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post #1 of 9 Old 05-15-2007, 12:49 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a system to hook up to my Xbox360 - I'm going to be using this #1 for gaming, then also for watching DVD's and maybe streamed movies from my computer. I also watch OTA HD using my TV tuner (that does have optical audio out). Right now the xbox is connected via components. I'm not planning on getting an HD/Bluray player until formats are sorted and prices drop, probably years from now.

I was excited about getting a HT-S790 for ~$300 after reading about it today, but it seems the lowest price is more like $450 right now. I have a 237V LCD, and sit about 10ft away, so a medium sized room. My reference point for audio is the Klipsch promedia 4.1 and 2.1 computer speakers that I thought were good stuff, I don't have any high-end home theater experience.

Budget is $350-500, I'm more of a "value player", in that I don't mind spending $500 as long it's a greal 'deal', ie. a system that normally sells for higher. Help?
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You can get the 790 for $350 refurbished last I checked. Also I might suggest building your own system...Onkyo 504, Velodyne Frontrows, Dayton 10" sub should all come out to around $500 I think. Check the HTIB Alternatives thread if this interests you. People say it'll blow the socks off any HTIB.
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So I picked up an HT-SR800 from CC today...all I can say is HECK YEAH!!! I paid $450 for it total, which isn't a great deal compared to the $300 HT-S790's that were around, but quite frankly it's bloody well worth it and I'm amazed! Beats the crap out of anything else I've owned, so I'm well chuffed.

Couple questions though:
-Is there any difference in high vs low priced optical audio cables? The only I have is a cheapo $16 Philips one from walmart that's actually translucent...should I upgrade?
-Are LCD's affected by the magnets in the center speaker? I'm wondering if I need to move it away from the LCD TV...?
-What sources take advantage of 6.1 or 7.1 systems? My xbox 360 only does 5.1
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Are LCD's affected by the magnets in the center speaker? I'm wondering if I need to move it away from the LCD TV...?

No you should be fine. The speakers are probably shielded anyway.
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What sources take advantage of 6.1 or 7.1 systems? My xbox 360 only does 5.1

Some DVDs have 6.1 DTS (Lord of the rings extended for example) Many dvds have DD EX, which matrixes a back channel for 6.1 or 7.1.

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Is there any difference in high vs low priced optical audio cables? The only I have is a cheapo $16 Philips one from walmart that's actually translucent...should I upgrade?

There is no difference between optical cables. Digital is digital. Speaker wire would probably be a better upgrade, if you want to upgrade cables.
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Thanks mate! I'm really enjoying this system haha (I know I know, it's not $5k top end gear, but it still sounds great to someone who's not had a real home theater system before, let me be excited ;-))

The speakers are indeed shielded, I guess I was just being paranoid for my precious LCD!

I didn't realize that you could get >5.1 on standard DVD's...since the Xbox360 only outputs 5.1 max, I may have to get a separate DVD player. Oh well, HD-DVD vs Blu-ray anyone? *grin*

Thanks, I'll look at some speaker wire from monoprice.com, hope they're as good as everyone says!
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Pioneer 600W 5.1 Surround Sound System For XBOX 360 - HTS-GS1
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5280864
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What's the consensus on that Pioneer for the 360?

I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive (chuckle) HTIB for my 360 setup, with a 36" Vizio LCD.

One other thing to consider is that I'm leaning quite heavily to picking up the 360 HD DVD player. So I would like my HTIB (or whatever is recommended) to work well with the 360 & the HD DVDs.

Thanks in advance!
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Thanks, but I'm all set with a TV. I'm looking for some recommendations for HTIB.
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