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post #1 of 13
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I am trying to get a 7.1 system with hdmi and the whole theater experiance. However I only have 1200.00. I was looking at the onkyo 9100thx. However online i think the speakers look very large. I need a smaller speakers. With a kick. Like I said I would like to think I am in the theater. PLease help me. I currently have the samsung ht-p39. And it does not do it for me. I have a blueray, cable box, xbox360, and ps3 right now. I could really use your help. My wife likes listening to the radio. so I need that feature.
post #2 of 13
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The less I spend the happier my wife is
post #3 of 13
Speakers that are too small for the room won't cut it - how big is your room?

Do you listen to a lot of music or is this mainly for movies, TV, radio?

You can do 7.1 but do you have the space for it?...that is, is your seating position (couch) against the back wall? On a limited budget I might suggest 5.1 instead and use the difference towards better speakers. Up to you though..
post #4 of 13
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No my couch is in the middle of the room. it is 20x 10.
post #5 of 13
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for tv, movie, radio, and gaming
post #6 of 13
How about this -> http://www.svsound.com/products-sys-sbs_black.cfm

5.1 is cheaper and with a receiver you'd go a bit over budget. You could always add two extra speakers later. It's geared more towards being a great performing home theater system, mainly because of the sub. Still too big?
post #7 of 13
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are those better then the onkyo. What about size?
post #8 of 13
I'm sure it is, here's the owner's thread -> http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=625876

The smallest I'd go is an Energy RC-Mini (4.5" driver) -> http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...energy-rc-mini
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...rgy-rc-mini-cc

Nice looking speakers...they have real wood veneer. They're quite popular but only the cherry and rosenut are reduced in price. I like the rosenut. With a decent budget sub and receiver they should be in the ballpark.

These Jamo speakers look promising but I don't know anything about them...except that Jamo is a respected speaker brand that just doesn't have a big presence in the USA:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...1827/jamo-c401
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...2/jamo-c400cen

You could definitely do 7.1 and be within budget going with the Jamo. Here's the Jamo owner's thread -> http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=872526
post #9 of 13
7.1 isn't really worth it right now...you're going to be paying for 2 speakers that aren't used in 95% of the things you are listening to...I'd take the money and make a better 5.1 system...

You could get the Pioneer VSX-919 for $400.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-91...4771730&sr=8-1

And then you can get the Paradigm Cinema 70 for $650.

http://www.amazon.com/Paradigm-Cinem...4771767&sr=1-1

And you've spend $1050, and you have a better sounding system than you could have ever imagined. Get all your cabling from Monoprice.com, and you've effectively spent probably abount $1100 for everything, and you'll have a monster system that will beat out anything you've probably ever listened to.
post #10 of 13
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Ho9wbig are these speakers. It looks very good. Do I need the Pioneer elite
post #11 of 13
That pioneer receiver is not an Elite model - it's a standard line one...you could get away with doing the 819 model as well, but the 919 has multiple hook ups for all of your components and would work a lot better.

The Paradigm speakers are 7in tall x 4 in wide x 5 in deep. You can fit them pretty much anywhere.
post #12 of 13
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Cool, Sounds good. I am looking for white cables. What gauge should i go With
post #13 of 13
As in speaker cable?

How big is the room you are using/how long are the wires going to be run?

You can more than likely get away with using 16AWG speaker wire.
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