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I'm thinking about upgrading my current audio setup (Logitech Z-680s and a Sound Blaster ZXR (which I got for only 150 from Microcenter b/c they were out of the Z series) to a speaker system with improved sound quality.

I really like the ZXR overall, particularly compared with the onboard audio, so I would like to be able to connect it to my new speakers.


I don't see anything good from Logitech (Z906s, their newest in the Z series, don't seem that great), so I am thinking about going the non-PC speaker route.


I am initially focusing on HTIB because of price but ALSO because (from what I can see so far), the HTIB systems tend to have the optical and analog as well as HDMI connections on the receivers that the separate receivers on non-HTIB systems DON'T seem to have.

Is this valid?

My budget for the entire speaker + receiver setup needs to be about 400 or less, and I'm initially looking at these three systems based on Newegg reviews:



ONKYO HT-S3500 5.1-Channel Home Theater System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120200


YAMAHA YHT-497BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1J70M02940


SONY DAV-DZ170 BRAVIA Theater System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0ZX0TM5775



Any thoughts about this approach and possible speaker systems to look at (again, must be 5.1 with receiver for under 400)?
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Getting the Energy Classic 5.1 speaker set and a receiver would put you far ahead of HTiB.

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=lp_3025451_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1375764510&sr=1-3
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That is something I've looked at, but it looks like most receivers are 1-200 dollars at a minimum ... and the Take Classics at 400 are already at my preferred max budget.

It might be something I would consider ... however do you know of any receivers that are decent at 1-200 and also would have optical, HDMI, and analog inputs? I can look myself of course but just curious if you know of anything along those lines for 1-200 (preferably 100)


Are the Take Classics really going to be that much better than a HTIB, even with a 1-200 dollar receiver?
Edited by Robertdt - 8/5/13 at 11:37pm
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For sound quality, you usually want to spend about 3-5 times as much on the speakers as the electronics. Getting over the low budget hurdle is the biggest issue to this though. True high fidelity speakers tend to start around the $800/pair mark, but there is a lot of difference in sound quality between the various budget speakers sets and usually the HTiB put all of their value into the receiver and just toss in some poor speakers.

As for getting a decent receiver for under $200, by far your best option would be to get a used one that is normally higher priced or a discounted floor model or something. Doing a quick search pulled up the following, but I don't know anything about these models:

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR313-5-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B0077V8930/ref=lp_281053_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1375800753&sr=1-7

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V375-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B00B981F38/ref=lp_281053_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1375800753&sr=1-9

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-822-K-5-Channel-Receiver-Network/dp/B007O5ATM8/ref=lp_14269301_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1375800987&sr=1-5


Also, it's quite often that my local audio dealer sells products for somewhat significantly cheaper than Amazon has them, but I don't know what options you have around your area. Generally, the big electronics stores like American or Best Buy overprice everything and are therefore higher than Amazon.
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