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This has to deal more so with my home theater-to-be, but in anticipation of MGS4, I was looking into audio options for my home theater. I have some speakers, but wouldn't mind getting new ones if they're good enough, and I need a good receiver.

I'd like the best of the best, and some priceerformance suggestions.
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So you're looking for a new receiver and speakers?

Last I checked Chipp had a reciever in the FS section.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
So you're looking for a new receiver and speakers?

Last I checked Chipp had a reciever in the FS section.
Not looking to buy yet. I'm wanting some audiophiles to tell me what some good parts would be, I'm probably not buying for ~month.
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Infinity's Primus line is pretty good for price to performance ratio. I used to own a pair of Primus 150's (the predecessor to the current 160 models). They were solid speakers, especially for the price of admission. I hear that the 160s are much the same. The PSB Alpha B1 is another outstanding speaker for not too much cash. I was incredibly impressed with them when I auditioned them a while ago, and while I never bough them I'd still really like to. soloz has great things to say about av123, and I certainly respect his opinion. I'm sure he'll be along shortly to offer details - I've not had a chance to hear any of their speakers yet.

For a receiver, I suggest making a list of the features you want, and trying to find a small list of units that fulfill all of them. That way you'll be asking for opinions on something you know will work for you, rather than us throwing random suggestions. Some good brands to start looking at across a wide budget range are Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon, Harman Kardon, NAD, Outlaw Audio, Pioneer (certain models) and Sony (certain models).
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What receiver brand is the most reputable in the audio world? I don't wanna drop a bunch of cash, but I'm a quality-over-quantity type of guy.
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I think your bang for the buck would come from Outlaw Audio or NAD - of course they're not on the top end of the spectrum, but they both make great products for not a lot of dough and are built like tanks. Personally, once you get above $1000 for a reciever I would begin looking for a component setup with a dedicated DSP/preamp and power amps.

Marantz and Rotel make some great products, too, but they might be excessive for budding home theater.
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I think your bang for the buck would come from Outlaw Audio or NAD - of course they're not on the top end of the spectrum, but they both make great products for not a lot of dough and are built like tanks. Personally, once you get above $1000 for a reciever I would begin looking for a component setup with a dedicated DSP/preamp and power amps.

Marantz and Rotel make some great products, too, but they might be excessive for budding home theater.
Over $1000? Yea........probably not gonna happen...lol. What would you suggest for someone that's looking for a pretty basic setup...like, just some things for speaker wire, then the component red and white?
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You would need to provide a budget in order to get some more recommendations. Some of the stuff chip mentioned is good but we need to know how much you want to spend.

He also mentioned NAD, which I would consider mid lvl gear. Receiver brands that I would recommend would be Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer Elite, Marantz. The first 3 should be easily available while the other two you might need to go to a more specialized store.

As for speakers there are tons of brands and just about every brand has entry lvl speakers and high end. Speakers mentioned by chipp are good, I have heard Psb once and I was really impressed even though I listened to their flagship model. Paradigm makes good value speakers. There are literally tons of good brands and you'd have to go listen to make an educated decision. If you aren't too serious or don't have too good of an ear you might be satisfied with some really inexpensive speakers.

BTW, what do you currently own?
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post #10 of 13
Infinity Primus for the speakers and Harman/kardon for the receiver. I love mine, and believe me I shopped around for about 2 years before actually buying anything.
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