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Well the only computer speakers I have found worthy of listening to in my experience with them was the EV sonic series which I doubt you can still find. I just looked to offer you a link but was unable to locate any. These was no frills powered 2.1 and 4.1 speaker sets for very reasonable prices and fabulous performance. If you truely enjoy music you might want to invest in individual components or sets of speakers. The great thing about speakers is they hold value and can last a very long time. Unfortunately A/V recievers do not hold these qualities as new codecs come out and most are incapable or unwilling to update older hardware.You also have issue in which the hardware itself becomes dated like HDMI standards or Cat5 ect.,.. I had some logitech speakers the z71 I believe they was, that I was not impressed with in the least maybe they have improved. With speakers like most equipment you get diminishing returns with the purchase price increase. You can get a quite capable set of speakers for 100 dollars that are 80%ish of what a 1000 dollar set would deliver. So keep that in mind depending on how picky you are and what type of sound you like. Good luck thumb.gif
    
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Anyone have anything similar to the Onkyo to recommend or maybe something at BestBuy that's close within my price range? Otherwise does anyone know any reliable online sites for audio equipment that have good prices?

 

I'd jump on the Onkyo if it were $40-50 off. Though that being said are there any Home Theater Sets with Player (DVD/Blu-Ray etc) combo's on any of those sites that are decent?

 

I just thought about it I haven't looked at Walmart or HH-Greg, or Target for HTiB again. Doing so now.

 

Also anyone know about my earlier question?

"Also my motherboard (ASUS P8P67 Pro) has the following for audio.

 

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Realtek® ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF out ports at back panel

 

This would allow me to connect to the optical in on a HTIB yes? (I don't know I've never had a use for optical output on anything but setting up my parents home theater) Anyone know if there is a switcher that'd allow me to have two devices using optical audio and it switches to whichever is actively putting out the signal. I have something similar that switches my parents HDTV from HDMI cable tv and HDMI for the PS3. If I turn the PS3 on it cuts off the signal from the cable box. etc. I'd use this if the device only has one optical audio in, as I believe the Onkyo does"

 

Oh yeah I also don't need 1000W I would think between 250-800 would be enough. Otherwise I might have some unhappy people lol.


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Actually astra would you mind checking out BestBuy's selection please and telling me if they have anything worthwhile? I think I saw three or four systems within my range although I haven't really checked into their speakers and receivers yet.


Best Buy doesn't even sell < $200 htibs. Maybe Costco will have something at your price range.
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Oh I know they don't so long as it's between 200-300 I might be able to manage something; only at BestBuy however. I'm going to go into the store I usually go to and try to snag someone; if more of the old people were there I'd be pretty sure I could get the Onkyo for $200 maybe less. As it is I should be able to get them to price match the Onkyo to Newegg's or something and maybe a little lower. Everywhere else it's still ~200

 

Also what is your opinion on models such as...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+5.1-Ch.+3D+Blu-ray+Home+Theater+System/2137177.p?id=1218310759026&skuId=2137177&st=Home%20Theater&cp=1&lp=5

 

http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6433198&CatId=5675

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-HT-D5300-3D-Wi-Fi-Ready-Home-Theater-System/16440068#rr <-- i know it's $239 pure example... maybe

 

Not nessacarily those but...


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HDMI 1.4a Support***** Fully integrated support for HDMI 1.4a including GPU accelerated Blu-ray 3D4 support, xvYCC, deep color, and 7.1 digital surround sound including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. Upgrade your GPU to full 3D capability with NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, enabling 3D gaming, picture viewing and 3D web video streaming. See www.nvidia.com/3dtv for more details.

 

From this I suppose I will only need to get another HDMI cable and an optical cable instead of two optical cables? I got to thinking about it outputting audio earlier so I looked into how many channels it could do.

     
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I thought 3d was 1.4b spec maybe Im wrong though... I know my sony reciever gathering dust was 1.4a and wouldnt pass through 3d
    
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Um but about the audio...

     
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Um but about the audio...

Well about the sound .. from what you said I dont think your passing through HDMI for sound? Which means the decoders for HD formats are useless. Should do as others have suggested and buy some used HTIB (wont describe what I think of them). Good luck you obviously got this under control thumb.gif
    
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Ok no what I was asking was if my GTX 460 would output 5.1-7.1 audio through the surround sound. This would allow me to wait a little longer to get another optical cable, I already need to get one and another HDMI plus the HTiB. Actually now I think about it (I'll need to investigate more) but the PS3 should be able to output surround sound from the HDMI as well, so maybe only an HDMI for the receiver?  Where did you see someone suggest a used HTiB, the closest I saw to that suggestion was Amazon. Anyways the Onkyo HT-SR3400 is fairly good if I'm able to pony up the $270 (after shipping) required from Newegg? Anyone know if it comes with wall mounts, I doubt it. If it doesn't anyone able to point me to a set that should work?


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Ok no what I was asking was if my GTX 460 would output 5.1-7.1 audio through the surround sound. This would allow me to wait a little longer to get another optical cable, I already need to get one and another HDMI plus the HTiB. Actually now I think about it (I'll need to investigate more) but the PS3 should be able to output surround sound from the HDMI as well, so maybe only an HDMI for the receiver?  Where did you see someone suggest a used HTiB, the closest I saw to that suggestion was Amazon. Anyways the Onkyo HT-SR3400 is fairly good if I'm able to pony up the $270 required from Newegg?

I didnt suspect I would post again but here goes hopefully its well recieved. The PS3 can output surround sound (5.1 or 7.1) from optical or hdmi. The newer PS3s can output HD sound formats through bit streaming. I am not familiar with that reciever or kit. Onkyo does make some good gear far as recievers I just looked at the kit you referred to which is not to bad. Will allow you to upgrade with better speakers if your not satisfied and most of that price is likely the amp/reciever.

My video card is a radeon but it does support sending audio out unencoded (Raw). I'm not sure how well Nvidia supports this feature but I would assume equally well. I can also change it so that my soundcard outputs the sound through the HDMI. But since the reciever is doing most of the work it's not necessary.
    
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