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what home theater system to buy?

Old 01-09-02, 01:30 PM
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what home theater system to buy?

Hello,

Few weeks ago I purchased DVD player (Apex AD-600A) and now want to purchase home theater system. My friend recomended me to purchase speakers separetly from receiver. I don't know if I will able to find something good. I have around $500 for this "project". What would you recomend to purchase? I want 5.1 Surround, DTS..

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Old 01-09-02, 01:58 PM
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For that price there are several home-theater-in-a-box combos from Sony, JVC, Panasonic and Pioneer etc. Since you already have a DVD player, it may be tough to get just a receiver and speakers for that amount.

Here is an example

http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...HTD510&o=P&a=0

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Old 01-09-02, 02:22 PM
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I'd take a look at the Kenwood HTB-504 home theater system.
http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=kenhtb504

Here are a couple reviews and some user opinions on it(some are for the older htb-503):
http://www.hometheatermag.com/showarchives.cgi?93:1
http://www.hometheatermag.com/printarchives.cgi?38
http://www.audioreview.com/reviews/h...ct_50649.shtml
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Old 01-09-02, 03:08 PM
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Good sound CAN be had for under 500

Ahh, the question of the week, and one of my favorite soapbox issues.

First of all, I am not to keen on HTIAB setups, because with some bargain-hunting they're always inferior to separates that you find at a discount.

Secondly, I am also not to keen on inexpensive mass-market Japaneese receivers as they generally employ low current amplifier-on-a-chip architecture which is bad for sound. Discrete output transistors are superior, as is high current amplifier design. A high current 40w/ch amp will sound better than and play nearly as loud as a 100w/ch cheapie amp. Period.

Finally, HTIAB setups almost always skimp the most on speakers which are the soul of sound. Spend more money on speakers and you can not go wrong.

With all this said, what if anything can you get for under $500? A lot...

Receiver: harman/kardon AVR110-Z, I own one and like it a lot, available at www.harmanaudio.com for $280

Speakers: HTD Level One 5.1 steup including sub $150 at http://store.yahoo.com/htd/levelone51set.html
or
harman/kardon HKTS1 including sub $278 at http://www.harmanaudio.com/search_br...alNumber=HKTS1

For the person who can't resist the HTIAB idea, return your DVD player for a refund and get this fine JBL setup for $698: http://www.harmanaudio.com/search_br...MAPROPACK600-Z
 

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