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Denon DHT-1312BA or Yamaha YHT196 - First Home Theater system

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Hey guys, i'm buying my first home theater system and i'm looking for some decent out of the box package to pair with my brand new Sharp 60LE830

I have spotted two good deals (from what I can tell) during the Best Buy Christmas sale in Canada. It ends tommorow so I would need to know your opinion soon enough! Help me pick one of these :

Denon DHT-1312BA

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...f070a56e9fen02

Yamaha YHT196 (my current choice)

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...923f6b29f5en02

Thanks

Add : I would add a blu-ray player on top of this! So if you guys can recommend some nice ones, it would be appreciated.

some other decent options for the out of the box systems

Sony BDVE880

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...b547d17317en02

Sony HTSF470

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...e630bf033een02

Sony BDVE980W

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...f72ec7e9e6en02

Samsung HT D5330

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...162a5ca2d0en02

Panasonic SCBTT370K

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...637d377ed8en02
post #2 of 7
Ok, I'll jump in here before pokekevin makes fun of me again

If you like the Yamaha HTiB, I'd look at the YHT-395. It has more bang for less buck (at least compared to the posted BB specs for the 196).

As far as Blu-ray players go, I'd add at the Panansonic DMP BDT-210 to your list.
post #3 of 7
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By bang for your bucks what do you mean exactly? I'm not even sure what makes a setup better than another one when looking at general specs. -_-
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By bang for your bucks what do you mean exactly? I'm not even sure what makes a setup better than another one when looking at general specs. -_-

Don't bother with the samsung panny sony htibs (imho unless you like the dvd bluray combo) if you want sq.

Bang for your buck is like well you get more for what you paid. Which specs do you need help understanding? Just t make it easier ignore ohms for now lol.

I can see otto has struck here already haha. Another vote for the 395

If you want to do separate components look for receivers with mcacc/audyssey/ypao. They will help you with proper calibration for your room.
post #5 of 7
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Well what exactly makes the YHT-395 better than the YHT-196? I'm looking at the specs and they are pretty much the same

Thing is, I cannot seem to find the YHT-395 package anywhere in Canada (online that is)
post #6 of 7
First off I say 395 cause I bought one and liked it biased yea very much.

Now the second reason is the specs,
from what I can find the 196 only supports AC3/DTS while the 395 supports TrueHD/DTSMA. Can you hear an audible difference between the two? Some say they can but its not really that important unless youre like those people who just LOVE seeing TrueHD on the receiver lol.

Speaker wise, the 196s are slightly bigger than the 395s if im doing the math right but the sub on the 395 is slightly bigger. Either way the sensitivity (How efficient the speakers are at certain amounts of power) is pretty low so you'd need alot of energy to play these speakers "loud".

Also the 395 has an extra hdmi input!

It seems thought the 196 is a oconus thing. could the 396 be the same as the 395?
post #7 of 7
I see that pokekevin pretty much answered everything so there's no need for me to add to that. Thanks buddy ! What basically sold me on the 395 was cost and the fact that it matched the a/v formats of the Blu-ray player that I was looking at, and eventually bought (BDT-210). I don't listen at high volumes anymore so volume output is not a deciding factor for me. However, I wouldn't go with an active sub-woofer any smaller than 8" on any system that you get. A speaker upgrade for any HTiB should also be planned for down the road regardless. Speaking of which, Pokekevin, you've gone thru a few it seems so I may have to pick your brain a bit on that.
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