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Just getting my foot in the door here and I'm looking to upgrade my HTIB setup.

It is pretty rough right now with a 4+ year old Sony HTIB 5.1 setup. It was like $150 back then so you can imagine its a real shaker :heehee:

The speaker wires also have adapters at the end too.
I don't know if I can buy a different receiver then use those speakers. Would I just cut the adapters off and strip them?

Someone on here, sorry I forgot who!, mentioned this is the most entry level setup he recommends:
Onkyo HT-S5400 7.1-Channel Home Theater Package

Its sitting at a very reasonable price IMO but still looking for advice on whether I should get it or not.

For what its worth, I would probably keep the 2 extra speakers for maintenance and set up 5.1. The room layout/size wouldn't mesh well with 7.1




thanks in advance!
 

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Onkyo does make a decent HTIB system as they use real speakers and a real receiver so things can just be upgraded as money permits. Your old Sony speakers may be usable but without knowing what model its hard to say.
How much do you want to spend on the receiver?
 

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Onkyo does make a decent HTIB system as they use real speakers and a real receiver so things can just be upgraded as money permits. Your old Sony speakers may be usable but without knowing what model its hard to say.
How much do you want to spend on the receiver?

to be honest, I need to keep it low. looking at $500 for now.. that's why I was leaning toward a HTIB setup.

Simply put I do not plan on spending big bucks on receivers/speakers for this room.
I want to upgrade my current setup but this is my first HT setup, and I want to spend within reason.
If I hit a scratch off and get an extra 10k of expendable cash, then I can go nuts. For now, I am a first time home owner with a wedding coming up :)

Down the line, when we buy a new house, I can make my basement completely dedicated to a HT and start going crazy.
For now, this is man cave that I am looking to improve.

The speakers I have now work- they just get really fuzzy and are not very crisp at higher volumes.
 

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Here you go, This one from Accessories4less is Onkyo's best HTIB system and is just a few $$ more than your budget :)
You cant go wrong with it!
 

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Oh yes, it has 4 HDMI inputs its a really good receiver thats with it. its an Onkyo 609.
 

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Normally the receiver alone new costs more than that price all together. Its a great deal!
 

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Yes, its seems to be as they all have the THX logo on them but it does not really matter as for $550 your not going to find any receiver and 7.1 speaker system that will sound as good.
 

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Hello,
While the Onkyo HTIB's are certainly quite compelling, speakers are the single most important link along with the acoustics of the room. That is why we often advocate starting with an AVR and a single pair of high quality speakers and adding to it over time.

For instance. you could purchase an Onkyo TX-NR609 from Accessories4less for $269. http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...Channel-3-D-Ready-Network-A/V-Receiver/1.html
And for speakers, the SVS SBS-02's retailed for $300 a pair and are now available for $149. Unfortunately, it appears they have sold out of the matching SCS-02 Center Channel, but a single SBS-02 could work as a CC.

When ready, simply purchase another pair of SBS-02's for $149 and a single one for $75 for the CC and the Dayton Sub 1000 for $109 and would have an HT that would utterly slay any HTIB.

If it was me, I would start out with the AVR, pair of SBS-02's and the Dayton Subwoofer. The total would be $519 plus shipping. And from there, each upgrade would cost at most $150.
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Hello,
While the Onkyo HTIB's are certainly quite compelling, speakers are the single most important link along with the acoustics of the room. That is why we often advocate starting with an AVR and a single pair of high quality speakers and adding to it over time.

For instance. you could purchase an Onkyo TX-NR609 from Accessories4less for $269. http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...Channel-3-D-Ready-Network-A/V-Receiver/1.html
And for speakers, the SVS SBS-02's retailed for $300 a pair and are now available for $149. Unfortunately, it appears they have sold out of the matching SCS-02 Center Channel, but a single SBS-02 could work as a CC.

When ready, simply purchase another pair of SBS-02's for $149 and a single one for $75 for the CC and the Dayton Sub 1000 for $109 and would have an HT that would utterly slay any HTIB.

