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i just got a 40in samsung tv, and the speakers are crap. and was looking to get a htib.

my room is 12*12. i will mostly be using for tv speakers, music, movies, ps3. in that order of importance.

my budget if it does not come with a blue ray player is 350-400. 450-500 with blueray player.
also with this budget can i get a 5.1 built separately or would it be better to get htib.
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Your small budget only allows for a HTIB

Something like the:
-Onkyo HT-S3300
-Yamaha YHT-393bl

The main difference is the Yamaha has a powered subwoofer not passive like the Onkyo has.

Onkyo has recently been recalled for service so I would wait a month until they fix their issue
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Pioneer VSX-520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117339

Jamo s413
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

leaves you $100 to find a blu ray player.

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iv thought about it, and iv decided id rather get quality right now and slowly build up. what do you guys recomend for a 2.1 not floorstanding i need to put the speakers on my desk or mount to the wall. for 350-400. that i would later be able to upgrade. right now i have sony bookshelf speakers that i would use for rear they are crap but at least would have me sound.
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Its the same dilemma, you cant get two speakers, sub and receiver all for $350-$400.

The 5.1 Jamo system is $199 which is a very, very good deal for the money. You wont find two speakers and a sub for that price.

You can get two decent bookshelf speakers for $150 but a seperate sub will cost you another $150 minimum.

You'll have to search craigslist and ebay for used speakers if you want to keep within your budget.

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the quality of the jamo 5.1 for 200 is going to be better than if i get a pair of bookshelf speakers for 200. the reason i want to go for quality for the front speakers and then in the future upgrade the rear.
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sorry to jump off this topic but whats the difference between a powered and passive subwoofer and which is better
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Powered subs have their own amps onboard. Passive subs need power from either the receiver or (less commonly) an external amp.

In practical terms, a powered sub is better, as it doesn't rely on (often smaller) receiver amps. Powered subs also tend to be built larger, more powerful, and better sounding. I'd only recommend a passive sub if your receiver only has a passive output for the LFE channel.

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i just got a 40in samsung tv, and the speakers are crap. and was looking to get a htib.

my room is 12*12. i will mostly be using for tv speakers, music, movies, ps3. in that order of importance.

my budget if it does not come with a blue ray player is 350-400. 450-500 with blueray player.
also with this budget can i get a 5.1 built separately or would it be better to get htib.

Why would you be interested in another bluray player when you have a ps3?

Ive seen some good reviews on the Sony ht-ss370. 3 hdmi in/1 hdmi out. Easy to setup. $350
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You could go with some Polk Audio Monitors.

Monitor 30 Bookshelf
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290094
Monitor CS1 center
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290022
PSW 10 subwoofer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034

Then you're going to have to hunt for a deal on a HD audio equipped budget receiver if you want to be able to listen to HD audio from your PS3 Blu-Ray player. Check slickdeals.net.
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