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Hi everybody. I'm starting from scratch and am looking for suggestions on a new home theater system. I previously had home theater systems in a box and now would like to upgrade. My budget is...I have $300 in best buy store credit and another $300 to spend elsewhere. Please give me suggestions for the whole 9 yards with regards to my limited budget. I'm thinking about getting open box items from best buy to save a few bucks. Ive seen accessoriesforless.com but would like to know what is best to get where. Thanks!

P.S. The guy at best buy suggested polks and a basic yamaha reciever. Is that the best way to go for my budget?
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Hi everybody. I'm starting from scratch and am looking for suggestions on a new home theater system. I previously had home theater systems in a box and now would like to upgrade. My budget is...I have $300 in best buy store credit and another $300 to spend elsewhere. Please give me suggestions for the whole 9 yards with regards to my limited budget. I'm thinking about getting open box items from best buy to save a few bucks. Ive seen accessoriesforless.com but would like to know what is best to get where. Thanks!

P.S. The guy at best buy suggested polks and a basic yamaha reciever. Is that the best way to go for my budget?

Is $600 all you are willing to spend or can you spend more? Also, what is the size of your roo
And what are your listening preferences?
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I can spend more if it means a jump in quality. I watch a lot of TV and movies with some music mixed in. The room is 15x15 but open on the right side if you're facing the TV (it's a TV area).
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Also where is the best place to look for discounted items. Are factory refurbished speakers and receivers worth buying? I won't be listening at super loud levels but would hate for something to stop working without a warranty
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You said it open on one side- just a doorway or totally open to the next room.
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Totally open to the next room with high ceilings. I know not ideal but until December this is what I'm working with.

How are these?: http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/tech-data/B001202C44/ref=de_a_smtd
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Are these off amazon for 300 a good deal? Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)
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somebody?  Anybody?

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If your budget is a strict $600 and you have to have a 5.1 speaker set-up with a receiver go with the Energy Take Classics and receiver.

For my first 5.1 system I had the Polk RM6750 5.1 with a Sony STR-DH700 avr in my 13.5' x 14.75' living room completely open on one side and I absolutely loved that system. I have since sold it to a buddy with a smaller room and he loves it. For the price its an amazing speaker set. Whether the Energy Take Classic are $100 better hard to say, I would think they might me on the same level with the Energy's having the slight edge

BTWs there is nothing wrong with refurbished speakers and receivers if they are coming from a good seller.
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Thank you for the response. I think I'm going to go with the energy take classics. What receiver would you suggest with those? I would like something I can stream to from Android devices. Thanks again.
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Lots of receivers on sale at Best Buy.

Non Networked models

Pioneer VSX-523 $199
Yamaha RX-V375 $199
Denon AVR-1513 $199
Denon AVR-E200 $199


Networked models

Pioneer VSX-823 $249
Denon AVR-E300 $283
Yamaha RX-V475 $299

any of those would be fine with the Energy Take Classic 5.1 if those are the speakers you prefer. If you want to stream with your Android then the networked models are what you want.

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Do you think this is the "best" setup for 600? Energy take 5 and one of the networked receivers?
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Do you think this is the "best" setup for 600? Energy take 5 and one of the networked receivers?
Yes get the Denon or Pioneer its a great starting point in the would of 5.1 sound for $600
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Just me and from what I have learn about HT in the last 4 years or so...if I were in your shoes, with only 600 dollars to spend, I would get a decent entry level receiver...like the ones mentioned in this thread and the best pair of bookshelf speakers I could afford. Sure, that is only 2.0, but you then can build your 5.1 in stages where you are getting better quality speakers at each step.
Alternatively, you can purchase the energy system and just realize that the front speakers and sub woofer are inadequate for any bigger than a dorm room or small bedroom!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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Just me and from what I have learn about HT in the last 4 years or so...if I were in your shoes, with only 600 dollars to spend, I would get a decent entry level receiver...like the ones mentioned in this thread and the best pair of bookshelf speakers I could afford. Sure, that is only 2.0, but you then can build your 5.1 in stages where you are getting better quality speakers at each step.
Alternatively, you can purchase the energy system and just realize that the front speakers and sub woofer are inadequate for any bigger than a dorm room or small bedroom!

While I agreee with the first statement looking back on my entry into a home theater with a firm $400 budget for receiver and 5.1 speaker set compared to what I have now I could have saved myself money in the long run. The problem I found was here biggrin.gif . I found out what I was missing from this forum and wanted more so I spent more and more money. If I didn't spend my time here and blindly went about my life with my setup I would have still owned it today and been just as happy. cool.gif
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While I agreee with the first statement looking back on my entry into a home theater with a firm $400 budget for receiver and 5.1 speaker set compared to what I have now I could have saved money myself money in the long run. The problem I found was here biggrin.gif . I found out what I was missing from this forum and wanted more so I spent more and more money. If I didn't spend my time here and blindly went about my life with my setup I would have still owned it today and been just as happy. cool.gif

And a lot wealthier tongue.gif

I agree though, start with a receiver and a better pair of bookshelves. www.accessories4less.com has refurbished units which offer great value. Spend $200 on a receiver, and maybe grab a pair of KEF Q100/Wharfedale 10.1/Focal 705V

These are all much much better speakers than what you will get with one of those satellite packages.

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crazyrob, yea, I was a "live-and-learner" as well, but that is not all bad. I bought the SLS Q Line system about 5 years ago, and whiel the crappy sub and outdated AVR have long since been retired, I am still using the SLS speaker as surrounds in two 5.1 systems in my house. So while I wasted some money by not knowing what I was doing, I also learned a lot from mistakes and inadequcocies of my system and still have some of the original components in use today!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
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Pioneer with Energy Take 5's, you can't go wrong. Wait for the Takes to go on sale. They do all the time for huge savings and you'll be blown away by the sound.

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Do you think this is the "best" setup for 600? Energy take 5 and one of the networked receivers?
Yes, it's a great choice. I have a Pioneer VSX1121 with Energy Take 5's. I bought the speakers separate from the sub and put a BIC America F-12 sub in its place, and that thing is an absolute beast but I have a friend with the same setup and he has the Energy sub that comes with the speakers and it also sounds great, just not as much oomph as mine.

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