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post #1 of 45
Thread Starter 
I am starting to look at home theater equipment and need advice and any recommendations on speakers/amplifiers that would be good to start with. I want to spend probably between $1000 to $2000 on sound equipment. I want the most for the money basically. I will be using my home theater for movies, Xbox gaming, watching HDTV. I have heard on other forums that Cambridge makes nice equipment. Also, wondering how this compares to other brands out there (Polk, Klipsch, Bose, etc...). Also wondering if anyone has any experience with HTD.com level 3 speakers/subwoofers? I have heard they are good quality for the money. Also, regarding receivers, I have heard Denon makes nice equipment. Any thoughts? Thanks!
post #2 of 45
You will need a subwoofer.
How big is your room? Are you looking for 5.1 or 7.1?
post #3 of 45
Thread Starter 
I am not sure whether to go 5.1 or 7.1 yet. My basement is about 12 to 14 ft wide and around 22 ft deep. Any recommendations on sound equipment to get? I try to research stuff, but it seems like there is so much info out there and some of it goes over my head, especially the advanced stuff. I am just looking for quality equipment that sounds good. Basically getting the most for my money. Looking to spend from $1000 to $2000 on sound equipment because I will be spending money on a projector and screen as well...Thanks!
post #4 of 45
I would go 7.1 with a room that size. Back surround speakers dont have to be expensive and they will help fill the room. A 7.1 receiver doesnt cost much more than 5.1 either.
post #5 of 45
You really should get 2 subs too for a room that size.
post #6 of 45
http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=1540&sc=27
This would do you well. If you offer them $1000 they will probably take it. I would suggest you tell them you want 2 PL200 subs and they will give you an even bigger break. And if you get the back surrounds from them too they should give yo a great deal. Say ~$1500.
That will leave you with ~$500 to get a good 7.1 receiver.
post #7 of 45
Thread Starter 
Good to know 7.1 would be the way to go. 2 subs would seem like overkill imo. Would a receiver be able to handle 2 subs? Looks like Cambridge audio might be the way to go. Does anyone know anything about HTD.com level 3 speakers?
post #8 of 45
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006JPDI/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AED492BX4II6G
These would do you fine for back surrounds. Ask acousticsounddesign.com if they carry them. They probably do. Ask them if they will throw in a pair for buying the extra PL200 from them. These guys are happy to wheel and deal as long as youre being realistic so dont think youre putting them out any.
post #9 of 45
Trust me, you will need 2 subs in that room unless you get 1 thats out of your price range. But you can always get 1 and see what you think. Thing is you will get a better deal if you buy them both at the same time.
post #10 of 45
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V673-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007JF85WE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380504027&sr=1-1&keywords=yamaha+rx+v673

This is a really good deal and a great receiver.
post #11 of 45
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Originally Posted by Rdawg16 View Post

Good to know 7.1 would be the way to go. Would a receiver be able to handle 2 subs?
Yes
post #12 of 45
Thread Starter 
Is BIC a good brand? Never heard of this brand. Are they comparable with Cambridge? Thanks for telling me about that website you can offer a price. Also, with 2 subs, would I need a 7.2 receiver. Where do you input the other sub? Does that Yamaha receiver contain 2 slots for subs? Thanks man!
post #13 of 45
Understand that having 2 subs is not to make the bass twice as loud (it wont). Its so that you will have better bass coverage in the entire room. With a room that size often times what you will run into with 1 sub is that you will have good bass in part of the room and poor to no bass in another part. By having 2 subs in 2 different parts of the room you will get better bass in the entire room.
You can sometimes overcome this by getting 1 sub with a lot of output and placing it properly through various methods but a sub like that would be in the $1000+ range and you would have to go through some difficulties to set it up properly. Much simpler and cheaper to just get 2 good subs.
post #14 of 45
http://www.avsforum.com/t/990726/bic-acoustech-owners-thread/4230#post_23778496

