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Old 04-11-2008, 03:19 PM   #1  
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Hey guys I am planning to get my own home theatre system, I am really new at this but from what I read, and researched, i decided to get the following...


TX-SR605 with Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Entertainment System.

Is this a good combination? I am not much of an audiophile but I would appreciate to have good quality sound from my movies, games and music without spending alot of cash.

Should i spend a little extra on the TX-SR705 instead? I hear its worth the extra money, Ill get whatever thats Under $1500

if you guys got better combination such as better speakers, please tell me lol.

also I am having a problem finding these things in a store...
they don't have any of these in futureshop or bestbuy, does anyone know a local retail store that sells these in Toronto?
I cannot buy online so lol

thanks in advance.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:12 PM   #2  
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I have two sets of Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Entertainment System. One in my theater room in the basement and one in the living room setup. They are both outstanding. The are the best surround sound speakers for under $1000 and have been for years. I have them hooked up to Sony and Denon receivers so I can't comment on the receivers, but those are the best speakers to get.
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good combination. Energy are good speakers.
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From the reports I have seen including a friend that went AVR shopping recently, the 705 is better than the 605 and well worth the extra $$. IMO, spend what you can afford on the AVR, it's the "brains/orchestra leader/heart" of any HT system.

Here is a side by side comparison of the 2 receivers, The extra HDMI input on the 705 is a big plus as well!

I can't comment on your speakers but from the other responses, they are good ones.
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From the reports I have seen including a friend that went AVR shopping recently, the 705 is better than the 605 and well worth the extra $$. IMO, spend what you can afford on the AVR, it's the "brains/orchestra leader/heart" of any HT system.

Here is a side by side comparison of the 2 receivers, The extra HDMI input on the 705 is a big plus as well!

I can't comment on your speakers but from the other responses, they are good ones.
I've been looking at those two receivers as well. I believe the 705 also has an internal fan for active cooling that the 605 doesn't (Not sure, but it would be a plus IMO)
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I've been looking at those two receivers as well. I believe the 705 also has an internal fan for active cooling that the 605 doesn't (Not sure, but it would be a plus IMO)
Great point! The Onkyo's do run hot. The thing you have to know is that the receiver needs to be in open air or at the very least, not other component stacked on top. I used to have a TXSR787 and it ran very warm. I had a DVD player on top of it and the DVD player would shut off. I rearranged my components, put the Onkyo at the top of the rack and th eproblem went away.
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I did a brief review of that exact matchup here:
http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=68897
I'm past the 50hr break in period on the speakers and it only keeps getting better and better. The setup on the speakers was easy as well as running in all my inputs and getting to out to the TV.

The remote for the 605 is quite functional as well. I was able to map my Samsung TV to it and now instead of having a remote out for the TV and the AVR I am able to control it all off the AVR Remote.

IMO the 705 is not necessary for this setup. The 605 has enough power as well as 2 HMDI in and 1 HDMI out.

If you're in Toronto check out the Energy Website and find an authorized dealer in the area. You'll most likely find a mom and pop type shop that will be way more knowledgable and have a good demo of the units set up for you to audition. I got mine at Krazy Krazy in Manitoba if you have one of those around.

These are good for movies, good for games, and great for music. Good luck in your decision.
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P.S. I want to put this heat debate to bed once and for all.
I have the Onkyo 605 and it runs in the same amount of space that I have for my PS3. There is about 2 inches of free space above the AVR that allows for airflow.

My 605 is on constantly when I am at home because I am always listening to music or watching tv, etc except for when I am sleeping.

Occasionally I will watch an HD movie with the PS3 or play some games on it.

The PS3 runs way hotter and puts out much more hot air than the AVR. After a couple of hours watching Hitman movie one night I put my hand over the PS3 and was amazed at how hot the space was.
Then I put my hand over the AVR and it was very cool by comparison.
I am not in the least bit worried about over-heating on the Onkyo 605.

There you have it.

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looks like bestbuy and futureshop don't carry onkyo avr around, anyone know a good local store? i already found the speakers but not the recievers!
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AVS Forums has some recommendations for places in Toronto to get a receiver.

Not sure if it's cool for me to link to their site though. Go over there and do a search for "Where to buy onkyo in canada?" and it should pop right up. Don't ask me to link their forum cause highdef won't let me.

P.S. Once you get it all bought and set up, I'd like to hear your review on how well they work together.
Also, have you decided on the 705 or the 605?
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AVS Forums has some recommendations for places in Toronto to get a receiver.

Not sure if it's cool for me to link to their site though. Go over there and do a search for "Where to buy onkyo in canada?" and it should pop right up. Don't ask me to link their forum cause highdef won't let me.

P.S. Once you get it all bought and set up, I'd like to hear your review on how well they work together.
Also, have you decided on the 705 or the 605?
most likely 605, my parents are buying the sony 46 inch bravia xbr4 and im like

does the speaker deliver THEATRE quality sound? I really would want that to go with the XBR4 the crazy expensive lcd tv.
im pretty much new to this stuff so would you mind next week once i get all the stuff help me connect? Just the tv, speaker, dvd, and ps3, thats all.
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Haha dude no offence but RTFM (Read the manual). It should be able to explain everything just as well as any of us could plus it will help you configure this stuff.

My biggest beef with the whole setup is that the powered sub with the take classic system is only 8 inches. I would have prefered a 10 inch sub and it would have delivered a bigger "boom".
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thanks reevers im going to check out audio empire its closer to me and i hear they have great prices.

I just hope these speakers are good enough
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There are many advantages of the 705 vs. the 605. Here are a few - The 705 has better (Cirrus Logic) audio DAC's, more power, THX select 2, Audssey MultiEQ XT vs. Audssey 2 EQ, 3 HDMI inputs vs. 2, better AV sync (250ms vs. 100 ms), more AV inputs and outputs.

As for a speaker system, if you can afford it, the Paradigm Atom Monitor system would make you think everything else you hear comes from an AM radio. The set is a little pricey for your budget though as they are about $1500. Here is a link to a review if you are interested - http://magazine.playbackmag.net/play...pm=1&u1=friend
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What size room are is this going in? Room dimensions would help also..

Reason I ask is even though the Enegy Take Classic is an amazing SAT sytem, it is just that a SAT system... In all the reviews that is the one catch with any good/great Satellite speaker system is they are good but it depends on the size of the room. If this is going in an open area like a Living room it may not sound as you hope it would, if this is going in a more enclosed room like a bedroom theater/den room than yeah this system should be among the top of the list..

Taken from AudioHolics.com this is some of the pros and cons and also the conclusion.. Now I am not bashing this set and neither are they as they loved this system for what it is and highly recomend it..
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...classic-review

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This system blows away everything else I have heard in its class, especially when you consider price. If you are planning on spending around $500 on a satellite speaker system, you have to consider the Energy Take Classic system. As is the case with any satellite system incorporating small speakers and a compact subwoofer, you will not get a monstrous soundstage that shakes the walls of your house and is capable of handling reference levels when watching action flicks. But for most movies and especially music, this system will outperform most comparable options on the market.


Pros
Aggressive, value pricing
Very musical tonal balance
Compact size allows flexible mounting options

Cons
Satellite system is limited by its size
Small speakers were easy to overdrive at higher volumes
Mini binding posts won't accommodate larger gauge speaker wire
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