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hometoast 01-08-2010 06:23 AM

I currently have a Panasonic P54S1 and a TivoHD.
I need a BluRay player, receiver, and speakers.... and the ability to add speakers around the house and outside.

for the player I was considering these two
Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Player DMP-BD60 - Retail
Sony Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S360 - Retail
And leaning toward the Panasonic because it will integrate with the TV.

For a receiver, I have Wii via Component, TivoHD via HDMI, BR player via HDMI, and (potentially) HTPC/media box via HDMI.
I have no idea where to start. Friends are recommending Onkyo (SR607, and 707) and some Yamaha models.
I think I want to go with 7.2 (even if I stick with 5.1 speakers for now).

For speakers
Only thing I know is Polk Audio seem to be well received and have a great price.

Budget? Low.

ericld 01-08-2010 07:06 AM

The Onkyo 607/707 recievers are both good. I use them a lot, and right now Polks are on sale at Newegg. I would recomend these.
Fronts: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290016
Center: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290105
Rears: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290094
Using the 607 or 707, Bi-amp the fronts, place your sub in the back with your rears, and set to double bass. This will utilize the woofers on your fronts and give you the most on 5.1. You might not even want to go 7.1 unless you have a very large room. The effect is lost on smaller rooms. If you want use these speakers for rears, and you will acheive the same effect. http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/owm/index.php?s=owm5

Now if you are willing to spend a little more, these speakers really kick, and wont break the bank. http://www.axiomaudio.com/hometheaters.html Lots of different combos to choose from.

Also remember, 80% of all your movies are still in 5.1, even blurays. If you set up a 7.1 system, you will have to use Expanded Dolby to hear 5.1 over all your speakers, and if your room is not large enough, the 7.1 effect will be lost with a loss of over all power.

You could also build a HTPC and use it as your bluray, dvr, and depending on how you build it, gaming.

hometoast 01-08-2010 07:24 AM

Thanks for the run-down. The room is 16x16' with a bay window on one side. I was thinking of sticking to 5.1 anyway because of cost and, like you said, content doesn't use it yet.

Regarding the axiom sets. Not willing to drop 1200 on the set of speakers. Well, unless they massaged my buttocks.

Is it possible to mount those rears in-wall? It's an interior wall and easily accessible from the other side. Hiding them would make the wife accept it all a little more.

So here's what I'm at now.


What other options might be a step down in budget (for speakers) and still remain respectable for paired with a 54" plasma in a big room?
What about the Klipsch F1's for $20 less each? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882780007
And the RC-160 for $70 less. Seems to be the 607 less front-HDMI, sirius, and 10- wpc less.

ericld 01-08-2010 09:43 AM

Not really. You have a port on the rear of the speaker. They actually do better on stands with a little more space from the wall. If you want a cleaner look, check these out.
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/surround.php#owm
They are a little more, but you can actually corner mount them. And this would make a good sub, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290130
Be sure to place it in the rear, between your surrounds if you can. Then when you set up your speakers, you will see on the back of your receiver, the sur-backs are used to bi-amp your fronts, and you set speaker options to bi-amp, and double bass. This will utilize the front speaker woofers as your front subs. When you run the Audessy program, it will set up the rest, though you can tweek things manually afterwards as you like.

I am not a big fan of Klipsch speakers. If you get a chance to go to a good audio store that has a sound room, you will be able to test them and hear the difference. I am not saying they are bad speakers, just not my preference.

hometoast 01-08-2010 09:50 AM

regarding the sub: Is a 10" too weak? I know the wife won't want her head rattled.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034

ericld 01-08-2010 09:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by hometoast View Post
regarding the sub: Is a 10" too weak? I know the wife won't want her head rattled.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034
That will do fine. You can turn it down or off for just regular tv for her, and still get good base from your fronts.

Rebelord 01-24-2010 09:12 PM

Just a quick note: Ive had excellent results with Onkyo receivers. Mostly with the 7/8 series. But the quality is overall top-notch. And if you have issues. Pretty good support.
(I also have a 10yr old 5.1 Sony thats still kicking, not sure on Sony anymore) Also, Yamaha has been pretty good at giving you "Bang for buck" lately too.

Ski

soloz2 01-28-2010 07:52 PM

you should consider the new Oppo BD player. If it's half as fast and good as my BDP-83 it'll blow the major brands away

hometoast 01-29-2010 04:22 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
you should consider the new Oppo BD player. If it's half as fast and good as my BDP-83 it'll blow the major brands away
Yeah, I'm trying to work on a budget.

I did pick up a Panasonic BD60

Volvo 01-29-2010 04:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ericld View Post

I am not a big fan of Klipsch speakers. If you get a chance to go to a good audio store that has a sound room, you will be able to test them and hear the difference. I am not saying they are bad speakers, just not my preference.
Neither am I.
Old Klipschs were good, new ones are just too clinical and harsh.


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