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Hi all,

I'm a complete novice to home theater. I like the reviews I've read on the Energy 5.1 classic speakers. I currently have a used, beat up dream theater by Sony and to my untrained ear, it sounds amazing. Haha. I am using a PS3 hooked up to an Optoma 350W, the sound is not via HDMI, it is just plugged into an audio output on the back of the projector. We want to get a nicer set up for movies. I was going to just get the Sony BDV-E780W... it's so easy. But it sounds so sad in the store.

I'd like to get the Energy 5.1 classic speakers hooked up to a Sony STR-DH520 receiver and a Sony Blu-ray that will stream netflix, hulu, etc... It is a bit $$ for my range (this is a budget diy theater, we already went over with theater chairs versus cheap couch).

So, does this set up sound 'eh'? I was going to get the Yamaha YHT-395 with a blu-ray and call it a day (sounds great @ Best Buy) but after some digging around, I wanted more info. I am almost ready to pull the trigger on the Sony STR-DH520. It seems to have everything we need, good reviews, good price ($185) and will sync well with a Sony blu-ray (easy part). These two together meet my needs - I just need the sound!


Thanks all. BTW, the room is not very big... 14x16 or so.
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Hmm, I've read a bit more on the Sony STR-DH520. It seems to be quite a poor performed. Pretty sad... I bought a HTIB made by Sony 9 or so years back and I still love it.
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The more I read, the more I get the sense that in my price range, I should just get the best reliever I can find with the features that suit my needs. Sounds like the same set up as a above with the Denon AVR-1612 may be my best bet.

Don't mind me, I am answering my own questions and becoming an expert with every response I give myself :-P
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Now my dilemma is picture quality. The projector has awesome picture quality with the PS3... but the Denon AVR-1612 does not do 1080p? Am I in the right forum for this question?
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Not sure what you mean by "doesn't do 1080P". When you use HDMI connections, it simply passes the video through to the display.

Post #2 in the Denon xx12 thread may give you more information.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1334369

I have an AVR1612 and use speakers quite similar to Energy. I think it does a fine job for a basic receiver.
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Thanks, Possumgirl. I actually ordered a Pioneer VSX-521-K. Not even in my original list, but I was pretty impressed by it's features and what I read online. I had the 821 in my cart, but the price for the 521 was $149. If it's as nice as the reviews/description, it is well worth it.

I just have to decide on the speakers, I like the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System and the Energy RC-Micro 5.1.

Given my room size, I don't think I can go wrong with either.
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i have the energys, they are awesome little speakers. if i were you id put the energy 5.0 set and the pioneer sw-8 in your cart at amazon and newegg. once in a while the energy 5.0 go down to $150, buy asap. also the pioneer sw-8 has been on sale before for $80, i would snag that too.

or even better

go for the pioneer SP-PK21BSr 5.1 package at newegg.

get 2 pairs (4) of the pioneer bs21's:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117405
when they go on sale again for $50 a pair total = $100

the pioneer c-21 center:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117404
when it goes on sale again for $50

the pioneer sw-8 subwoofer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117402
when it goes on sale again for $80
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Newegg has the Energy RC Micro 5.0 for $150. I am considering these. Are these the ones you have?

The subwoofer sounds good, I can keep an eye for that.

I ordered the Pioneer VSX-521-K.. but I just ran into the Yamaha RX-V371 for $20 more and it looks impressive.
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Oops. Nevermind on the Energy RC Micro. Too small to fill my room, I think. I did look at the set you're speaking about, Luisfc1972. Great reviews... except for their looks and that is not a huge concern for me.
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Order placed!

YAMAHA RX-V371 5.1-Channel AV Receiver
MartinLogan MLT-2 5
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All had for around $460. I'm a little indecisive when ordering online so I had a hard time with the receiver, but as I've read around here in my price range, choose what fits your needs. The Yamaha seemed to be more home theatre oriented from the comparisons between that and the same priced Pioneer VSX-821-K. I almost wanted to order both receivers just to see which is easier to set up...

I am super excited.
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I have the Yamaha RX-V371 and have been very happy with it. It plays quite nicely with my BD player, AppleTV2, and my LG tv.
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Awesome. I can't wait to put this all together. I liked Luissfc1972's post but I needed it soon to complete the room. The deals seemed nice!
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Just as an update, the RX-V371 was pretty easy to set up. The Martin Logan MLT-2 sounds quite amazing once all the speakers are put into place. I have the Optoma PRO350W plugged into the AV HDMI out and a Sony BDP-S580 plugged into the AV. I'm quite pleased with my amateur DIY experience so far. Transformers is my go to movie for setting things up and it sounds quite nice. The sounds are coming from all over the room, they are clear can kind of sneak up on you.

I impulse bought the Take Home speakers on Newegg because they were $149.99... but I can't imagine they sounding any better, that would be insane.
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