistles of any comparable system. You'll never regret your purchase. .
I gotta go with the rev here. He answered the question correctly. let us know?
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I have bought from that site. No regrets whatsoever.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #10  
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Thank you all very much for your input. I greatly appreciate it. I'm glad to hear that you approve of the S5500 because I've read about the subwoofer shutting off, or to some degree of that. Some reviews on Newegg tend to warn people to stay away from this system, which is why I'm hesitant. After doing some research, I've thought about putting these items together...Let me know what you think...

Speakers:

Energy Take Classic 5 Pack 5.0 Home Theater Speaker ($160)
Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer ($90)

And I have no idea out of these receivers which would be best to go with...

Onkyo HT-RC430- 300W 5.1-Ch. 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver (Sale at Best Buy: $169)

Onkyo HT-RC460 - 560W 7.2-Ch. 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver (Sale at Best Buy: $275)

Yamaha RX-V373- 500W 5.1-Ch. A/V Home Theater Receiver ($250)

Or.....What do you think of this HTIB? Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System ($430) or the Onkyo HT-S7409 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver/ 5.1 Speaker Package (which including shipping would cost me $429 off accessories4less). Let me know!

Sorry for making things more confusing, but I just want to make sure I make the right purchase. I'm doing my best not to over think things, but it's damn hard not to do. Thanks so much!

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Here it goes, my best suggestion:

http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Tec.../dp/B001GOK9GE

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

Can't beat Def Tech or Denon and the denon even has multi EQ, this system will be far better than the Onkyo you were considering. It's more but not too much more for what you get.
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Then go to monoprice.com for your banana clips, speaker wire, and hdmi cables and you have a sweet surround system for under $500.
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Thanks guys,
I'm all ears/eyes on this thread because I need to upgrade my old Dolby Pro-Logic for digital and this is EXACTLY the price point I want.
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Thanks guys,
I'm all ears/eyes on this thread because I need to upgrade my old Dolby Pro-Logic for digital and this is EXACTLY the price point I want.
foe a few bucks more this is an excellent Denon receiver, with all the latest features
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...Airplay/1.html
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I actually was looking into the Definitive Tech system, but now I'm also considering the Jamo S426 which on amazon is selling for $179. The room that we will be putting this in is about 14x16. I've read that having a sub isn't absolutely necessary with the Jamo system being that the floor standing speakers can carry a bit of bass, but I'm planning on getting a 12' 200W sub eventually.

I don't need anything top notch by any means, but I would like something that will last me into the coming years. Someone on crutchfield recommended the Yamaha V373 receiver with the Jamo and with my best buy gift cards, I could get the receiver for $175. Would you still recommend a different receiver if I purchased the Jamo?

What do you think about these options?
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