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Looking to setup a home theater system on my new 60 inch panel. Previously, I've used normal built in speakers (TV) so I have no clue where to start in terms of what to buy. I have a budget of 2-400 US dollars.

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$400 for a receiver and no speakers, or a soundbar.
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I currently have nothing. So I would like a receiver and speakers (not sure what a soundbar is?)
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That low of a budget limits you to really entry level products. Here are some recommendations:



http://www.zvoxaudio.com/cgi-bin/item/4005251
http://www.zvoxaudio.com/cgi-bin/item/400550x

I don't understand why people are willing to spend thousands on a display and a fraction of that on audio :/
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That low of a budget limits you to really entry level products. Here are some recommendations:
Amazon.com: Onkyo HT-S3300 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver and Speaker Package (Black): Electronics

Amazon.com: Onkyo HT-S5300 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver and Speaker Package with iPod Dock (Black): Electronics

http://www.zvoxaudio.com/cgi-bin/item/4005251
http://www.zvoxaudio.com/cgi-bin/item/400550x

I don't understand why people are willing to spend thousands on a display and a fraction of that on audio :/
+1 for Onkyo's HT in a box setups. They're great entry sets and it comes with everything!
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About 6 months ago I would have laughed at your budget. But things have.. Moved on.

I prefer Denon as I feel their amps run cleaner and cooler then say an Onkyo. Sony makes Crap, Cheap Pioneer is not really that good and Yamaha isn't my favorite setup-wise. Also never buy an amplifier from a company famous for its TV's. So look at this for ~$300

http://www.warehousedeals.com/Denon-...source=froogle

Now for the Real money saver. The speakers. At $30 a pair you would assume these Dayton B652's are crap. And I believe they were intended to be when designed and built. But lady luck smiles even on sweatshops in China it seems.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-652

I would have thought nothing of them had I not come across this CNET report written by a reputable audiophile.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20016275-47.html

I bought 4 pair and I want to buy another 10. They really are legitimately "GREAT" speakers. If your budget was $2,000 I would still recommend these, just more of them for 7.1/9.1 and a subwoofer.

Now on to the subwoofer.

Your not out of luck. You could grab something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034 as it's the cheapest sub of any quality you can find. But more likely you could just live without one.

If your budget improves this is suppose to be the subwoofer Buy of the Century. Can't confirm as I am Cash resistant at the moment.


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Receiver - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882120164

Subwoofer -


Speakers - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-652 x 2

This would come out to $513.03. This is acceptable. As I stated previously, I have no clue about home theater setups, I don't want to buy mediocre products unless I'm absolutely forced to. How would the above choices work out? It seems the 5.1 setup from Onkyo has a centre speaker, would I also need to purchase an additional speaker?
Edited by Z_109 - 2/5/11 at 9:43am
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About 6 months ago I would have laughed at your budget.
wow, prick much?
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That's an okay system for the money - you really can't complain about $35/pr speakers. You'll need to buy 3 pairs so you can use one as a center speaker if you want 5.1, and then you'll just have a spare speaker which is fine. If you are willing to spend a little more I'd recommend the behringer b2030p speakers at $150/pr. If you don't want to spend all the money now, I'd buy the receiver, 1 pair of speakers, and the sub. I'm currently running 2.1 systems and it's fine. You can always add more speakers later.

Also, the TX-SR508 is only $50 more than the 308 if you want a few more inputs/features:


Another sub option you might want to consider is the Dayton SUB-120 for $175: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...yton%20sub-120
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wow, prick much?
Well, you really can't build a QUALITY home theatre under about $1000. A good receiver costs about that much money ($400).
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