Originally Posted by skzzzzy
Might purchase a Panasonic gt50 plasma 55" tonight or tomorrow, was looking to purchase a surround sound system for it, was looking at Panasonic SC-BTT490 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0078GCLUG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
for $373 , can i do better for the same price or is this one good? whatever i buy must come from amazon.com due to amazon store card.
digital cable box, ps3, streamer bow are everything i plan to hook to the surround sound, maybe a computer aswell?
Panasonic SC-BTT490 only provides 2 HDMI-in and the speakers aren't that great: fronts & surrounds each have only 1 small 2.5" driver, and the subwoofer has a small 6.5" driver.
Originally Posted by skzzzzy
Which Yamaha or Onkyo set for $400 budget would you select then? I see a bunch of different ones.
Not looking to go over $400, ive never even used a surround sound set, only stock speakers on my tv's and have been fine with them so surely a $400 budget will be a nice upgrade over stock speakers and if not then ill just skip surround sound all together.
Will be dedicated to tv, not used for music and i guess my room size a little bit above the size of a extra spare bedroom. not sure on exact size.
Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
You can get a Yamaha YHT-395 HTiB for under $400 easy. The AVR has plenty enough power for a medium sized room, all of the current A/V formats, High Speed HDMI inputs/output, etc. It's a 5.1 system with an active sub-woofer (8" driver). Not a bad system at all for the price and features and the speakers can easily be upgraded down the road (non-proprietary speaker connectors) should you desire so.
$345: Yamaha YHT-395 http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-395BL-Complete-5-1-Channel-Theater/dp/B004SL4ADA
- 2-driver fronts & surrounds, 3-driver center, 8" subwoofer driver, basic but versatile receiver with 4 HDMI-in (RX-V371 equivalent) - a very satisfying entry-level system
$399: Yamaha YHT-595 http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-595BL-Complete-5-1-Channel-Theater/dp/B004V8XL9O
- same 8" subwoofer as YHT-395, better fronts/center/surrounds with slightly better drivers and MDF wood cabinets instead of plastic, more versatile RX-V471 receiver with YPAO automatic speaker setup using included microphone - IMO well worth the extra $54 over the YHT-395
$499: Yamaha YHT-695 http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-695BL-Complete-5-1-Channel-Theater/dp/B004V8XL9Y
- same receiver as YHT-595, center/surrounds essentially the same as YHT-595's, fronts are bookshelf-size 2-driver speakers with 6.5" woofer for better bass, and subwoofer has 10" driver for better overall system bass - although this is $100 over your initial budget, no other HTiB anywhere near $500 has fronts this large
I got a 55" GT30 at the end of last year, and planned on using only the TV speakers. But Amazon's holiday pricing on the YHT-395 was enticing, so I decided to give surround sound a try. I liked it so much that I returned the YHT-395 and upgraded to the YHT-595. HDMI ARC, 3D, CEC control are all great. Blu-ray player and HTPC to receiver via HDMI; old DVR, via component - very good sound and video with the GT30.
The Yamaha receiver was very fully-featured for its' price level and never suffered any of the overheating problems that were reported with recent Onkyo receivers. The system was loud enough for moderate-level listening in my 12x30' living room, and I discovered I really liked listening to music in surround mode. It was a great system for learning the complexities of surround sound, and defining my preferences. I'm actually now in the middle of upgrading to a separates system, but I must admit that the YHT-595 had most of the sound for only 1/7th the price.