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Well, then - My decision is just that. I'll grab that Onkyo set and upgrade later on.

But something still bothers me - I think I read earlier on that Onkyo made sub-par speakers. Is there a shred of truth in that?
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post #42 of 73
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The Onkyo HTiB is far better than the Logitech, and the Pioneer systems. Seriously save the Logitech setup for people that want an easy computer setup. Even Onkyo's least expensive HTiB will be better than the Logitech

and it can be had cheap http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html

That being said if the OP cares about sound like it seems he wants to he should start with a small system and build up. because I guarantee he will not be happy for long with anything else. So really starting small is the best use of his money.
It seems like the Onkyo set is a much better deal (though the gimmick of the z-5500's control module w/ headphone out is cute). So it really seems that the Logitech is overpriced (and btw: who the heck makes Logitech speakers anyway? [I doubt they make their own]).

The Onkyo seems to be quite a deal, especially a lower-priced refurbished one. Just the versatile A/V switching capability of this receiver adds value. The Logitech seems so... "prefab"--pretty bunk for its price. Seeing as how the Onkyo's sub woofer is passive, it's a slight drawback (though for this price, I think not.) I think a person could always replace the OEM sub with a self-powered one, as with any of the speakers and the receiver: the parts are independent of one another and thus each is replaceable/upgradeable.

My only remaining qualm is that a refurbished unit poses a wild card. There are many "what if...?" questions to be asked, and much testing to be done by the consumer, lest a problem be found past the limited warranty date.

What do any of you esteemed chaps have to say about this post? Thanks, all.
-Slink

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Well, then - My decision is just that. I'll grab that Onkyo set and upgrade later on.

But something still bothers me - I think I read earlier on that Onkyo made sub-par speakers. Is there a shred of truth in that?
I second that...
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It seems like the Onkyo set is a much better deal (though the gimmick of the z-5500's control module w/ headphone out is cute). So it really seems that the Logitech is overpriced (and btw: who the heck makes Logitech speakers anyway? [I doubt they make their own]).

The Onkyo seems to be quite a deal, especially a lower-priced refurbished one. Just the versatile A/V switching capability of this receiver adds value. The Logitech seems so... "prefab"--pretty bunk for its price. Seeing as how the Onkyo's sub woofer is passive, it's a slight drawback (though for this price, I think not.) I think a person could always replace the OEM sub with a self-powered one, as with any of the speakers and the receiver: the parts are independent of one another and thus each is replaceable/upgradeable.

My only remaining qualm is that a refurbished unit poses a wild card. There are many "what if...?" questions to be asked, and much testing to be done by the consumer, lest a problem be found past the limited warranty date.

What do any of you esteemed chaps have to say about this post? Thanks, all.
-Slink

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I second that...
You are bashing the Z-5500's yet you have the most poor sound card ever.

I bet you havn't even been in a room with some properly set up Z-5500's.

Do you even know what THX certification means?

And how loud they go?
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Tell me something, do you have a cable box or sattelite receiver with an optical output?

Because I think you can get some logitech speaker system with optical output and get 5.1 out of it just by plugging it into the optical.
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You are bashing the Z-5500's yet you have the most poor sound card ever.

I bet you havn't even been in a room with some properly set up Z-5500's.

Do you even know what THX certification means?

And how loud they go?
They are certainly a nice set of multimedia speakers, but they cant change the laws of physics - small drivers can only move so much air. They also can't magically reconfigure themselves to become upgradable. I can't upgrade the satellites down the road if I wanted to, or the subwoofer, or the amplification/decoding.
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Does THX mean anything?
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Does THX mean anything?
yes it does. it means it meets the requirements set buy THX when they test it. Its kind of like a standard.
Edited by TrainRekS - 2/22/09 at 3:15pm
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Does THX mean anything?
Yes - THX is a certification for home theater gear that was originally developed by some folks from LucasFilm to ensure that theaters playing Star Wars would be able to reproduce the audio with suitable quality. THX certified gear is generally quite good - however, the certification costs money and the standard is additional advertisement, so generally THX certified stuff has higher markup than normal.
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Ah, knew it wasn't really worth noticing.
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You are bashing the Z-5500's yet you have the most poor sound card ever.

I bet you havn't even been in a room with some properly set up Z-5500's.

Do you even know what THX certification means?

And how loud they go?
You're mistaking loudness with quality. I noticed that in a cheap logitech set I bought for my parent's box. It had lots of "bass" and was loud but wasn't at all accurate and in general sounded like crap. I'm not much of an audiophile, but I do enjoy quality, and Logitech isn't always the best in that department. I'm not saying that the Z-5500's are bad, just that you can find something better for a home theater system (which is not what the Z-5500's are made for).
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