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post #1 of 13
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I am new to the whole "Home Theater In A Box" and need some help. I don't want to spend a lot of money and I have read some positive reviews on these two systems. My living room isn't too big (probably my tv is 8-10ft from the couch) and we have an upstairs neighbor so I don't want to blow her doors open. Right now I have an old Sony STR-K750P and the sound is decent but I am looking to upgrade. Out of which two of these should I buy? Also up for new suggestions too!


http://www.walmart.com/ip/Onkyo-AVX-290-5.1-CH-Home-Theater-System/21064275

OR

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-Component-Based-5.1-CH-Surround-Sound-System/21081401

OR

http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=HT-S3500&class=Systems&p=i

Thanks again... I know nothing about this but I want the most bang for my buck.
Edited by polecats03 - 3/12/13 at 7:40pm
post #2 of 13
All of those are bad options. But no fear because you have come to the right place. I am always wary of buying electronics at Wal Mart after I found out that companies build special Wal Mart models which have similar model names such as 2500s vs 2500 and the special walmart variety is a cheaper built version... Not every manufacturer is like this but why take the chance.

Check out this website Accessories4Less.com That link brings you right to the part of the website where the HTiBs are in your price range.

Personally I like Denon so I would say either the 1513BA or the DHT 591BA (the later coming with Audyssey automatic room correction), but anything above the S5400 (including that one) in the Onkyo line is probably just as good.

Good luck smile.gif
post #3 of 13
Nick_si is correct about "special" dealer models. Costco and other retailers do this as well. One of the reasons it's done is so that the consumer can't price match for a better deal because you're not comparing the same model (2500s vs the 2500 in the above example). Denon, Onkyo, and Yamaha all make good systems so I'd pick a price point that you're comfortable with and then come back for suggestions.

I just looked at your links so it appears that around $300 is your price point?
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
I looked at that site... all refurbished. i dont trust refurbished things due to bad experiences.

yeah the 250-350 is my max range. so far i am thinking the avx-290 but also open to new suggestions.

thanks again for your help.
post #5 of 13
If you could stretch your budget a bit the Yamaha YHT-397 is a nice system. You could go with separates but at that price point, you'd probably get a better all around system with an HTiB. I have the YHT-395 and have been very happy with it. Speakers will be upgraded but they certainly do the job for what they are until then.
post #6 of 13
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What's Htib??

I like that Yamaha n found it for $248
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by polecats03 View Post

What's Htib??

I like that Yamaha n found it for $248

HTiB = Home Theater in a Box.
post #8 of 13
Anyone know what receiver comes in that AVX package? The reviews I read say it has no sub pre out so since it has a passive sub i would pass and wait for a sale on a new system... I know amazon has done this in the past. Your budget is really right on the edge of a big step up in quality.

Sorry you had a bad experience with Refurbished I can't say that I have, nor anyone who has had a bad experience with A4Less even when they were shipped a bad unit they got a new one straight away. It really does stretch your dollar.
post #9 of 13
Agree on the passive sub. The OP should really only consider a system or a receiver with an active sub. FWIW, the reciever on the Yamaha 395 system is the RX-V371 and on the 397 system it is the RX-V373.
post #10 of 13
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What's the diff between an active and passive sub?
post #11 of 13
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What's the diff between an active and passive sub?

A passive sub derives its power from the receiver or, if it is an integrated system, ie it has a built-in blu-ray player, it will derive it's power from the blu-ray player. Lower frequencies require more power so if you are pulling power from the receiver/blu-ray player, the overall audio performance of the system will be stretched, especially if you like big, booming bass.

An active sub has its own amplifier and requires, usually, its own power outlet. The bass response is MUCH better because the sub has its own source of power amplification independent of the receiver which leaves the rest of the audio system to use its power for a better and more dynamic response range. However, there are limitations to the response depending on the quality of the speakers. Bottom line though is that you always want to use an active sub.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
I went with the Yamaha 397. On amazon it was $248 plus tax for a grand total of 268. It had free two days shipping.
post #13 of 13
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I went with the Yamaha 397. On amazon it was $248 plus tax for a grand total of 268. It had free two days shipping.

I think you'll be happy with it. If you have any setup questions, just pm me.
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