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Old 11-23-04, 05:34 PM
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How Does This Look For A First Time Home Theater System?

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Sony 6 spkr. Home Theater System, 420 watts

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Digital input for connections to digital cable or satellite boxes, HDTV set top boxes

Digital input for connections to gaming systems that have optical output

Magnetically shielded speakers for home theater use

Bass reflex enclosure provides strong bass reproduction
Tuner with 20 FM + 10 AM station presets

Remote controller controls your entire entertainment system


Its only $200 and thats what i wanna spend tops, for right now. Would it be a big difference, then just the stereo tv? Is 420 Watts total much? Is there anything like this, thats better for $200? PLMK your input, thnx
Old 11-23-04, 05:37 PM
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Also, does every speaker need to be plugged into the reciever for this home theater system? I dont wanna have cords everywhere..
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I would recommend picking up an entry level Onkyo receive from cricuit city. IMO they are far better quality entry llevel receiver than any entry level receiver offered by Sony.

Dont be obsessed with the wattage. Usually HTIB kits are not the best way to go, except for price
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Try this out for the Onkyo receiver:
http://www.ecost.com/ecost/ecsplash/...sp?dpno=476907

The price is actually $164 once you click the buy now button.

I'd recommend some JBL N24 speakers but they are fairly pricey. The sony speakers are going to sound muddy. The quality is just not there. You would want to replace them after having them for a while so if it's possible save up some more money and get some decent speakers. Just my opinion.

Here's an entire set of JBLs for $176:
http://www.electronics-expo.com/prod...6SI&zipz=11001

That's the best deal for a decent system.

PS: You may want to read thru his thread, it talks about the pitfalls of the Sony system:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=395730

If you really want to get that system Circuit City has a better deal, $179:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-...oductDetail.do

Good luck either way.

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I concur with the entry level Onkyo. If you could increase your budget to $500 I would go with the 770.
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I disagree with all of your opinions thus far.

Not a knock on the original poster, but he wasn't even sure if he had to plug all the speakers in(yes you do by the way), so I don't think he's looking for anything that's really advanced.
The HTIAB are NOT bad choices, I had one (Kenwood HTB 50something) for over a year. I was very ahppy with it, and if I hadn't become more interested, I would never have upgraded to what I have now.

I think a HTIAB would be the perfect choice for someone like the OP.
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I disagree with all of your opinions thus far.

I think a HTIAB would be the perfect choice for someone like the OP.

Agreed.

kornboy listed his max at $200, so asking him to bump up to $500 is quite a leap. No matter what type of electronics you buy, there will always something 'better' for double the price.
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Originally posted by kornboy
Also, does every speaker need to be plugged into the reciever for this home theater system? I dont wanna have cords everywhere..
Only the ones you want sound to come out of!
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Originally posted by shelland
Only the ones you want sound to come out of!

I think the OP is about to learn a rough lesson in cable management.
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I know, im dumb, lol, im new to all this, i just thought the speakers would read off the reciever, so you wouldnt need to plug in each speaker, my bad, i know now, lol..
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Nah, you need wires in all of them. You learn to be pretty tricky with hiding them though.

I ran the rear speaker wires 16 feet out of their way just so they'd be hidden

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