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Old 01-24-02, 02:53 PM
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Putting together a new system

Well I had my old system stolen from my dorm room over Christmas break, and I should be getting my check form the insurance company within a few days. Here's what I'm looking at
TV-I already purchased a Sony 27" Trinitron to replace the stolen 20" Wega
Reciever-Onkyo TXDS-494(to replace my stolen 484)
Main Speakers-I'm thinking about the Sony SSM-F400H floorstanding speakers. My friend has some similiar ones and they sound nice to me. I plan on auditioning them first though.
Sub-Not too sure but I'm thinking about the Yamaha YST-SW105 to replace my stolen 8" woofer. I was contemplating the Sony 12" but in the end I think it's just too large for my room(about 220 sq feet) and since it is a dorm room it may perhaps be too loud. I would think about a 10" though.
Center-Sony 2 Way center CN495H(assuming I get the sony mains I'd want a well matched center)
Surrounds-I still have my two surrounds at home(we had been using my roommates surrounds so mine were not in the room and thus were not stolen).
Any comments? I'm on a tight budget but I think this will do nicely. Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-25-02, 04:12 AM
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The Onkyo receiver is an excellent choice.

I would recommend avoiding Sony speakers if at all possible. What is your budget for speakers? I recommend bookshelf speakers unless you can afford $400+ a pair for a nice sets of floorstanders. It sounds like you only need two mains, a center and a sub.
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Old 01-25-02, 01:12 PM
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My budget is tight. I've got $1537 from the insurance company to replace alot of stuff(TV, computer monitor, center speaker, front speakers, cd player, reciever and computer monitor). If I see something today at Tweeter, Circuit City of Best Buy that is a bit out of my price range but sounds good I'll just pay for the difference out of pocket. I do want to audition the Sony speakers though as they may be ok for my needs. Over the summer I was using 5 small two way speakers that came in my Onkyo Home Theater in a Box package. They lacked a bit of treble but mated with the Onkyo 484 they sounded good. This semester we had been using my roommate's JBL floorstanding speakers but those got stolen. I figure I'll bring up my two speakers that were at home and use those are surrounds and just get new mains. Hopefully I'll find something that my ear likes.
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Old 01-25-02, 06:21 PM
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Ok so I went out and bought some stuff
Onkyo TXDS-494
Sony CD Player with optical out
Yamaha YST-SW105 sub
Polk Audio RT35i bookshelf speakers
I still need to get some speaker stands(the idiot sales guy sold me ones that were made for tiny surround speakers not large bookshelf speakers) as well as a center. I noticed the only Polk center was ~200 which is a bit steep. Can someone reccomend a center channel speaker that will blend well with the Polk speakers I bought(perhaps made by a different manufacturer?). I'm gonna stop by home tomorrow and pick up my surround speakers and my roommate is brining up his center so we'll be set for a while until I can find an adequate center. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 01-25-02, 08:43 PM
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If you can, you should check out the PSB Alpha Center...I have it and love it. I think it might go well with your Polks...if it's possible, visit a local Best Buy or Good Guys or Circuit City to see.

This online store has a sale on them, $129 (this is where I bought it from)...

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