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Old 03-07-2008, 02:53 AM   #1  
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Ok, I currently have a Sony HT-DDW740 home theater system. I want to upgrade to a system that is a little louder and sounds at least as good. My price range is about $500-600.
Here's what I need to connect:
PS3-HDMI
Xbox 360-HDMI
Cable-HDMI
DVD-Component
Wii-Component
PS2- Component
VHS- Composite

I already have a component switch with 3 inputs.
I will probably have to buy an HDMI switch.

I want the sound to run through my surround sound and my tv.(since i don't always use surround sound) My room fits 5.1 perfect so i don't need the 2 additional speakers.

What system do you reccomend i get?
What accessories do i need?

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What you need is a receiver that can handle all of your devices without the switches and I recommend this - http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html You can use the speakers that came with your other system for now and upgrade them at a later time. I believe this would serve your needs best now and in the near future.
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What you need is a receiver that can handle all of your devices without the switches and I recommend this - http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html You can use the speakers that came with your other system for now and upgrade them at a later time. I believe this would serve your needs best now and in the near future.
I think that is a great solution, Loves2! In his price range and a great receiver in his price range. I recommended the 705 to a friend with a PS3, he went to CC to test drive one, came home with the 805 and a Polk speaker setup! He loves his HT now.

Agreed on the speaker thing... save some money and get a matching set such as Polk or whichever his ears like best. I used Polk Audio speakers with my old Onkyo set.. loved them!
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does this receiver have audio pass through for hdmi?
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It receives and decodes (if necessary) audio through HDMI.
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ok good, so that will give me sound on my surround sound and tv. do you think the 805 is worth the extra 100 and why?


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ok good, so that will give me sound on my surround sound and tv. do you think the 805 is worth the extra 100 and why?


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If you can get to a CircuitCity, go there and listen to both, put them through their paces, maybe even take your favorite DVD with you (be sure to let them know when you go in that you have YOUR DVD with you).

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The 805 has 30 more watts per channel, one extra S-video input, slightly better THD (Total Harmonic Distortion). The 805 is bigger but is that all worth 100$ more? I would buy the 705, if it was me. 100$ is 100$!!
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Here is a chart for comparison - http://img187.imageshack.us/my.php?image=image02vm9.jpg The 805 has more power, better audio DAC's, an upgraded THX certification, and a better amplification stage (push-pull). If that is worth the extra expense to you then go for it.

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What speakers would you reccommend for the 805 at a reasonable price?
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What speakers would you reccommend for the 805 at a reasonable price?
Define ''reasonable price". Here a re a couple nice sets for around $200-$250. I heard the Polks in action and they sound good (especially for the price)..The sub is pretty good, but just a tad under powered for me. But good sound.


http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Cha...5004604&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Home-...5004604&sr=8-7


If you can afford it around $700, these would fit very nice with your 805. A great receiver deserves great speakers. The Klipsch Synergy Quintet II Home Theater Speaker System with the Synergy KSW-12 Subwoofer is a great little package for around $650. Now taht is 1 thumpin sub..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...6KB2B0007VZUGQ
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The best recommendation I or anyone else can make when it comes to speakers is for you to go to a local A/V store and audition some. I prefer Paradigm speakers but there are many very good brands of speakers available.
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The best recommendation I or anyone else can make when it comes to speakers is for you to go to a local A/V store and audition some. I prefer Paradigm speakers but there are many very good brands of speakers available.
That is absolutely the best advice for anyone!!

CC has a decent listening room. You can try many variations. If you are on a limited budget, my advice is tto spend more on the center channel since it does the most work in a home theater system. If you need to buy pairs at a time, then do it in sets.. center and sub, fronts, then surrounds. Speakers are a place too many people try and save money on but they are really the blood of your system. It took me many years to build up to the system I have now. My old Onkyo and Polks lasted me quite a while. I really liek the polks matched up with Onkyo. Too bad you don't live near me, I have a pair of Polk main towers just gathering dust in my garage. Here's what they are, in black
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does anyone think
JBL SCS500.5
would go well with the onkyo 850?
They sound good at best buy.
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does anyone think
JBL SCS500.5
would go well with the onkyo 850?
They sound good at best buy.
The reviews on the JBLs look pretty good.
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the only problem with them that i have is i'd like two big speakers, the ones i have right now i lay things on, any suggestions?
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