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post #1 of 8 Old 12-21-15, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Which "budget" home theater system?

I am looking at not spending much money on a home theater system. I'm staying at my current spot for only a year or two tops and need something "cheap". Anything is better than the TV speakers right?

Which of these are better? Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System ($299) or Onkyo SKS-HT690 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System ($377).

I've read great reviews on both, but I'm always skeptical on those reviews.

Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards the ENERGY.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-21-15, 05:11 PM
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Re: Which "budget" home theater system?

I would say that the Onkyo system would out preform the Energy system by a long shot given that the sub is larger and the drivers in all of the speakers are also larger. The center channel has two drivers so it will produce a larger sound field.

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

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Re: Which "budget" home theater system?

Thank you. Do you have any recommendations on a receiver that can "get the job done"?

Not looking for amazing sound at the moment. Just enough to get by. Like I said, anything is better than TV speakers. Haha
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Re: Which "budget" home theater system?

I have never heard either but I would lean slightly toward the Energy system.
They have tweeters in all five speakers, the Onkyo surrounds do not. Energy builds speakers and has a pretty long history with the Canadian NRC. Onkyo is not primarily a speaker manufacturer.
Tony makes some good points though, the Onkyo sub does look like it would be the better performer. And the Onkyo speakers should dig a fair bit deeper based on the specs, but then they are not very efficient.
Either would probably do very well as a budget system for a year or two.

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Re: Which "budget" home theater system?

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Thank you. Do you have any recommendations on a receiver that can "get the job done"?

Not looking for amazing sound at the moment. Just enough to get by. Like I said, anything is better than TV speakers. Haha
Where are you located? that makes a big difference in what you can buy.

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

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Re: Which "budget" home theater system?

I am located in Northern California.
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Re: Which "budget" home theater system?

Ok, have a look at www.Accessories4less.com. They have many receivers at nice discounts.

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

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