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budget home theater vs Logitech Z5500

post #1 of 7
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Hi users of avs forum,

Im new to this forum and new to audio/video systems. I have a little dilemma. I just bought a samsung ps42c430 with Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse and was wondering what the best solution is, to buy a budget home theater system for 300 euros or a logitech z5500 speaker system. I watch mkv,divx files with the onboard movie player from samsung and play my xbox games and dvds on the television.

This is my set up idea,

Xbox 360 hdmi-->tv-->(optical output from tv) Logitech z5500 (dolby

or

xbox 360 hdmi-->tv-->(optical output from tv) Home theater

Which one is the best solution?

Thanks for the help in advance!
post #2 of 7
I currently have the Logitech Z-5500 for 4 years, great system so far, but so limited in inputs, to the point that I will sell it, currently waiting for the Onkyo S5300 to arrive.

Why? because I need more inputs, features and HD audio decoding. Current devices are PS3, Tvix M-6500A, Wii and the PC.

If you have a good size room, I would recommend getting a HTIB, like Onkyo, you will get better features and functionality. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, a system like the Onkyo S3300 would be fine, getting good reviews so far on Amazon and NewEgg.

If you can spend like $200 more, look into the S5300, much better than the S3300, also look at Yamaha. You can also look into separate receivers and a speakers set for better sound quality, but it will be more expensive, or not too far if you manage to get good deals.
post #3 of 7
I already went this route, I tried out some Sony and Onkyo HTIB's along with Z-5500's and just about any decent HTIB will be better than the Z-5500 system. I second the recommendation for the Onkyo HTIB, they are the best quality for the money.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys!

Just found out that the local shop does not offer the onkyo S3200
Any other good options for the price range of 300 euros?

EDIT:
Just found an online store selling the S3305 for 305 euros. At the onkyo site I couldnt find the S3305. Does anybody know the difference between the S3200 and the S3305? And wasnt the HDMI out on the S3200 video only?
post #5 of 7
I have been discerning the same, I got MY Z5500 5 YEARS AGO, they are wonderful, I am not sure if a budget HTIB could be better, I don´t think so, maybe in qty connections and HD AUDIO FORMATS DECODER but in quality sound output not, if you use a high end sound card the quality level performed is outstanding, I am an audiophile and I know what am saying.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by yumurino View Post

I have been discerning the same, I got MY Z5500 5 YEARS AGO, they are wonderful, I am not sure if a budget HTIB could be better, I don´t think so, maybe in qty connections and HD AUDIO FORMATS DECODER but in quality sound output not, if you use a high end sound card the quality level performed is outstanding, I am an audiophile and I know what am saying.

If you are an audiophile you must be a bad one at that. You have no clue what you are talking about

Quality sound comes from quality audio outputs before it reaches the speakers that means HD audio codecs Also the z5500 has one driver most budget systems have midrange and tweeter as its the better combo
post #7 of 7
I thought the Z 5500 was awesome when I got it waaay back.
Then I tried out the Onkyo HT-S3200... I must say, it was a step up.

Honestly, Z 5500 is only good for gaming and some movie watching. Mediocre for music in my experience. (Always lacking in something for me...)

Onkyo HTiB that I had did good with movies and game, even music sounded better.

I would definitely go with an Onkyo instead of Z 5500. It's more full featured.
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