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post #41 of 74 Old 11-28-09, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Another new person to home theater, advice please.

Hello Tonyvdb & JJ,

As Tony has said "Stay away form Fluance they use junky drivers and will not last." in a post last year regarding the Fluance speakers and JJ hasn't had first hand experience with them. So I'm hesitant, even if they're including 2 extra satellites (7.0 system) for $371 shipped as a holiday special. My needs are "50% gaming, 40% movies/tv shows, 10% music". What do you two use your systems for?

You're both saying get the best I can with what I got, even if it's only 2 speakers. Well, I've spent $944 thus far for an Onkyo SR707 and Outlaw LFM-1 Plus. They were great deals. However, my original budget is $1200. What can I buy for $260 (shipped) that will last me years and years? I'll even consider audiogon or some similar site.

I found out that I'm not an upgrader type of person, so whatever I buy would likely stay with me for a while. Therefore, resell value doesn't really matter to me as much as bang-for-the-buck. As you can see, I've little buck at this point so I'm trying to stretch it as best as possible.

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Hello Tonyvdb & JJ,

As Tony has said "Stay away form Fluance they use junky drivers and will not last." in a post last year regarding the Fluance speakers and JJ hasn't had first hand experience with them. So I'm hesitant, even if they're including 2 extra satellites (7.0 system) for $371 shipped as a holiday special. My needs are "50% gaming, 40% movies/tv shows, 10% music". What do you two use your systems for?

You're both saying get the best I can with what I got, even if it's only 2 speakers. Well, I've spent $944 thus far for an Onkyo SR707 and Outlaw LFM-1 Plus. They were great deals. However, my original budget is $1200. What can I buy for $260 (shipped) that will last me years and years? I'll even consider audiogon or some similar site.

I found out that I'm not an upgrader type of person, so whatever I buy would likely stay with me for a while. Therefore, resell value doesn't really matter to me as much as bang-for-the-buck. As you can see, I've little buck at this point so I'm trying to stretch it as best as possible.

Thanks,
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Hello,
At this point, I would not recommend the Fluance. As I have repeatedly stated, I am utterly astonished at how cheap they are. I never even knew there were full sized speakers available for this little. You honestly have some really good gear so far and I think you are really going to be happy when all is said and done. I will start looking and get back to you. Can the "260 shipped" be for only 2 speakers? Also, is 260 the absolute most you can spend?

I use my system for all categories but karaoke. Blu Ray, PS3 Gaming, much TV, XBOX360, DVD, etc...
A quality system should be adept in all categories. At least that is the goal.
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Re: Another new person to home theater, advice please.

Hello,
If you need to stay at that budget and really want 5.1 right now, the Energy Take 5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882269004 at 179.99. Energy makes quality speakers. I will also look for preowned, but this is my 5 channel choice if you have to stay at that budget.

I see you already brought it up. Looks like the Take 5 has been discontinued. They are rated down to 115 Hz which means your sub is going to be responsible for a great deal. Good thing you bough such a nice one. Should you decide this. What is your zip? Will look locally as well.
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post #44 of 74 Old 11-29-09, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Another new person to home theater, advice please.

Hello,

JJ, Thanks for continuing to provide input and search out for stuff. My zip is 21114. Running the numbers again... my budget is at max $280. Unexpected things came up over the weekend.

80% of me really wants 5.1 sound to take advantage of how games/movies are made. So the Energy Take 5 speakers are on my list. Also, What do you all think of the Klipsch Quintet III? Amazon, through Vanns, has them for $199 (free shipping). The frequency response on those are a bit higher (120hz sat/125hz cent) than the Energy (115hz sat/110hz cent). The power is (50W sat/75W cent) and (100W sat & cent) respectively. Sensitivity is higher on the Klipsch (91db/94db) than the Energy (89db).

20% of me has been convinced by you guys to consider 2 speakers. So if there's something totally awesome out there, please let me know and I'll seriously consider it.

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Hi Again,

I have found another 5 speaker deal that fits in my budget. Energy C-50 for $45 each. I was thinking about getting 5 of them and using one as a center since the C-C50 was not available. They seem to be better than the Klipsch Quintet III or Energy Take 5 while still within my budget. Any thoughts?

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Re: Another new person to home theater, advice please.

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That looks like a really good deal. I like that their frequency response is rated down to 65 Hz. This means they should blend nicely with your subwoofer being crossed over at 80 Hz.

Energy makes quality speakers and the C-50 really should fit the bill and budget
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There are a couple of the C-C50s on Ebay available via buy-it-now. Those are cherry finish, so I don't know if they match the C-50s you found. With a 4.5" woofer, I'd probably cross these over at 90hz or so. A friend of mine had the Take 5s a few years ago, and they were quite good for the price, but these probably are a better match for your system. You're doing great with your budget. Figure it out, pull the trigger, and enjoy your system. There's always something better, but the system you have is a good basis for years of enjoyment.

Edit, I forgot to include that the shipping on the Ebay item is likely $25-30.

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Hello,

Many thanks to (in order of appearance) Jungle Jack, tonyvdb, selden, salvasol, lsiberian, and TonyG. Thanks to all of your input, advice, and time spent on replying, I've managed to put in the order for my new system. It's no $50,000 home theater system, but I think you've all helped me get something much better than a HTiB.

Onkyo SR707 - $477
Outlaw LFM-1 Plus - $467
5x Energy C-50 - $222.50
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Total Out the Door (incl. shipping, taxes, etc.) - $1166.50

Yes, kept it under my original $1200 budget!! Whew!

Now, I'm excited to get everything in. I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go along. But I wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone who chimed in.

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Compared to a HTIB, this is a 50K system. You were able to put together a system with a retail of over 2 thousand Dollars before taxes for almost half that. The great thing is all of these components, at retail, represent excellent value so you did doubly good. I really think you are going to be blown away. That Outlaw Subwoofer pumps out the jams.
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great job with your choices! You wont be disapionted. Its nice to see someone who takes advice and runs with it

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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