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grafton24's Avatar grafton24 11:17 PM 06-17-2012
I'm looking for an HTIB and have a $200 gift card at Future Shop Canada - http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/category/home-theatre-in-a-box/19701.aspx
Any recommendations?
I'd like something with 3D Blu-ray, and was thinking the Samsung HT-E5330. What do you think? Good choice? Is there something better? Or should I use the card for something else?
Thanks for your help.

Otto Pylot's Avatar Otto Pylot 10:11 AM 06-18-2012
If it were me, I'd look at something else. A built-in DVD player usually means that the sub-woofer is passive. IOW, it derives its power from the DVD player so the sound can be less than optimal. The specs (at least on the E5353/ZC) don't mention dts-MA/DolbyTrueHD so you don't know if those are "assumed" being as it is a BD player or not. You could probably find a better HTiB system without a BD player and for about $150 or so, pick up a good BD player and be much happier.
grafton24's Avatar grafton24 03:55 PM 06-18-2012
Thanks Otto. Good advice. So I have it narrowed down to these guys,

The Pioneer looks nice, but is a bit on the high side. It's THX certified, if that makes a difference.
I like the Yamaha and the Samsung. I will be researching them in more detail tonight. Any advice on what to look for or any red flags I should watch for.
Otto Pylot's Avatar Otto Pylot 06:15 PM 06-18-2012
None of those systems you list indicate that they have dts-MA/DolbyTrue HD which I find hard to believe so the specs listed on that site may not be accurate. I'd go to the mfr site and look at the specs there or download their respective manuals and see what's in there. If you want to listen to lossless audio (which a lot of BD movies have now), you'll need to make sure that those audio formats are available in your receiver (BD player as well). I have a Yamaha HTiB system (YHT-395) and have been very happy with it. The speakers could be better (which is true for most HTiB systems) so I will be upgrading them later on this year but all in all, it has been a solid performer and sounds very nice in our environment. I have it paired with a Panasonic BDT-210 BD player and the two play exceptionally well together. I would make sure that whatever system you get that the speaker terminals on the receiver are universal. IOW, they can take any type of speaker connection so you can easily upgrade your speakers should you choose to do so. Most do but it doesn't hurt to check. The last thing you want is some proprietary connection that will only work with a few speaker types. Onkyo makes nice HTiB systems as well but there have been quite a few negative comments about them this last year. Or, you could go the preferred route and buy a nice receiver and match it with a nice set of speakers. However, that's a bit more expensive but your speakers choices are considerably greater.
grafton24's Avatar grafton24 10:01 PM 06-18-2012
Thanks again. I appreciate all the advice.
grafton24's Avatar grafton24 10:15 PM 06-18-2012
By the way, the Yamaha doesn't support those modes, but the Pioneer and Samsung do. The Pioneer is listed as $299 MSRP, so this is WAAAY overpriced at FS.
Otto Pylot's Avatar Otto Pylot 09:23 AM 06-19-2012
Originally Posted by grafton24 View Post

By the way, the Yamaha doesn't support those modes, but the Pioneer and Samsung do. The Pioneer is listed as $299 MSRP, so this is WAAAY overpriced at FS.

The receiver (RX-V371) in my Yamaha system (YHT-395) does so it's good you checked the one you have listed. I think you'd be happier if you could find a system that supports those modes, especially if you plan on watching a lot of BD movies. What is your price range?
grafton24's Avatar grafton24 03:59 PM 06-19-2012
I'm not looking to get something too expensive just yet, but probably around the $400 range.
Otto Pylot's Avatar Otto Pylot 04:15 PM 06-19-2012
I've seen the Yamaha YHT-395 for around $300. I think there maybe a newer model but the price should still be below $400. Check out Onkyo as well.
grafton24's Avatar grafton24 12:13 AM 06-20-2012
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