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Newbie Help - Considering Denon DHT-1513BA or Yamaha YHT-399UBL

post #1 of 6
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We're finishing our basement because we need the space for a baby.
Also means we get to put in a small home theater.

It's a 12 x 16 rectangle that will have some openings to on the left side. I'm not really picky but don't want to overspend and just get the best price/performance. I'd be okay with $300 - $600 as far as budget. I don't believe I need to spend more to get good sound. I've been living with TV speakers for awhile now so I'm no audiophile.

What I'm looking for:
  • 3+ HDMI in, 1 HDMI out
  • 5.1
  • headphone jack

At Fry's, I was recommended these two:
Denon $599 http://www.amazon.com/Denon-DHT-1513BA-Channel-Theater-Acoustics/dp/B007R8U5RG/
Yamaha $349 http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-399UBL-5-1-Channel-Home-Theater/dp/B00BW0X6EE/

I heard them in the store and they both sounded good. There just seems to be so many options, perhaps there are no clear leaders at this price point?

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
What options are important to you? Or, more precisely, what options do think are important to you? Ultimately, it's what sounds best to you. Specs are just a guide but don't really tell you how well the system will perform (especially speaker specs).
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by bengance View Post

We're finishing our basement because we need the space for a baby.
Also means we get to put in a small home theater.

It's a 12 x 16 rectangle that will have some openings to on the left side. I'm not really picky but don't want to overspend and just get the best price/performance. I'd be okay with $300 - $600 as far as budget. I don't believe I need to spend more to get good sound. I've been living with TV speakers for awhile now so I'm no audiophile.

What I'm looking for:
  • 3+ HDMI in, 1 HDMI out
  • 5.1
  • headphone jack

At Fry's, I was recommended these two:
Denon $599 http://www.amazon.com/Denon-DHT-1513BA-Channel-Theater-Acoustics/dp/B007R8U5RG/
Yamaha $349 http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-399UBL-5-1-Channel-Home-Theater/dp/B00BW0X6EE/

I heard them in the store and they both sounded good. There just seems to be so many options, perhaps there are no clear leaders at this price point?

Thanks!

I just got the YHT-399UBL and I was also considering the Denon, but the price gap was too big for me and the Yamaha doesn't leave much to be desired for a $350 HTiB (I was coming from a Sony HT-SS380, which was definitely a lesser performer than the 399U).
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice.
I'm going to play console games and watch blu-ray movies down there. I think the Yamaha should be sufficient to cover the room.
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Originally Posted by bengance View Post

Thanks for the advice.
I'm going to play console games and watch blu-ray movies down there. I think the Yamaha should be sufficient to cover the room.

yeah, I also use mine mainly for BD movies and gaming
post #6 of 6
Fry's this week has the Yamaha RX-V675 and Denon E400 for $299. Those receivers are FAR better than what you get in either the Denon 1513 and Yamaha YHT-399. Each of those receivers normally goes for $599 by itself.
http://slickdeals.net/f/6093694-Yamaha-RX-V675BL-7-2-Channel-Network-AV-Receiver-299-tax-with-FS-YMMV

The sale ends Thursday.

Spec sheet on Denon e400
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AVRE400/Denon-AVR-E400.html?showAll=N&search=denon_e400&skipvs=T

Spec sheet on Yamaha RX-V675
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_022RXV675/Yamaha-RX-V675.html?tp=179

Then you can buy one of these sat/sub speakers systems for $299 or less which will be better than the speakers in either of those HTIB packages.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325104


http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371557454&sr=8-1&keywords=energy+take+classic+5

Since you were willing to spend $599 on the Denon 1513 system this is a much better option.
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