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$800 5.1 or 7.1 Setup Help!!!!!!!

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a home theatre package around $800. I'm plugging in my PS3, so a receiver and speakers are all that I need. I researched for a month about this, and on that note, I'm still left with a boatload of options, an I'm not sure which to choose. All I'm looking for is a 7.1 (read: capable) receiver and a decent set of speakers.

I looked at these options so far:

Onyko 7300 or 9300 THX are my HTIB bets. They look pretty good for their price and from reviews (at least from older iterations), their speakers aren't too shabby. However, both of their respective receivers are capable of only Audyssey 2EQ. Is there a big difference between that and the MultEQ?

I also looked at the Denon 591BA, which comes with the Boston Acoustics speaker package. I wasn't too keen on it, considering it can't expand to 7.1.

Then, when I saw the price for the 9300 THX of about $800, I realized (and read) that I can piece together a setup myself. For this, I looked at an Energy RC-Micro or Take Classic set with a Denon 1911 or a Pioneer 1020K.

Which is the best route to go down? I'm open for completely different setups and suggestions as well.
post #2 of 28
JMO but for your budget, I'd recommend seperate components rather than an HTIB.
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hmm...I've been thinking about that too, what receiver/speaker combo do you suggest?

I'm looking at the Pioneer 1120 or the Yamaha 667, but is that uneccesary for my budget?
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by rgu
Hmm...I've been thinking about that too, what receiver/speaker combo do you suggest?

I'm looking at the Pioneer 1120 or the Yamaha 667, but is that uneccesary for my budget?
Those are great receivers but leave little for speakers. Personally those receivers are alittle to advanced for your budget. Good audio quality comes from good speakers. Spend 1/3 on receiver and 2/3 on speakers.

I got to say that there is little benefit to having 7.1 as a quality 5.1 system will be better than a piss poor 7.1
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
I've heard about that strategy around the forum.

What are good speakers/receiver mates then? I'm still looking for 5.1, so I'd rather have a cheaper receiver and a 5.1 speaker package than opt for a 2.1 or 3.1 option with a more expensive receiver.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
I've found a pretty good combination on Amazon for just a bit over my budget.

A Pioneer 1020-k for under $400
and the Mirage Nanosat 5.1 for $500

It comes right around $860. Should I splurge for it?
post #7 of 28
Do you have limitations on speaker size? If you could fit bookshelves you'd get better audio quality
post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
Size isn't an issue...I just thought this was a pretty good deal.
post #9 of 28
http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.asp...CESTXSR508JAMO

Just add a sub with the left over budget.
post #10 of 28
Or this and add a subwoofer seperately.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...897&CatId=4586

The 508 deal can be had for less here.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...895&CatId=4586
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

Or this and add a subwoofer seperately.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...897&CatId=4586

With a Bic F12 would be a decent setup!!!
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
On Amazon there's the same Jamos setup with a Denon 1911 or a Pioneer 1020-k for $70 more. i'm thinking that, considering the 1911 has superior Audyssey technology(MultEQ). I'm also worried about the Onkyo's heat issues.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
How do the Jamos compare to say Energy Take Classics or the Mirages? I understand they're smaller speakers, but would they underperform the Jamos?
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by rgu View Post

How do the Jamos compare to say Energy Take Classics or the Mirages? I understand they're smaller speakers, but would they underperform the Jamos?

The jamo's will cover a larger space and create a larger sound stage and all in all would be a much better speaker set

The Jamo with denon avr1911 with Bic f12 subwoofer would be the best if you can spend the extra money
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks...assuming I've set myself with the Jamos

Pioneer 1020-K or Denon? I'm leaning towards the Pioneer for its GUI and iPod integration, and I heard its MCACC calibration is just as good as the 1911
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
Bump...anymore suggestions? I'm down to the Denon 1911 or Pioneer 1020-K

There was this $669 deal on the Pionner and 1020-k from 6ave, but it has since dissappeared. Should I just side with the Denon then? And another question on topic, when would the Denon lineup get updated?
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post

Those are great receivers but leave little for speakers. Personally those receivers are alittle to advanced for your budget. Good audio quality comes from good speakers. Spend 1/3 on receiver and 2/3 on speakers.

I got to say that there is little benefit to having 7.1 as a quality 5.1 system will be better than a piss poor 7.1

Good points.

BTW,what size is your room?
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
20*18*7.5, so a good 2700 sq. feet. my tv is on the "left" side of the room though, so the sound field only need to reach about 10*18*7.5.

I've been shopping around, and I still want the deal for the S-426 with a 1020-k for $669. However, I'm having trouble finding any good review of the speaker set. Can anyone attest to this system?
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by rgu View Post

20*18*7.5, so a good 2700 sq. feet. my tv is on the "left" side of the room though, so the sound field only need to reach about 10*18*7.5.

I've been shopping around, and I still want the deal for the S-426 with a 1020-k for $669. However, I'm having trouble finding any good review of the speaker set. Can anyone attest to this system?

Decent set-up for the price. Its worth its price in my opinion. Jamo got some decent quality stuff.

Lot of people like the Jamo S406 HCS which was similar to the s426.

Just add a Bic F12 to the S426 speaker set and you will be golden
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well, after quite a while, I've come to a decision: Jamo S606, BIC F12, and the Denon 891. After cables and all it comes just under $1200 (yea, sort of a budget "expansion" )

What you guys think before I plop down my final order?
post #21 of 28
I think you'll like it.
post #22 of 28
Yeah, it sounds like it'd be as good as any other combo for that price.
post #23 of 28
Wait--you mentioned cables-what are they charging you for cables? Most people here spend VERY LITTLE for good quality cables. Don't want you to get ripped off. Price-wise compare them to what Monoprice sells the same cable for.
post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm buying quite a bit of accs. and stuff, and since you asked:

Some:

HDMI cables, 100 ft of 16 gauge wire from monoprice, some banana plugs from monoprice, a Toslink cable (from TV to receiver), a subwoofer (RCA) cable, some wood speaker stands for the surrounds, and a wire cutter

it all adds up to about 90 bucks, so if i'm missing anything or paying too much, let me know!
post #25 of 28
Are all the cables from Monoprice? You should be okay. Although no need to get the fancier stuff. Their basic cables are just as good.
post #26 of 28
OK, just wanted to make sure some dealer wasn't giving you a "deal" on the Monster Super Duper Flux Capacitor Reference Grade cables.
post #27 of 28
Are the Jamo S606 that big of a difference from the the Jamo S426?
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
From the looks of it...the Jamo S606 are aesthetically more elegant. And the S606's towers have that 8" woofer. So if you're buying the S426 by itself, look into the S606, since they're only about 70 bucks more. I want to say the S606 sounds better, but obviously I haven't heard either so I can't give you much advice there. Then again, if you're buying one of those "combos" that includes a S426 and a receiver, those also look like great deals.
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