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Old 06-19-2008, 02:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been reading the forums for the past few days and have gained a whole lot more understanding, so thank you to everyone.

I have saved a little money and am narrowing my decision down to a few option for a home theatre. Unfortunately my budget is around $300-$500 so naturally I'm looking at HTiB set up. I have a 50" Samsung DLP, a XBOX 360, and a Wii. My room is 15' X 10' and I would love a 5.1 setup.

Costco has:
$349.99 Panasonic SC-PT954 (Wireless Rear Speakers)
$399.99 Sony HT-SF2000 (Comes with four speaker stands)
$449.97 Sony DAV-HDX501 W/C (Wireless Rear Speakers)
$299.99 Sony DAV-HDX274

Which one would you guys suggest. One question I would have is how can you tell if the HDMI passes just video or both Video and Audio? Because on the box it isn't very clear. Wireless rears are a cool idea but not a sale buster. Because I don't need the DVD player which all of these come with, I have also thought about buying a cheap AV unit like this 5.1 Sony-STRDG520 from Best Buy for $199 and then just buying some cheaper speakers. Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

Chad.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:38 PM
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Only the sony sf2000 does hdmi audio. You might look into the sony ss2000, sony 7200dh, & samsung as720.
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:07 PM - Thread Starter
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The Samsung as720 would match perfectly but I guess one big question I should ask in your opinion, is the difference between HDMI audio and optical in audio great? And please for give me for my lack of audio terms cause I'm sure I've used the wrong ones.

Thanks for the quick reply tamahome02000.
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I suppose it's the difference between a cd and mp3's. Maybe you'll get a more emotional reaction out of it. If you're not a big audiophile, it might not be worth it for you.
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:54 PM - Thread Starter
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Good point tamahome02000, and if you don't mind me asking what kind of system do you have? And what do you like about it and what are you looking to change?
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I just got the samsung as720 and a ps3. It has some little annoyances, but sounds good.
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is the difference between HDMI audio and optical in audio great?

It depends on the audio format you're listening to. Standard DD, DTS, DDII, etc...can be carried either way with no problem. Blu-ray is where you start to see a big difference. The lossless audio formats found on blu-ray discs (Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio) require something like 6 times more bandwidth than optical or digital coaxial can carry. Uncompressed PCM takes even more. If you're looking at adding a blu-ray player to your home theater down the road, it may be worth it to you to buy a system now that can handle audio over HDMI.

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You also may want to consider the Sony 7200DH it does audio through HDMI and works fine with the PS3 to deliver you lossless audio when you play blu ray movies and etc. MSRP is 499$ but you can get it for 430$ on ebay from a reputable seller. I can't vouch for the quality of the speakers yet since mine has yet to arrive. But from what I read the Sony 7100DH was decent and the 7200DH is its predecessor that does audio through HDMI so it should be a good HTIB.
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