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Old 01-27-02, 05:16 AM
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Help! A Home Theater Beginner.

Hi.

I wanna have ~$1000 home theater system.
Here is my solution from a friend of mine.

speaker: bose acoustimass 6 II (~$549)
receiver: onkyo tx-ds494 (~$290)
DVD: JVC XV-S60BK (~$205)

do you have any better suggestions?

Does that combination have any problem with Dolby-Digital, DTS decoding and so on? (Like built-in decoder...)
I am a beginner so, ...

Thanks a lot for any advice!!!

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Old 01-27-02, 09:44 AM
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skip the Bose speaker system.
I'd recommend looking into the PSB Alpha line. You should be able to put together a complete 5 channel setup for the same money (or less) than the Bose...and you'll be getting MUCH better sound quality (IMO)

If you have a DD/DTS capable receiver...which the mentioned Onkyo is, you don't need a decoder built into your player.
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Old 01-27-02, 10:27 AM
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Andrew,

I agree skip the Bose speakers.

Panasonic makes a decent Progressive Scan DVD palyer for under $250

Any Dolby Digital / DTS receiver from a decent name manfacturer will be fine: Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha, and Harman Kardon are always good choices. Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, Panasonic/Technics, and JVC are alright but you can usually get better quaility for the same money - just fewer features.
$300 will get you a decent receiver.

JBL NSP-1 is a decent 5 speaker set for around $300

Sony makes a good subwoofer for around $200

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me and I can be more specific: [email protected]

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Old 01-27-02, 12:23 PM
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Originally posted by edclem
skip the Bose speaker system.
I'd recommend looking into the PSB Alpha line. You should be able to put together a complete 5 channel setup for the same money (or less) than the Bose...and you'll be getting MUCH better sound quality (IMO)

If you have a DD/DTS capable receiver...which the mentioned Onkyo is, you don't need a decoder built into your player.
Agreed...$1000 was actually the budget I set for myself. I bought:

Onkyo 595 - $350
PSB Alpha A/V x 4 - $320
PSB Alpha Center - $130
Sony SA-WM40 - $150

Plus some extras for shipping and handling, then I spent an extra $150 for Monster cables...but sounds GREAT.
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Old 01-27-02, 05:07 PM
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I would get the Onkyo 494 and entry level speakers from a company like PSB, Paradigm, Energy, or JBL. The Sony WM-40 is a nice sub for a great price.

If you don't have a digital TV, a $150 dvd player from Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba, or Sony should suit your needs just fine.
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Old 01-27-02, 07:40 PM
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I would go with the Onkyo receiver,
Get a Panasonic DVD rather than the JVC,
and anything other than Bose...what about Energy?
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