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hey guys,

I'm a 4th yr college student moving into a new place. I have saved up to $1100 to spend on great tv and a cheap surround sound system.

I am looking to either get a 40" Sony 120 hz for like $848 or a 47" 120 hz vizio for $868. (off topic)

but I'm looking for a cheap surround sound system that may pack a little punch for under $200. I already have a blu-ray player so I don't need a dvd player, just the sub and speakers. I just want something a step above the built-in speakers. I have been trying to research for one, but they all come with dvd players or are too expensive. I know they exist, I've seen one in the past for like $175 with good ratings but can't seem to find it again.

Am i'm searching for something that doesn't exist anymore or are there small cheap okay systems out there still?

Thanks in advance!
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Also, I don't know very much about surround sound systems, but what all should I be looking for? Should a receiver come with the speakers?
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hey guys,

I'm a 4th yr college student moving into a new place. I have saved up to $1100 to spend on great tv and a cheap surround sound system.

I am looking to either get a 40" Sony 120 hz for like $848 or a 47" 120 hz vizio for $868. (off topic)

but I'm looking for a cheap surround sound system that may pack a little punch for under $200. I already have a blu-ray player so I don't need a dvd player, just the sub and speakers. I just want something a step above the built-in speakers. I have been trying to research for one, but they all come with dvd players or are too expensive. I know they exist, I've seen one in the past for like $175 with good ratings but can't seem to find it again.

Am i'm searching for something that doesn't exist anymore or are there small cheap okay systems out there still?

Thanks in advance!

Do you have an AVR?
If not $200 is really cutting it slim even for a decent HTIB you may have to up your buget or look for something used.

Audiogon and craigslist are good choices for used equipment.

If you have an AVR than you may find something but honestly I would live with the TV speakers for now and just save up until you can get a real setup.

I mean your getting the TV you want and you already have a BD player, your halfway there. Don't get something cheap just to have it, because you'll be wasting that $200 dollars which could have been used (with some saving) for something better.
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yea, I understand what you're saying and you're right. I may be able to look into the 200-300 price range. I'm just not looking for anything incredible, just something better than the built in speakers.

How about these? http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

do i need an AVR receiver to use a surround sound system?
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yea, I understand what you're saying and you're right. I may be able to look into the 200-300 price range. I'm just not looking for anything incredible, just something better than the built in speakers.

How about these? http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

do i need an AVR receiver to use a surround sound system?

You know Jamo's not a bad little system.

You will need an AVR (Audio Video Reciever)

I would suggest this to keep you within your budget:

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it.../sony-strdh510

Nice little starter system. I had a sony HTIB system for years and the reciever always treated me good. You'll have better speakers than I did.
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yea, I understand what you're saying and you're right. I may be able to look into the 200-300 price range. I'm just not looking for anything incredible, just something better than the built in speakers.

How about these? http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

do i need an AVR receiver to use a surround sound system?

For the money, they're not bad, but certainly won't be impressive. And yes, you will still need a receiver to power them.

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you're gonna need a receiver with those.

I think you should be looking at the best computer speakers you can find for $200. Maybe even just stereo? If the blu ray player has analog connectors on the back, you can connect it to the comp. speakers that way. Otherwise, you need to make sure the comp. speakers will decode dolby digital themselves.

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Thanks for the help guys
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Thanks for the help guys

Your welcome. Let us know how you make out.
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For sure, can't wait. I'm pumped!
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One other thing, I've been looking at more expensive systems, $300-500 range and they come with a dvd player w/out a receiver. I have a Blu-ray/dvd player already, can I not just purchase a set of surround sound speakers and not need their dvd player? OR is the dvd player a receiver too. Obviously i have no clue about this stuff, so I'm just trust trying to find out a little more about it.
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ok, how about this setup for $300.

Receiver - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...090&CatId=4586

Speakers - http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-Resea...3214431&sr=8-1

5.1 surround sound with my blu-ray dvd player. Will this all be compatible?
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ok, how about this setup for $300.

Receiver - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...090&CatId=4586

Speakers - http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-Resea...3214431&sr=8-1

5.1 surround sound with my blu-ray dvd player. Will this all be compatible?

This Denon 1609 from Vann is much better for $20 more:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...denon-avr-1609
It has newer decoders and most important, Audyssey MultEQ room correction. It's a fantastic deal, as it retains full warranty as a new unit.

As for speakers, I'd go with the Jamo 413 set on Vanns.
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This Denon 1609 from Vann is much better for $20 more:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...denon-avr-1609
It has newer decoders and most important, Audyssey MultEQ room correction. It's a fantastic deal, as it retains full warranty as a new unit.

As for speakers, I'd go with the Jamo 413 set on Vanns.

Thanks man. I'm trying not to spend too much money on this stuff if I don't have to, but I found these other speakers that seem to get great reviews for some starter surround sound speakers. http://www.jr.com/yamaha/pe/YAM_NSSP1800/#productTabs for $130

and the Denon AVR-1609 7.1 receiver.

