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Old 03-19-2009, 01:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Im looking to get a home theater set up for around $500-700. Im pretty new to all this HDTV and audio stuff but have some basic knowledge. I have a Panasonic TH-42PZ80U. I need a receiver with at least 3 hdmi inputs for a Xbox 360, PS3 and possibly a HDdvr. We have basic cable right now(just local hd channels) but looking to upgrade. Main use will be for movies and gaming and a little bit of music. Were also in a small apt with thin walls so I cant have anything that would piss off my neighbors but dont want anything thats gonna dissappiont. So my first question is which receiver should I get. Im looking to spend around $300-400 on a receiver. I dont know much about hdmi switching vs repeater. Also with receivers that upscale to 1080 if I connected my cable to the receiver would it upscale everything to 1080i or at least 720p. As far as speakers I want to spend around $200-400 maybe $500. At first I was leaning towards the Onkyo 6100 system but have heard bad reviews on the speakers. As far as receivers I was contemplating the onkyo
tx-sr606 but Ive read alot of complaints about them. So maybe the Yamaha RX-V565 would be a good choice.

Some speaker set ups Im looking towards are
Polk RM6750 $199
Polk RM85 $399 w/ Polk PSW10 $99
Polk RM95 $499
Energy Take Classic 5.1 $350-399
TSC LCR18-HT 5.1 $249
TSC TSBT-HT 5.1 $499
TSC TSAT-1000-HT8-B $399
TSC TSAT-1000-HT10-B $449
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I would recommend the Energy speakers over the Polk. Check with Audio Advisor as they usually discount Energy speakers, or have them on clearance. As for a receiver I recommend you get a fully warranted (2 yrs) refurb direct from Harman Kardon at harmanaudio.com (specials) or the H/K eBay store. For your cables/connects/wires go to Monoprice. Get at least 14 gage speaker wire and if you plan to run in-wall be sure it is fire rated for that. If there are long runs over 50 feet use 12 gage. I also recommend their banana plugs - very convenient and will help avoid electrical shorts.

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Old 03-20-2009, 04:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Ive been looking at the new yamahas rx-v465, rx-v565, rx-v665. The rx-v465 is more up my alley price wise just wondering if i need the upscaling with the rx-v565
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