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Should I get a Home Theater in a box with a Blue-Ray or without?

post #1 of 11
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I recently bought a 60 inch Panasonic Plasma TV and after listening to the sound decided I need to improve the audio. I have a relatively cheap legacy blue-ray player.

Should I get a new Home Theater in a box with a blue-ray player, or just the Home Theater in a box on its own and use my existing player?

For instance, looking at :

Samsung-HTD6500W-Blu-Ray-Theater-System

or

Onkyo-HT-S3400-5-1-Channel-Theater-System

Thoughts?

Thanks!
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by iceman09 View Post

I recently bought a 60 inch Panasonic Plasma TV and after listening to the sound decided I need to improve the audio. I have a relatively cheap legacy blue-ray player.

Should I get a new Home Theater in a box with a blue-ray player, or just the Home Theater in a box on its own and use my existing player?

For instance, looking at :

Samsung-HTD6500W-Blu-Ray-Theater-System

or

Onkyo-HT-S3400-5-1-Channel-Theater-System

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Personally, I'd get a system without a BD player. If the BD player ever needs repairing, you've lost your entire audio system for a time. Besides, most systems with a BD player use that power source to power the sub-woofer (passive) which just doesn't cut it. You're best off the get a system with a separately powered sub-woofer (active) and no BD player. You can get really good BD players (Panasonic BDT-210 for example) for about $100 or less now. That's what I did and the match up between the BD player and the HTS sounds and looks really good.
post #3 of 11
Why pay good money for a nice display, then settle for a crap sounding Home Theater in a box? The sound is at least half of the movie watching experience.
post #4 of 11
IMHO You should get a HT with bluray only if you have a tight budget and donĀ“t care much about a nice sound.

But if you want a "good enough" sound quality you should buy a separate HT
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by porsche951 View Post

Why pay good money for a nice display, then settle for a crap sounding Home Theater in a box? The sound is at least half of the movie watching experience.

Geez dude, what's your problem? Not everybody has the budget for higher-end systems (non-HTiB). This is similar to your $300 speaker comment. We're here to help, not criticize or put-down someone who's on a budget.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by porsche951 View Post

Why pay good money for a nice display, then settle for a crap sounding Home Theater in a box? The sound is at least half of the movie watching experience.

Don't pay any attention to him......


I give my vote for by seperate player from system

also if you have a PS3 that is an awesome blu-ray player
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

Geez dude, what's your problem? Not everybody has the budget for higher-end systems (non-HTiB). This is similar to your $300 speaker comment. We're here to help, not criticize or put-down someone who's on a budget.

He had the budget for a 60 in plasma. my point is that matching a cheap HTIB with a expensive display doesn't make sense. A nice display deserves decent sound quality to match. Doesn't need to cost a lot.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by porsche951 View Post

He had the budget for a 60 in plasma. my point is that matching a cheap HTIB with a expensive display doesn't make sense. A nice display deserves decent sound quality to match. Doesn't need to cost a lot.

given a choice I would choose better display over sound any day of the week......
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by YeuEmMaiMai View Post

given a choice I would choose better display over sound any day of the week......

Sure, but why not have both if you can? Many people are not aware of the difference a better sound system makes. You call me elitist, because I suggest spending more than 300.00 on a sound system if you have a nice display. Lol.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by porsche951 View Post

Sure, but why not have both if you can? Many people are not aware of the difference a better sound system makes. You call me elitist, because I suggest spending more than 300.00 on a sound system if you have a nice display. Lol.

Not everybody can afford to buy their HTS all at once. I agree with YeuEmMaiMai about buying the display first (which can be the more expensive of the two). That's what I did. Having never had a HTS, I went with a HTiB first to see what I liked and didn't like. That way, I can still listen to decently presented audio while I take my time to get further educated on what I want. There's always something better out there. However, I'm quite happy with what I have for now knowing that when it comes time to upgrade the speakers, I will be more than pleasantly surprised.
post #11 of 11
Separate Blu ray player would be my vote. Buy a close out receiver, Newegg has a 5.1 Pioneer receiver for $179 after discount this weekend. Look at the Energy Take series for the speakers and you would have a very nice starter system. You could also look at used/refurbished. I've bought most of my speakers that way.
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