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Old 06-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #1  
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Default New guy needs to be schooled! Looking for a surround system under $600

Hello, I am obviously new here and have done extensive reading and searching and just need a bit more advice to go ahead and buy my surround setup.

I have decided to go with a 5.1 with a sub.
I want a onkyo system.
My questions are:
1. Can a good complete 5.1 onkyo system be bought for under $600
2. Are onkyo subs & speakers good quality or is it just the amps/receivers that are good?
3. Should I just buy a complete onkyo 5.1 or just a onkyo reciever and other speakers/sub?
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:22 AM   #2  
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You should be able to buy very good 5.1 Onkyo HTIB for $600

Check accessories4less.com
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:03 PM   #3  
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Any specific models you want to recommend?
So are the speakers/sub decent?
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Any specific models you want to recommend?
So are the speakers/sub decent?
You'll get the best bang for the buck, there.
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You'll get the best bang for the buck, there.
Yep. Just make sure you get one with a powered and not passive sub. That way you have an AVR that you can keep if you decide to upgrade speakers/ sub later.
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it's usually better to go separate, as far as sound goes, but $600 won't really cut it.

HTiB is good for a budget like yours, just get the best one you can afford, systems like the Onkyo s3400 won't cut it.
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Can anyone help me on what is a good model??
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Can anyone help me on what is a good model??
here are a few quality units:

Denon
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...D-ready/1.html

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

Also check balance of AVR posted there and buy with confidence.

Also check here:

http://www.newegg.com/Receivers/SubCategory/ID-488

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Sorry I'm very new balance of avr?
What do you guys think about this unit?
ebay item# 230920873098
I kind of want to get a complete 5.1 with speakers to start off and then I will buy better speakers
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I would go with the Denon that IMRIZZO linked. Very good receiver, and decent started speakers.
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I would go with the Denon that IMRIZZO linked. Very good receiver, and decent started speakers.
the two units have very different sound. I've had both, and after years of Onkyo, now have Denon, and will never go back.
The Denon sound is more colorful than Intergra that is "punchy". Not bad, but different. If you like rock music, go for Integra/Onkyo, anything other I would say Denon. It's best to preview if at all possible the two, with music you like
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Personally, I tend to be skeptical of reports that two receivers sound significantly different. What would account for that? Differences in room correction could be responsible. But, more "colorful" or "punchy"?
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Personally, I tend to be skeptical of reports that two receivers sound significantly different. What would account for that? Differences in room correction could be responsible. But, more "colorful" or "punchy"?
I would suggest you do a side by side with identical sound source. The Onkyo is Brighter (more digital/cold) were as the Denon is a warmer tone not so cold sounding.
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Personally, I tend to be skeptical of reports that two receivers sound significantly different. What would account for that? Differences in room correction could be responsible. But, more "colorful" or "punchy"?
Room correction has nothing to do with it. It's the amps that have very different and distinct sound. I was alway a marantz guy, until they sold out. Then I went to Onkyo, and stuck with that for many years-Integra/Onkyo, I was a brand follower, until I heard a Denon.
I then changed, bought a Denon, and have not looked back. The words I use to describe the sound are as close as I can get, The Rizz has better terms, easier to understand perhaps for some.
Onkyo as of late has stuffed all they could into the avr's they make, and as a result, the quality suffers, by use of cheaper parts to make them not expensive. I'll settle for less bells and whistles for a nice sound. Oh! Smooth and warm?
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Room correction has nothing to do with it. It's the amps that have very different and distinct sound. I was alway a marantz guy, until they sold out. Then I went to Onkyo, and stuck with that for many years-Integra/Onkyo, I was a brand follower, until I heard a Denon.
I then changed, bought a Denon, and have not looked back. The words I use to describe the sound are as close as I can get, The Rizz has better terms, easier to understand perhaps for some.
Onkyo as of late has stuffed all they could into the avr's they make, and as a result, the quality suffers, by use of cheaper parts to make them not expensive. I'll settle for less bells and whistles for a nice sound. Oh! Smooth and warm?
Denon put better components in their systems, were as Onkyo skimps on higher end components, and instead includes more features ......Quantity VS Quality I'll take the latter every time
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