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Re: Home Theater Systems

We're looking at low- to mid-priced Home Theater Systems that are complete 'in the box' (receiver/DVD and speakers). *We don't really want to spend more than about $500. *I know that isn't a lot to spend on a decent system, but we live in a townhouse and don't need to blow the neighbors away. *We do want something that sounds alright for the price, though.

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Re: Home Theater Systems

I know that most Best Buys and Circuit Cities sell package deals like that so you might want to start there. I'm not sure you'll be able to find a complete system for under $500 though. Many decent to good receivers alone cost that.

If you're looking to try and get good quality without spending a fortune, you might want to look into Onkyo or lower-end Yamaha for the receiver, Panasonic for the DVD, and Paradigm or Sony for the speakers. I'm pretty sure you'll end up at or over $1000 with a setup like this though.

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Re: Home Theater Systems

...and that's the truth. I dont know of a boxed Home Theater set that sells for <$500, much less one that would perform decently. Good luck in your quest though. FYI - Reference only: I didnt buy anywhere near 'top of the line', somewhere in the middle, and my receiver alone was $500 (4 years ago). It is very easy to drop a few thousand in an average sounding HT system. Sorry I couldnt be of anymore help.
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I got the best Kenwood they had from Best Buy...it was a great deal! I am very happy!

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This looks like a great sale price $850 system for $600, you might want to jump on it. *Linky



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Re: Home Theater Systems

Costco.com has a Sharp SD-At100 system for $399.99. It comes with a DVD-CD/Tuner and six speakers including a subwoofer. Not the best, but may be what you are looking for.
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Re: Home Theater Systems

My 'low end' cost me 850. The bose system cost the GF, 2800. The NEW bose rocks, pay now or pay later...
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Harman Kardon's AVR-125 is a great receiver and can be had for about $300. For another $300-$400 you can have a decent set of speakers as well....
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Mojave954 : My 'low end' cost me 850. *The bose system cost the GF, 2800. *The NEW bose rocks, pay now or pay later...
Yeah - my brother has the Bose system and it's straight tits... I just don't have that kind of dosh right now.

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Re: Home Theater Systems

I agree with most...about the sub 500 range is hard to come by. I have a LOW END system as well, sounds great but still cost me close to $1000. I have a 500watt Sony receiver, with the THX and DTS cert. 2 acoustic front speakers, JBL center and rears and a 12' JBL 250 watt Subwoofer.

but I understand living in a townhome you dont want to piss off your neighbors...the receiver is the 'brain' of the system. By a DECENT receiver and build on. Speakers can be upgraded as you go along, as long as you have a nice receiver and a good TV the rest can be added on as you get money.

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Re: Home Theater Systems

I take it you don't like Kenwood? I thought a 5dvd changer, receiver, speakers, and sub for $600 would be right up your alley.
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sweetonion : I take it you don't like Kenwood? *I thought a 5dvd changer, receiver, speakers, and sub for $600 would be right up your alley.
I had a Kenwood car stereo. *I was in the process of moving from Connecticut to Texas and the CD player went out on me just south of Hartford. *Talk about a LOOOOONG trip with no options but the radio.

After that, I've kind of steered away from Kenwood... chalk it up to bad experiences, I guess

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Re: Home Theater Systems

Ahhhh, makes sense. I'm not the biggest Kenwood fan myself but thought it might be OK for the price. They had some pretty interesting packages from other brands there as well. We've done this thread before and a bunch of people, including myself, suggested spending the most on the receiver and upgrade speakers later etc....., but I thought I'd take a stab at answering the question this time. Anyway, have fun with it, and be carefull it can turn into a money pit real fast. The amount your gf spent is just the tip of the iceburg.
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Re: Home Theater Systems

Bizjet, I have a friend in the business. He took care of me pretty well and steered me clear of that in the box crap. I didn't spend a whole lot and got an excellent 6.1 Yamaha tuner and good JBL's all the way around. The guy is a motorcyclist to boot, PM me and I'll pass his contact information along. He should be able to take care of you.
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Re: Home Theater Systems

Hey, as long as we're talking about starting with a core and building on it..... How about starting with a solid processor and a pair of monoblocks? You can add additional monoblocks and speakers as you go.
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