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Old 08-27-2006, 02:04 PM   #1  
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I have recently purchased 40" Sammy LCD 4092 HDtv and want to add a surround sound system. From comments here and other research, I have narrowed it down to two HTIB choices (i.e. Onkyo HT-S790 7.1 1000 Watt system with receiver or LG LH-E9674 5.1 system with 5 disk 1000 Watt DVD player/receiver). Both sytems cost about $450. The Onkyo is rated as "a slam dunk" choice for HTIB sytems by CNET editors for sound quality (they don't have a rating for the LG model) but indicate that it is not the most favorable looking system. The LG floor tower speakers and componet speakers are piano black, similar to the TV and look much better as well as having a HDMI I/O with upconvert to HD, and wireless rear speakers ability (not sure how much adapter for wireless costs). The Onkyo has a amplifier subwoofer vs. passive for the LG.

Since there are likely important technical differences between these two sytems that I don't understand I am including URLs below for more info on these two systems: (hopefully the first one won't wrap -- I need to learn how to do "paste links")

http://www.cyberscholar.com/LGETrain...%22LH-E9674%22

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...ures/502499830

I don't have enough information about the LG system to know if I would be sacrificing a lot of sound quality vs. the Onkyo system to get some features and appearance that I like. If anyone here can help me either with an opinion or where to look to get review or more info on the LG system.

I received a lot of help on the HighDef Flat Planel forum in picking out a HDtv and I'm hoping that I can get the same here. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 08-27-2006, 02:53 PM   #2  
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At that price range flip a coin on sound quality (really no big difference) and go off of appearance.

As you can see about reviews it's all in the eye and ears of the beholders. The reviews states that the LG does not look that good but you like because it matches your set.

Believe the sound difference in the two if there is any is very very small.
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:00 PM   #3  
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Thanks for reply. Glad to hear the sound may be comparable for both systems I mentioned. I was hoping someone could tell me based on a review of the specs if one of these systems had better components since I can't seem to find anyone who actually has posted a review of the LG system based on owning one or reviewing the specs.
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Old 08-28-2006, 04:51 AM   #4  
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The LG solution imposes a DVD player which may be at the end of its usefulness (from a technology standpoint):

- Within the next 2 years, you may want to buy a high definition player (HD DVD or BD, already on the market)

- Few players excel at Upconversion. Have not read that this LG is one of them.

And you may want to consider buying separate components. You could then get an a/v receiver with 5.1 multichannel analog inputs which would permit to hear sounds in DD Plus, DD TrueHD and DTS-HD, should you, as said before, decide to buy an HD DVD player (BD players require the yet to be introduced HDMI version 1.3 receivers).

Consider that an HTIB systems are not upgradeable.
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:29 AM   #5  
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I can only speak for the Onkyo setup as I have never heard the LG. I am very happy with my HT-S790. Great sound for music and especially SS. The sub rattles the walls and the highs/low are crisp. As I stated b4, this is the best bang for your buck in the HTIB gig IMO. The speakers are a bit lager than most HTIB setups, but it makes the sound. Wood instead of plastic makes the sound as well. I guess if you can get the LG from a place with a very good return policy, you can check the SQ out at the only place that really matters, your home. I understand that appearance does count in your SS system, but not at the sacrifice of SQ. My friends say, wow what an awesome looking TV. The PQ is incredible. But when they here the SS, they almost crap there pants and can't believe all that sound is coming from the "little" speakers. It is all relative I guess.
Bottom line. I would not buy a SS system based on reveiws and not my own ears.
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Glad to hear that you are enjoying the Onkyo HT-S790. I have seen comments from a number of others with this system who are also very happy with their choice, which is helpful in making my decision. Since I will be ordering this equipment online, I doubt that I will have the opportunity to try it out in my home and return it if I don't like it. Also, anything will sound better than what I have now, so the only real test would be to try out both systems in the home and then return one. So your input regarding the Onkyo system is very helpful. Thanks.

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Glad to hear that you are enjoying the Onkyo HT-S790. I have seen comments from a number of others with this system who are also very happy with their choice, which is helpful in making my decision. Since I will be ordering this equipment online, I doubt that I will have the opportunity to try it out in my home and return it if I don't like it. Also, anything will sound better than what I have now, so the only real test would be to try out both systems in the home and then return one. So your input regarding the Onkyo system is very helpful. Thanks.

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Thre whole point is what is good to you as far as sound? LG is Phillips (i think) and new stuff. I would go with tried and true. Polk/Infinity/ETC.
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If you got a CC near you, you can probably still check the Onkyo out there. If so, the have a very good return policy, so you can check it out in the home as well. I see it is onsale for $415 ($435 in store) Black/Silver.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo...oductDetail.do

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Bigloww,
Thanks for the idea of visiting a CC store. Will be near one in several days and will check that out. Also will print the online price since it is $50 cheaper than quoted in the store. Maybe they will do a price match. Otherwise, I can order it online.
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i have one advice, don't buy speakers made by electronics manufacturer they buy generic brand speakers and put their label on it, i recommended this set up for starters for HTIB system, this a bit more money but the quality is leap and bound better than HTIB.
for $50 more you will get best of both.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-SDy7c8e...0&I=108TSS450P
this is bargain for this reciever and is future proof for adding hd dvd or Bray player it has audio input for 5.1 analog coming out of HD DVD or Bray. and price is awsome for denon quality.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-SDy7c8e...0&I=033AVR1506
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I got the Onkyo, mainly b/c it did not come with the dvd player, this way when I get my big DLP, I can get a dvd player that upconverts!
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I got the Onkyo, mainly b/c it did not come with the dvd player, this way when I get my big DLP, I can get a dvd player that upconverts!
My son got the Onkyo, he already replaced the speakers that came with it! So good advice here.
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