If it was me, I would start out with the AVR, pair of SBS-02's and the Dayton Subwoofer. The total would be $519 plus shipping. And from there, each upgrade would cost at most $150.
Cheers,
JJ
I agree with JJ - a good 2.1 system will sound better than a subpar 5.1 system in most cases. Also, generally speaking, the sub included in most HTIB systems will not give you the sound you are looking to get.
 

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Keep in mind the speakers are THX certified so that does mean that they must meet standards set by them. The sub is rated 20-100Hz and the other speakers have decent sized drivers. I do agree that starting with a good 2.1 speaker system is a good option to start with but If he is like me I would want a full 5.1 system right away and upgrade later.
 

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Keep in mind the speakers are THX certified so that does mean that they must meet standards set by them. The sub is rated 20-100Hz and the other speakers have decent sized drivers. I do agree that starting with a good 2.1 speaker system is a good option to start with but If he is like me I would want a full 5.1 system right away and upgrade later.

just when I thought I was set on what to do..agghh

drats :hissyfit:
 

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Trust me, the Onkyo HTIB is a huge step up form anything you had before
 

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Hello,

And for speakers, the SVS SBS-02's retailed for $300 a pair and are now available for $149. Unfortunately, it appears they have sold out of the matching SCS-02 Center Channel, but a single SBS-02 could work as a CC.

If it was me, I would start out with the AVR, pair of SBS-02's and the Dayton Subwoofer. The total would be $519 plus shipping. And from there, each upgrade would cost at most $150.
Cheers,
JJ

where are you seeing the SBS 02s for $150? can't find them anywhere

EDIT: NVM found them in the outlet section-the link sent me directly to their support page.


So I'm thinking maybe getting either get the Onkyo 509 or the 609 then (2) SBS-02s.

I'm just confused a bit on the lack of sub woofer. Will I be losing a dramatic amount of bass because of this?
 

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where are you seeing the SBS 02s for $150? can't find them anywhere

EDIT: NVM found them in the outlet section-the link sent me directly to their support page.


So I'm thinking maybe getting either get the Onkyo 509 or the 609 then (2) SBS-02s.

I'm just confused a bit on the lack of sub woofer. Will I be losing a dramatic amount of bass because of this?
I meant to provide a link for the SVS's as they are now buried. Here it is for others: http://www.svsound.com/sbs-02

I would absolutely go with the 600 Series as there is a pretty big difference in power due to the 609 being THX Certified. As for bass, I bundled the Dayton Sub 1000 which combined with the 609 and SBS-02 comes up to just over $500.
 

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where are you seeing the SBS 02s for $150? can't find them anywhere

EDIT: NVM found them in the outlet section-the link sent me directly to their support page.


So I'm thinking maybe getting either get the Onkyo 509 or the 609 then (2) SBS-02s.

I'm just confused a bit on the lack of sub woofer. Will I be losing a dramatic amount of bass because of this?
What JJ was suggesting was going with the Dayton sub which I believe can be found at Parts Express.

And, Tony makes a good point. The Onkyo HTIBs are good as they include the 609 and have speakers that are THX certified. I honestly think you would be pleased with either.

If you want 5.1 right off, I would go with Tony's suggestion. Otherwise, I would build over time as JJ suggests and those SVSOUND speakers are a great start IMO.
 

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What JJ was suggesting was going with the Dayton sub which I believe can be found at Parts Express.

And, Tony makes a good point. The Onkyo HTIBs are good as they include the 609 and have speakers that are THX certified. I honestly think you would be pleased with either.

If you want 5.1 right off, I would go with Tony's suggestion. Otherwise, I would build over time as JJ suggests and those SVSOUND speakers are a great start IMO.
Hello,
I have been really flaking in respect to providing links today for some reason. I still have Windows open for the Dayton at Parts Express and the SVS's. I somehow forgot to provide the links which is something I always try to do. My apologies.
J
 
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