Yes, Bic is a good brand and have a great warranty. Many people here own them. They are particularly good for theater. I wouldnt really compare them to Cambridge. They are too different. Most people compare the Bics to Klipsch.
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post #16 of 45
Thread Starter 
Sweet! Thanks so much for the advice. I am going to seriously look into this system. Thanks too for the info on the 2 subwoofers. I think it probably would make sense to have better overall coverage in my room. That website looks sweet where you can make a best offer. Very cool! Any other advice on this system? Does that receiver support 2 subwoofers?
post #17 of 45
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Originally Posted by Rdawg16 View Post

Good to know 7.1 would be the way to go. 2 subs would seem like overkill imo. Would a receiver be able to handle 2 subs? Looks like Cambridge audio might be the way to go. Does anyone know anything about HTD.com level 3 speakers?

I prefer the Cambridge over the HTD Level Three - Cambridge is a good one, with tighter bass and a better midrange.
You can always expierment with one sub to begin with. The Yamaha 673 has 2 pre-outs for 2 subs. Your call.
post #18 of 45
Thread Starter 
Looks like there are 2 ports for subwoofer on that receiver...Is that right?
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by Rdawg16 View Post

Looks like there are 2 ports for subwoofer on that receiver...Is that right?

It was answered - yes
post #20 of 45
Which Cambridge are we talking about here?
post #21 of 45
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Which Cambridge are we talking about here?

The Cambridge S30 -
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS30OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S30-4-2-way-Bookshelf-Speakers-Pair-Dark-Oak/1.html

I have owned them and HTD - I still own the modded Cambridge.
post #22 of 45
Yes. I like the S30s too. They are a fine budget speaker for a 2.0 music setup. Dont see what relevance they have here.
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Yes. I like the S30s too. They are a fine budget speaker for a 2.0 music setup. Dont see what
relevance they have here.

Just trying to answer the OP's question - I have done more than just use them for music.
The OP may like Bic - they do make some people happy.
Edited by zieglj01 - 9/29/13 at 9:20pm
post #24 of 45
Thread Starter 
So I did live chat with someone from http://www.acousticsounddesign.com and he said they would do $1219 delivered for this system

http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=2272&sc=27

including an additional PL-200 sub and a pair of DV62si bookshelf speakers for 7.1 surround. Is that a good deal do you think?
post #25 of 45
Call Electronics Expo. They have some demo/open box Denon 3313 for $491. If sold out, they may sell you new models at reduced prices.

My recommendation:

Speakers: Infinity P163 @ $85 each x 5 = $425. No need for 7.1. Waste of money IMO, unless you already have some laying around.

Subs: Rythmik LV12 x 2 subs = $1060 shipped.

And get the Denon 3313 from Electronics Expo.
post #26 of 45
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Originally Posted by Rdawg16 View Post

So I did live chat with someone from http://www.acousticsounddesign.com and he said they would do $1219 delivered for this system

http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=2272&sc=27

including an additional PL-200 sub and a pair of DV62si bookshelf speakers for 7.1 surround. Is that a good deal do you think?
Absolutely. Youre getting a PL200 and the pair of 62s for $93 basically. And with tax and delivery thats a fine deal. It leaves you with plenty left to get the 673 and you will be under budget and in fine shape.
post #27 of 45
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-PL-200-Acoustech-Platinum-Subwoofer/dp/B001W3FXAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380567084&sr=1-1&keywords=bic+pl200

This is what the pl200 goes for ordinarily. Youre getting an extra one and the 62s for less than what a pair of 62s usually go for.
post #28 of 45
If you are buying from Acoustics Sound Design, don't forget to use the CODE: TV15 to get 15% off on all purchases!
post #29 of 45
He already haggled the price over web chat. Not sure if theyll give him another 15% but it would be worth a try.
post #30 of 45
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys. Nice to know about the 15% deal. May be worth a try:) I'm getting closer to ordering I think.
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