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post #1 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 07:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Im moving into my new place in a month or so [condo in a highrise building], and I need to setup the entertainment system.

I've pretty much narrowed the selection for a TV (46"/47" LCD 1080p TV), -but I have a few questions on the rest... Im assuming I need an av receiver to connect the TV, PS3, and speakers to?
Since Im in a condo, -Im not too worried about achieving big sound. In fact, Im probably going to start with a 2speaker setup instead of surround (It's only a 710 sq/ft condo).

What receiver should I get? Or should I just connect the speakers and ps3 straight to the TV?

Is it possible to get a quality av receiver for under $300? how about $200?


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You can get a quality receiver in your desired price range. IMO, the main sacrifice made is power. But in a smaller room with reasonable sound levels, it's not a big deal.

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at least do a 3 channel with center and left/right. That will help with movie viewing and general watching TV.

then do a small 8" sub and just turn it way down....that will help with bass management of the other 3 speakers.

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Thanks, 3channel makes sense. Any recommendations for the receiver?
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If you don't mind buying refurbished products you can extend the $s and buy more features for the budget. And since you have a small space a future 5.1 setup is about all a small room can handle - the Denon 590 is a very full featured AVR with Audyssey MultEQ - in the Onkyo line the 7.1 channel SR508 or RC160 - both with Audyssey 2EQ. I would pick the 590 for the much better Audyssey version.

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If you can find one at this time the Yamaha 665/765 may also fit your budget. Give them a look also.
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If you can find one at this time the Yamaha 665/765 may also fit your budget. Give them a look also.

The 665 is available - and the 765.

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The 665 is available - and the 765.

Newegg also has the 765 with a coupon code. Free shipping and authorized dealer.
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Newegg also has the 765 with a coupon code. Free shipping and authorized dealer.


I got this last week for 319 shipped to my door. Its an AMAZING AVR for what I need. Very hard to beat this bang for the buck now.
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Newegg also has the 765 with a coupon code. Free shipping and authorized dealer.

Yamaha lists Amazon as an authorized dealer. You bring up a good point - Amazon buyers do need to make sure they are buying from AMAZON and not one of the retailers that do business there.
Its best to check Newegg on the weekends as they have some killer prices - sign up for their newsletter too.
I think I spend half my disposable income between these two places.
My nearest 'big box' store is a Wal-Mart.

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