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Old 02-05-2014, 02:07 PM   #1  
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What is the best 5.1 audio setup that I can put together for $500? It's for a medium sized room and primarily for watching movies. I'm new to surround sound and don't know what to look for. Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:52 AM   #3  
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What do you mean by medium sized room, 1,200 cubic feet? 16' x 10' x 9' would be 1,440 cubic feet as an example. I have three rooms with surround sound in our home, the largest is around 2,500 cubic feet and that requires a much better, more expensive speaker system than the master bedroom, about a third of the size.

I wouldn't put the system ImRizzo suggested in a 1,200 cubic foot room, much less 2,500 cubic foot room but it might be a good budget choice in say an 800 cubic foot room. Given knowledge about the room size, I can offer some suggestions.
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What do you mean by medium sized room, 1,200 cubic feet? 16' x 10' x 9' would be 1,440 cubic feet as an example. I have three rooms with surround sound in our home, the largest is around 2,500 cubic feet and that requires a much better, more expensive speaker system than the master bedroom, about a third of the size.

I wouldn't put the system ImRizzo suggested in a 1,200 cubic foot room, much less 2,500 cubic foot room but it might be a good budget choice in say an 800 cubic foot room. Given knowledge about the room size, I can offer some suggestions.
On a budget of $500 and some careful on line shopping can get you decent quality small system. Through sites like this...
There are some nice Audio sales at Woot.com all last week they were selling Pinnacle speakers very well price They change daily.
Like: http://tech.woot.com/plus/receivers-htibs-soundbars

and other wholesale reputable online resellers

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:56 AM   #5  
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I would buy online through a discount seller if purchasing a system with such a modest budget. The only downside is that makes it very difficult to have heard the same system before making the purchase.
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I would buy online through a discount seller if purchasing a system with such a modest budget. The only downside is that makes it very difficult to have heard the same system before making the purchase.
I gotta agree with CG. My son bought HTIB and was very dissatisfied with it. You can get good deals at accessories4less.com, and nice speakers at woot.
It's tough working with little money, I know this more than most. I suggest you do as I did, and buy one piece at a time. And check e bay for avr's. I nailed a 100 watt Denon ( a bit older) but 7.1 for a mere $71.00. I would never buy speakers there, but there are many places that offer good deals. Took me a few months to put my system together, but the wait was well worth it.
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agree, check ebay. your always going to get a better deal buying used then new, well most of the time. buy a receiver that sold for $800.00 new for under $100.00 on ebay, but then it is used, may or may not have any problems with it. usually get a 30 day return policy on them. pick your brand, find them on ebay, check out what they went for new, and go from there. if you can afford to buy new then at least buy your receiver new. speakers are a dime a dozen. i bought a pair jamo 707i,s for $300.00, they sold new, and he gave me the receipt and manual, for almost $800.00 a piece new. been running them for a few years now and no problems. so there are deals out there. i buy my receivers new, nothing like new, warranty. but have been tempted to buy used.
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Here is an excellent buy
http://www.woot.com/?utm_source=Dail...187517#tracked
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Thumbs up Onkyo

Indeed. I purchased this Onkyo receiver from Accessories4less. IMHO it's the best receiver for the money. .
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agree, check ebay. your always going to get a better deal buying used then new, well most of the time. buy a receiver that sold for $800.00 new for under $100.00 on ebay, but then it is used, may or may not have any problems with it. usually get a 30 day return policy on them. pick your brand, find them on ebay, check out what they went for new, and go from there. if you can afford to buy new then at least buy your receiver new. speakers are a dime a dozen. i bought a pair jamo 707i,s for $300.00, they sold new, and he gave me the receipt and manual, for almost $800.00 a piece new. been running them for a few years now and no problems. so there are deals out there. i buy my receivers new, nothing like new, warranty. but have been tempted to buy used.
Here is DEAL! I got an Onkyo a huge mother @ 55 lbs! 130 watts class B amps, at the AVS forum loaded with ports and features, with minor cosmetic issues for only $150.00! (Onkyo 806), and it's the tits!
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I bought a Yamaha 500 watt HTIB for 199 brand new at a close out sale couple of years ago. Room is 14x14 and is plenty loud and clear. Only thing I don't like is when cable is run thru it on sports the announcers voice is hollow. For the price I couldn't go wrong. On movies and music it is beautiful. Looking to replace center speaker for this but am finding a good center speaker is over 200 so I will wait.
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yep, have to look for deals. if your really into music then you need to buy something good. something you can add to. if your not into music that much then get what ever. like building a old hotrod, piece at a time. but when your done you have something to enjoy.
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yep, have to look for deals. if your really into music then you need to buy something good. something you can add to. if your not into music that much then get what ever. like building a old hotrod, piece at a time. but when your done you have something to enjoy.
Agreed, if you rush and buy cheap now your throwing you $$ away as cheap speakers are not resell able. Buy quality by carefully searching/reviewing on ebay can get you some great deals and by carefully read their auction info can help give you a perspective of the seller an owner who cares about and appreciated their equipment or a reseller who deals in closeout stock. you can locate new equipment for super prices.
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