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Old 12-16-02, 02:16 PM
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Sound System Recommendations for Xbox & PS2

Forgive me if this has been asked before. I did a search and could not find anything. I have both a ps2 and xbox. I would like to get a dts / dd sound for these guys. What would be the most economial approach for this. I was thinking about picking about one of those home theatre in a box sets. The room is pretty small that the consoles are in. Basically I need at least one opitical inputs, decoder, amp, and speakers.

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Old 12-16-02, 02:22 PM
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Best bet is to buy a mid range receiver from best buy or circuit city (assuming you're not an audiophile) and a mid range speaker's only home theater in a box set.

That way you'll have a decent receiver, and ok speakers for a small room, and will have the option to make a better system by upgrading the speakers in the future (i.e. by a good center, save more money, buy good fronts, etc.). With a total home theater in a box system you're stuck with a medicore or crappy receiver that would need upgraded if you ever wanted better sound.

I've had a Sony STR-DE835 receiver and Sony SA-VE315 speaker set (as well as a couple crappy old, bigger front left and right that I use for music as the little satellites really only sound good with movies and games) for a couple years, and I couldn't be more pleased. It's a perfect setup for apartment living, and the receiver is pretty decent so when I get a house and a bigger living room I can just upgrade the speakers.
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I would recommend buy the best reciever you can afford. Buy a speaker box set and you can upgrade latter.

The Onkyo in my Sig is a good entry level receiver that you can get at CC. The Sony Subwoofer in my Sig is a good sub for a good price at BB.
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Old 12-17-02, 01:40 AM
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I don't know about buying the best receiver you can afford. Speakers don't really ever need to be upgraded if you buy good ones up front (unless 6.1 or 7.1 really becomes a necessity) but receivers change a lot more. I would say split it down the middle evenly.

Of course I don't own any surround sound pieces because I am broke, and trying not to get in debt at the moment, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
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Old 12-17-02, 12:29 PM
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I would focus on a better set of L, C, and R front speakers. THen make sure to get a decent sub. The sub makes the games a lot more fun.

Receiver and rears are secondary.
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Old 12-17-02, 12:55 PM
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If this is just for gaming and your HT is already set up, look for something like the Logictech Z560,

Here is the Klipsch THX 4.1 at Circuit City for $150 with free shipping (after rebate), which you could still use the MSN dollars on

I, personally, use the Altec 641 speaker system. These keep you from needing to buy a receiver, and the full set up costs about as much as a receiver. The bass on these are incredible (usually below 30 hz) and they are self powered.

You won't miss the middle speaker ( I don't anyway) for gaming as much as you would for movies. My regular system is a Boston Acoustic THX system, and these are just a notch below them.
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Old 12-17-02, 01:14 PM
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I have an Xbox and PS2, and I recently bought a surround system just for games. Prior to my purchase I had nothing - just the speakers built into my TV. I watch DVD's maybe 2-3 times a month and listen to music only in the car and while working out, so my sound system really is only for gaming. I also don't have cable, so my TV is used only for watching a few network shows and the news.

With that in mind, I spent $1400 for my receiver, speakers, speaker stands, and cables at a local audio store: Yamaha RXV-530 receiver, 4 Paradigm Atoms for the front and back, Paradigm CC-170 for the center, and Paradigm PDR-10 for the sub.

Personally I don't think the home-theater-in-a-box packages at Best Buy & Circuity City are worth getting. Instead of spending several hundred dollars for a bad system, if you are short on cash and really want surround sound, buy a $100 made-for-gaming surround system like the ones kvrdave suggested in the previous post. Then save your money and jump to a decent low-end system like mine. I really don't think it's worth spending any less than $1000 on a surround setup. Your ears will thank you.
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Old 12-17-02, 03:56 PM
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I spent around $600 on my surround sound set up and I'm completely happy.

If your not an audiphile, there's no reason to spend A$1000 plus. Most people just want a decent sounding surround experience and aren't going to notice all the little nit picky things an audiophile will bitch about in a cheaper set up.

There's even less reason to spend that much if you have a small room, and even more so if you live in an apartment and can't play stuff super loud anyway.

I still say get a decent receiver, and worry about upgrading speakers later if you're short on cash. Good speakers are more expensive than a decent receiver.

Receiver's do change more, but it's usually minor updates like Dolby EX that aren't used all that much anyway.

So if you have the money, get a good receiver and good speakers, if you're on a tight budget, go for a decent receiver and mediocre speakers IMO. Best bet is too just listen to some setups in stores and see what sounds good to you.
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