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Old 04-25-2013, 03:41 PM   #1  
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Howdy,

I'm trying to finish planning my home theater while I wait for the projector to come back in stock (ViewSonic PJD7820HD). I am trying to decide between buying a boxed 5.1 surround sound system with speakers, sub, and receiver (prob a $300 set from Yamaha or Onkyo) or using some of my vintage speakers and buying a receiver, center speaker, and sub-woofer.

I really don't have more than $300 to spend on everything, and would prefer to spend closer to $200...

I'd like to have at least 4 HDMI inputs (cable, roku, xbox, blu-ray) and 3d capabilities.

My speakers are all large bookshelf speakers from the 80s. 2 Bose (901's I believe) and 2 Sony speakers. All work great.

Thoughts? Recommendation for receiver, sub, center speaker?

Thanks a lot!
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Howdy,

I'm trying to finish planning my home theater while I wait for the projector to come back in stock (ViewSonic PJD7820HD). I am trying to decide between buying a boxed 5.1 surround sound system with speakers, sub, and receiver (prob a $300 set from Yamaha or Onkyo) or using some of my vintage speakers and buying a receiver, center speaker, and sub-woofer.

I really don't have more than $300 to spend on everything, and would prefer to spend closer to $200...

I'd like to have at least 4 HDMI inputs (cable, roku, xbox, blu-ray) and 3d capabilities.

My speakers are all large bookshelf speakers from the 80s. 2 Bose (901's I believe) and 2 Sony speakers. All work great.

Thoughts? Recommendation for receiver, sub, center speaker?

Thanks a lot!
Beer budget, with champagne taste for anything decent you'll need to increase your budget to minimum 500+
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:30 PM   #3  
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Speaker cabinets need to be timber matched, for tonal quality. Years ago, I had all mismatched speakers before speaker makes began making 5.1 systems.It had an awful mis-matched sound quality I could not stand. Home theater in a box is a waste of money, unless you get good speakers with it.
For a beer budget, I suggest a good quality soundbar.
The min you'll shell out for an avr with nice speakers will set you back around $500.00 or so.
Me being basicly in the same boat, needed a new avr, so I hit ebay and got real lucky-an Integra for $37.00 85x5 and a Denon 105 x 5 that I love! that went for $71.00!!
I would buy speakers new.
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Buying them now, look like a great set! Thanks a lot!
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I spoke too soon...

I saw there is also the 5.1 HT-S3500 for $199.99. How does that compare to the S5500?

Thanks!
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I saw there is also the 5.1 HT-S3500 for $199.99. How does that compare to the S5500?

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Thanks a lot! Last question, and then I'm pulling the trigger. Thoughts on the HT-S7400 or S7409? I know they are a little pricier but have analog-to-HDMI conversion and the 7409 seems to come with a much nicer receiver.

You guys are the best...
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Thanks a lot! Last question, and then I'm pulling the trigger. Thoughts on the HT-S7400 or S7409? I know they are a little pricier but have analog-to-HDMI conversion and the 7409 seems to come with a much nicer receiver.

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The 7409 has better features and better speakers if you can make your budget accessible that's the one to get.
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Thats the cookie then, I think it'll be worth the extra money long-term.

Thanks for all your guidance! Little by little, I am learning.

I have HDMI cords, but I assume I need to order speaker wire with it?
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Thats the cookie then, I think it'll be worth the extra money long-term.

Thanks for all your guidance! Little by little, I am learning.

I have HDMI cords, but I assume I need to order speaker wire with it?
Order all your necessary connectors and wiring from www.monoprice.com excellent products and prices
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For speaker wire you can use simple 14g lamp cord bought off spools at home depot or the like. Same thing as you get when you buy 'speaker wirte' for a lot less.
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Look how prices on avr's have come down! When I started you could not touch a decent unit for under $500.00! Now you get a Denon for less than $200.00!
Amazing! This is the time to get HT. It's never been better with low prices on nice stuff! MY very 1st receiver in the 70's, A Marantz 65 watts x 2 cost me $350.00. A decent TT set you back another $250.00. add speakers that should be the bulk of the budjet. Back then, that was like a couple paychecks. Now-they give it away!
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I spoke too soon...

I saw there is also the 5.1 HT-S3500 for $199.99. How does that compare to the S5500?

Thanks!
I have the s3500 and it stinks. Only sounds decent during BD playing. It's now sitting in a box in my garage. I can't imagine the S5500 is much better...

Check out Def Tech procinema 60 then buy a cheap receiver.
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I went with the S7409 and am glad I did!! Great speakers and the receiver is really top notch. Extremely clear highs.

My project should be in in a couple of weeks and we'll see how the whole system goes! Thanks for all of your help!
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