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Looking for a HTIB with Blu-ray playback. Any suggestions in the $200-$250 price range?

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I'm looking for a HTIB with Blu-ray playback. Any suggestions in the $200-$250 price range? I saw this LG HTIB at Best Buy and thought it might work. Any thoughts on whether the LG is good or what HTIBs might be better. Do most HTIB receivers have basic speaker level settings and bass management? Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this smile.gif.

Bill
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If you buy a HTiB system that has an integrated blu-ray player, the sub-woofer is more than likely going to be passive, meaning it derives its power from the blu-ray player. While you can get ok bass response, it's no where near what an active sub-woofer (one that has it's own amplifier/power supply) will give. The speaker connections may also be proprietary which makes it difficult, but not impossible, to upgrade your speakers should you want to. I think you'd be better off to get a HTiB system without a blu-ray player and just add that as a separate device. Your choices for a very good system would be much better and some even have an auto-cal feature for setting up the speakers that can be very useful.

However, looking now at your sig file now, I see you already know this wink.gif I'm partial to what I call the "big three", Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo so I'd look to see if they offer an integrated system that would work for you.
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

If you buy a HTiB system that has an integrated blu-ray player, the sub-woofer is more than likely going to be passive, meaning it derives its power from the blu-ray player. While you can get ok bass response, it's no where near what an active sub-woofer (one that has it's own amplifier/power supply) will give. The speaker connections may also be proprietary which makes it difficult, but not impossible, to upgrade your speakers should you want to. I think you'd be better off to get a HTiB system without a blu-ray player and just add that as a separate device. Your choices for a very good system would be much better and some even have an auto-cal feature for setting up the speakers that can be very useful.

However, looking now at your sig file now, I see you already know this wink.gif I'm partial to what I call the "big three", Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo so I'd look to see if they offer an integrated system that would work for you.

Otto,

Thanks for your thoughts smile.gif. I do have a spare Blu-ray player so I'll take your advice and look for a HTIB without an integrated Blu-ray player. Any suggestions for specific HTIBs from Denon, Onkyo or Yamaha? This system will be going in the cellar for my daughter and her friends for "Movie Nights". Thanks again smile.gif!

Bill
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I have an older Yamaha 395 system (no auto-cal feature) that has been a solid workhorse for us and has sounded great for blu-rays, tv, streaming, etc. There is a newer model, the 397 and probably even one after that that would be around the $300 range or less. Onkyo has a similar system for around that price point as well. Same would be for Denon. Ideally, you'd want to do separates but for cellar movie nights any one of those would probably be a good choice. I'm partial to Yamaha though because that's what I have.
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I just purchased this unit: LG BH9220BW

But at half the original suggested price ( from 6 to 3 hundred dollars), a little more than you wished to spend (even at half price) but a lot for the money. It was at a tent sale at Paul's TV (local N.E retailer). From what the sales person said, these are being replaced (as is the nature of the beast) with newer units featuring the Arimid fiber speakers. You might be able to find this unit at other vendors in your area.

I had a TIAB at the price range you're seeking now (DVD), and while it did the job, it wasn't nearly as sophisticated or well sounding as this more higher end one. I'd highly suggest looking for this type of "deal" or expanding your budget slightly. If this unit is anything like mine but even more improved: LG BH6830SW, it probably won't disappoint. Considering you're other hardware listed that well could be the case with an entry unit.

I know more expensive is always better and there's no limit, but if you move yourself into something that's not an entry unit you can get quite a bit more quality and features. I have a new LG plasma and my new TIAB integrated with it perfectly. ARC and the CEC worked as advertised. Although I use the optical (with the click of a single button) for some broadcasts.

The passive woofer is a tad of a let down. But these new systems, to my ears seem to be quite robust. I have an old Yamaha NaturalSound surround receiver (and an even older Sony) combined with some JBL speakers. I was considering resurrecting them in conjunction with a BD player. But these TIABs have made such improvements it wasn't worth it (considering the codects and integration).

I don't think you'll be dissatisfied with the unit you posted if it sounds like my new TIAB, but some bargain hunting or expanding your budget will reduce the chance of that happening.
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Otto,

Thanks for your thoughts smile.gif. I do have a spare Blu-ray player so I'll take your advice and look for a HTIB without an integrated Blu-ray player. Any suggestions for specific HTIBs from Denon, Onkyo or Yamaha? This system will be going in the cellar for my daughter and her friends for "Movie Nights". Thanks again smile.gif!

Bill


Hey Bill have you checked ShopOnkyo.com ? We use to get some great deals from them back in the day wink.gif
Perhaps you can get something worth a little more but for 200-250 range.

Dan
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https://www.shoponkyo.com/detail.cfm?productid=HT-S3500&modelid=105&group_id=1&detail=1&ext_war=1

Onkyo HTIB $279...

Sign up to be a member and they will give you a small discount on top of that...
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That's a refurb with a passive sub.
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yes it is
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