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post #1 of 5 Old 05-18-2013, 08:55 PM - Thread Starter
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this is the layout of the house i am moving into:
http://www.lennar.com/New-Homes/California/Sacramento/Sacramento/The-Gardens-at-Vineyard-Point/The-Montiero-Plan-35-8#t_h&s_1

I am wanting to make the family room into a home theater kind of... I understand that it is not a closed area or anything but then I am wanting to spend 1000 on speakers and a receiver. Hopefully a 5.1 system. I don't need the best out there and I understand 1000 wont get me close to the best but something decent for a house to watch movies during family time. The reason why i am asking here is because I dont want to go to a store and get suckered into buying something that they want me to buy. Thank you for your time everyone
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Check out the Pioneer Andrew Jones speaker line: http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs . One of the best bangs for your buck for an entry level HT setup.

Tiger Direct has the towers and bookshelves at a pretty good price right now. See the last couple of weeks of the owners thread here on AVS to learn more: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1278774/pioneers-speaker-genius-hits-low-price-point

For a sub, the Klipsch RW-12d is on special at Newegg for $279 (promo code EMCXRWP89 thru 5/22).

That would leave you plenty for an entry level receiver. Get a Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, or Yamaha. You can get some very good deals on refurbished Denons or Onkyos at accessories4less.com.

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Here's my suggestion for your budget;

-A Harman-Kardon 1700 receiver ($350).

-The Jamo S426 HCS3 5.0 speaker system from Amazon ($200...a great deal!).

-a Polk PSW505 subwoofer ($250), or the Kilpsch RW12D.

That should be a very nice system to get you up and running.
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this is the layout of the house i am moving into:
http://www.lennar.com/New-Homes/California/Sacramento/Sacramento/The-Gardens-at-Vineyard-Point/The-Montiero-Plan-35-8#t_h&s_1

I am wanting to make the family room into a home theater kind of... I understand that it is not a closed area or anything but then I am wanting to spend 1000 on speakers and a receiver. Hopefully a 5.1 system. I don't need the best out there and I understand 1000 wont get me close to the best but something decent for a house to watch movies during family time. The reason why i am asking here is because I dont want to go to a store and get suckered into buying something that they want me to buy. Thank you for your time everyone

I don't know how close you live to the Fry's in Sacramento but they have the Infinity Primus P163 bookshelf speakers on sale for $60 fairly pretty regularly and the P363 towers on sale for a little over $100.

These speakers with PC351 onsale from Crutchfield would give you a good set of speakers for a room of that size.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108PC351BK/Infinity-Primus-PC351.html

Then add a BIC-F12

http://www.provantage.com/bic-america-f12~7BICA003.htm


Then a refurbished or open box receiver that is good at driving 4 ohm speakers. As I understand it, a receiver with THX Select 2 plus certification would fit the bill, such as the Only TX-NR616.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKTXNR616/Onkyo-TX-NR616-7.2-Ch-THX-Certified-Network-A/V-Receiver/1.html


Another source for the Onkyo receiver would ShopOnkyo.

https://www.shoponkyo.com/products_refurb.cfm?specials=1&group_id=1

Memorial Day is coming up and ShopOnkyo might have an additional discount of 10-20% plus an extra $10 for joining Club Onkyo.

This is just one suggestion and I am sure there are others.
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Don't sell yourself short by boxing in a set budget for everything. You'll be upgrading sooner than you want or expected.

Ascend Acoustics .com and Arx (via theaudioinsider.com) make some great bang vs. buck internet direct speakers.

That Newegg sale on the Klipsch RW-12d is really worth a look.

Then get a receiver. From experience, I'd skip Sony. Make sure it can do 7.1 decoding, at least, if you want to upgrade down the line.

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