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Hey guys,

One of my friends is wanting to buy a set of 5.1 speakers for his new home theatre and wanted to know which of these is better in terms of quality? He only really cares about movies, there won't be much music listened to. I know the ones I have posted below are fairly low end but are as much as he wants to pay for now

Jamo 5.1 S426-HCS5
- Fronts: S426
- Centre: S420CEN
- Surrounds: S420SUR
- Sub: Sub200

Onkyo 5.1
- Fronts: SKF-4800
- Centre: SKF-4800
- Surrounds: SKF-4800
- Sub: SKW-770

Thanks for any help!

Btw his receiver is an Onkyo, does that make a difference at all?
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post #2 of 18
I know at the lower end Onkyo's speakers aren't that great. I almost bought a 5.1 Jamo set though but it was just a little too expensive. I really like Onkyo's receivers though, I have the RC-260 and my next receiver will likely be an Onkyo as well.

Why limit to those two brands though? Has he considered Klipsch, Polk Audio or any other brands?
    
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post #3 of 18
What is his budget?

and like Skatingrocker said why no other brands.

If his budget is sub 400 i would recommend these hands down

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/544231343/jamo-s606hcs3

I personally have heard a pair (at my gf's moms house).

the Bass is quite good if he needs a little extra he could get a sub.
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Jamo is owned by Klipsch, we have a jamo a102 5.1 setup in the basement and its sounds vary good connected to a pioneer amp. My Polk setup (bi-amped monitor 60 for front, cs1 for the center, monitor 30 for rear, psw101 as the sub, Yamaha HTR5063) is by far more impressive. But the Jamo sounds just like by friends Bose 5.1 setup, just not as bass heavy, so that should say something about the quality.
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Jamo is owned by Klipsch, we have a jamo a102 5.1 setup in the basement and its sounds vary good connected to a pioneer amp. My Polk setup (bi-amped monitor 60 for front, cs1 for the center, monitor 30 for rear, psw101 as the sub) is by far more impressive. But the Jamo sounds just like by friends Bose 5.1 setup, just not as bass heavy, so that should say something about the quality.

Your second setup sounds like mine. I have Polk monitor 40s in the front, a CS10 in the front, Boston HD5s in the rear and a Polk PSW10 sub.
    
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He's limited it to those two just because they're on sale at the moment, $888NZ for the Jamos and $800NZ for the Onkyos

So did you guys think that the Jamos are the better option? The fronts on that set are 100mm smaller in width and depth than the Onkyos too which is good for him as he has doesn't have much room either side of the TV
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He's limited it to those two just because they're on sale at the moment, $888NZ for the Jamos and $800NZ for the Onkyos
So did you guys think that the Jamos are the better option? The fronts on that set are 100mm smaller in width and depth than the Onkyos too which is good for him as he has doesn't have much room either side of the TV

Do you any links to the speakers?
    
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I would probably get the Jamos. I'm not a home theater expert but I would say I'm FAIRLY knowledgeable. I haven't heard that Onkyo makes very good speakers (I'm referring to the low-mid end sets) but Klipsch makes Jamo and Klipsch makes some of the best speakers so I'd get the Jamos for that reason personally.
    
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Okay cool! We got out the tape measure and it turns out that the onkyos won't actually fit anyway

Gonna go have a listen and then hopefully he'll buy them this morning
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