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Old 01-04-2008, 07:33 PM   #1  
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Question Buying Help for a new home theater

I am very new to home theaters and I do not know the technical details.

However, I would need some suggestion on setting up a home theater at my apartment.

The room I have has solid concrete walls that is rectangular 16 feet long and 14 feet wide. It would be good if I can have two speakers connected in the bed room while listening to music.

I have already purchased a Sony LCD 32" U series that supports 720p display

I also purchased a Toshiba HD-A35 Player which is very good. I am satisfied with the TV and HD Player.

For the time being I purchased a 200$ Philips home theater which has very poor video and sound. I am planning to replace it with a better quality receiver or complete home theater which could perform for another 2-3 years in 5.1 or 7.1 configurations. I already have had demonstrations at different stores but I didnt like the quality from Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Samsung, LG, Pioneer and Philips. Poor video and voice most of them.

I read the reviews and all but I am not technically good with what would sound better for my DVD, HD movies and Mp3 songs. I do understand the quality of sound once I listen. For Example I can understand if I hear the same sound on Yamaha, it is better than Sony or Philips.

Please suggest me any of the following I have been doing research on based on my budget. I hear about THX a lot, let me know if it really does matter for good sound experience.

1. Denon DHT-588BA: ** NEW ** A/V Receiver & 5.1 Speaker Package (Boston Acoustics Speakers)
2. Denon DHT-488BA: ** NEW ** A/V Receiver & 5.1 Speaker Package (Boston Acoustics Speakers)
3. Onkyo HT-S990THX (It does not have HDMI, but you could suggest one THX certified with HDMI) I usually connect through component (red, blue, green)
4. Yamaha YHT-185
5. Yamaha YHT-175

Your support shall be appreciated.
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what budget are you working with? Me recommendation to anyone wishing to enjoy HD to it's fullest is to budget the same for your audio as your video. For meself, Onkyo coupled with B&W speakers tickle me ears to orgasm! Onkyo, Yamaha and Denon all make quality recievers at a decent price. For speakers - B&W - Paradigm - Klipsch to name a few that will please the ears. Bose speakers work for some, but IMO, are way overpriced and have not kept up with technology.
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Thanks for your response.

I am really not technically good to understand how and what I should buy to cover my requriements. I can spend around 2,700$

Although B&W are very good, I dont know which series is good for me and they are very expensive.

If I get the speakers separate from the AV receiver. Will I need amplifier and equalizer or anything additional. Only thing I have now is a LCD TV and Toshiba HD player.
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Thanks for your response.

I am really not technically good to understand how and what I should buy to cover my requriements. I can spend around 2,700$

Although B&W are very good, I dont know which series is good for me and they are very expensive.

If I get the speakers separate from the AV receiver. Will I need amplifier and equalizer or anything additional. Only thing I have now is a LCD TV and Toshiba HD player.
How large a room are you trying to fill and is this system strictly for movies or also for games and tv or music?

The Onkyo, Yamaha, or Denon recc'd earlier make sense to me and as for your speaker setup, you'll definitely get the best audio buying everything separate but it's more expensive that way.

Klipsch(what I have), KEF, Polk, and Boston Acoustic are great sounding speaker for reasonable price compared to the BWs. Spend most of your money on a good center and woofer. The satellites are more often filler unless it's 4.1 encoded or higher content you are listening to. I'd also recommend voltage regulator on a separate circuit suppling your amp/s and at least 16 gauge speaker wire. In an audio system your weakest link is noticeable.

Bose are ok if you want mini speakers but anything with high end sound from other audio brands will probably cost 1/2 as much and work better with non Bose products.

Definitely bring a cd you know and love to a store and demo some speakers. The amp is probably the last thing you can decide on after you've choosen what else you want in your system as that often determines what amp/receiver you'll need.

If you want to learn more about audio and have control in the future I'd recommend setting up your own system once you buy it. If you want quick hassle free sound and don't mind paying for it- most retailers offer installation and it can definitely be worth it if you don't like laying out wire and reading manuals for the few hours that it'll likely take to set up a nice system for the first time.
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The room is a medium sized one i.e. 16feet in length and 14feet in width. I want to watch DVD, HD DVD and play music.

So how much would these B&W usually cost. I noticed a 630 theatre package on their site.

Will I really be needing amplifier or just a good A/V receiver?

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:30 AM   #6  
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I think Paradigm Cinema™ 110 CT System will be affordable for me! Can you recommend what else I need as an A/V receiver. Is it required to have an amplifier or only A/V receiver would do the job?

I am considering Denon or Onkyo.

Please advise.
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:24 PM   #7  
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I purchased the Onkyo HT-S990THX that you mentioned about 3 weeks ago, and have now come to fully experience what it can do. It is a wonderful piece of equipment that is worth the money, really nice work! The system itself is a true 7.1 sound, which works both well with movies and music. I am not an audio addict, but I like a strong system.
THX is as good as in any movie theater. If you are looking for sound quality instead of looks, i think this is the way to go.
It doesnt have HDMI.

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