I'm about to pull the trigger on these 2, does anyone have any more advice before I buy them? Should I look at buying some better cables than the stock ones?
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Thanks man. I'm trying not to spend too much money on this stuff if I don't have to, but I found these other speakers that seem to get great reviews for some starter surround sound speakers. http://www.jr.com/yamaha/pe/YAM_NSSP1800/#productTabs for $130

and the Denon AVR-1609 7.1 receiver.

I'm about to pull the trigger on these 2, does anyone have any more advice before I buy them? Should I look at buying some better cables than the stock ones?

The college setup i used to have had TONS of punch. Checkout Logitech Z-5500's. The 10", 180 watt RMS sub has more umphh than anything else for the price except for something DIY. The speakers are THX certified and have pretty dang good sound and really good imaging. They are small, but if you set them up right they will give more bank for your buck. They are easy to pack up when you move. For $250 shipped, i dont think you will find a better, friendlier setup.

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The Sony HT-SS360 is not a bad choice...

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HTSS360-c...3249912&sr=8-1

Comes with receiver and 5.1 system. Sure, it's a HTiB and won't sound as good as some other things, but on a budget consideration, it's a decent system.

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Thanks man. I'm trying not to spend too much money on this stuff if I don't have to, but I found these other speakers that seem to get great reviews for some starter surround sound speakers. http://www.jr.com/yamaha/pe/YAM_NSSP1800/#productTabs for $130

and the Denon AVR-1609 7.1 receiver.

I'm about to pull the trigger on these 2, does anyone have any more advice before I buy them? Should I look at buying some better cables than the stock ones?

I still think you'll be happier with the Jamo set over those Yamaha's. I don't think those satellites with 2.5" woofer can be any good. The Jamo surrounds have 4" woofer and 1" tweeter. IMO the Jamo's are better value.
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One other thing, I've been looking at more expensive systems, $300-500 range and they come with a dvd player w/out a receiver. I have a Blu-ray/dvd player already, can I not just purchase a set of surround sound speakers and not need their dvd player? OR is the dvd player a receiver too. Obviously i have no clue about this stuff, so I'm just trust trying to find out a little more about it.

If you can get your budget around $450 or so get the Jamo s413 package from Vanns.com and one of the following receivers.

Onkyo 507
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

Onkyo 308
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-164-_-Product

Pioneer vsx-520
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-52.../dp/B0039XQKXQ

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At the ~$200 level, you are looking at the logitech z-5500s or getting a receiver + stereo speakers and adding the other 3 speakers and sub later when you have the cash.

If you can spare ~$400, then you can get a receiver + the jamos as suggested.
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THOR2502, do they have craigslist where you live?

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The logitech's look like computer speakers, do u not need a receiver?
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THOR2502, do they have craigslist where you live?

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Yea, I looked. I live in North Mississippi. Found nothing
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I just got a set of logitech Z-5500's for my bedroom and they sound pretty good in this environment. They could fill up a medium sized living room.
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I had the Logitech Z-5500 in my living room for a while. They will be perfect for you situation.

I don't think you will be disappointed with that recommendation.
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You belong in the Home Theater in Box forum HTiB

Something like a Onkyo HT-S3300 would be a great starter Home theater
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I can relate to this thread. I'm 40 now, and just in the last year have replaced the system I pieced together when in college. It was a great system and lasted me 20 years!

My philosophy was to not spend much money until I could one day get the true performance I desired. I must say, that old college setup got more use than I ever anticipated.

I tell this little story to encourage you to find some used equipment. It takes a little more effort to find the right things, but for the same money, you could piece together something that was in a whole different league than the above suggestions. For a few hundred dollars I ended up with what (when new) cost a few thousand.....and I got all those years of use out of it.

For instance, right now I've got a Denon receiver that I payed $1200 for ten years ago. It's going on craigslist for around $200. I have a $300 Paradigm center channel that's going to the first $50. Get my point?

Best of luck to you.

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Yea, thanks so much guys. I have made my decision and placed an order, will up date in 1 week to let you guys know how it turns out.
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What did you order?

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Sony HTSS360 5.1 Receiver/Speakers - $230
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

to go a long with my 47'' Vizio 120hz LCD tv. The living room is not very large. It's sort of small. The furniture sits only about 10-15ft from the tv. I think I made a wise choice, but I suppose we'll see when it gets here.
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Update: So I received my Sony HTSS360 last week and wanted to allow another week of use to give my opinion on my purchase.

I thought it was well worth the investment. I live in a nice apt. and sit about 7-8 ft away from my TV and surround sound. I needed something on a very tight budget and this system was among very few other choices.

Pros: Cheap, great sound and bass for the small living room in my apt. Haven't really cranked it up all the way due to the fact that I live in an Apt., but it definitely has potential. Works great with my blu-ray, ps3, xbox 360, and regular tv.

Cons:The amazon description and specs say the receiver supports Ipods, but there are no AUX ports to connect my ipod to, so that was disappointing. That's it for the cons, I pretty much got what I was expecting.

Anyone else own one of these surround sound systems?
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