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What are some good, cheap htib's for a fairly small basement (around 12'x10' or so) were fixing up the basement in my house for a second tv room and price is a big issue. Any thoughts?

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There are several choices in the $300 range. Probably Panasonic systems win out down here.

In the $600-800 range folks like Onkyo.

I then aside from Bose, you pretty much get what you pay for with most of the companies out there.
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The least expensive i've seen is $199. You can get an above average set up of seperate components for as little as 520

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Wal-mart has a good, quality system for less than $70:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...00000000147620

http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/01/79/99...95_500X500.jpg

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But on the other hand, Wal Mart is the devil.

Philips has some interesting affordable HTIBs -

http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2....id=25608&fp=F#

This one has a built in 5 disc DVD changer.
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That one at walmart does sound interesting, but i've never heard of the brand before..sounds like one of those crummy brands you find at k-mart where the demo unit is already busted..has anyone actually used it before? And overstock.com has some interesting prices too
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I have not read any reviews on that system, but I heard it and it is good for the price. It will not put out M&K SPL, but it does the job. It looks like a Awia transport for the DVD player.

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One of my friends actually bought that Walmart system. The first thing he did was throw away the speakers and replace them with small Dual bookshelf speakers that were on sale @ Circuit City for $10 a piece.

For $120 it makes or a pretty good bedroom system (9x12 roughly), although I would question how good it would sound in a larger room.
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I have a walmart ht-395 in the bedroom. Overall nice for the price.
Use the optical input from a 811 HD receiver, works well for DD5.1 and PL
Have Coax input from JVC DVD player.
Problems: Unit has a fan, not too noisy but you know when it's running.
remote, no code for it on my DISH remote.

Plan to buy another one for kids room.

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It's starting to sound line an interesting buy, the room it would be used in is around 9'x12' anyway, and i believe we still have an extra pair of speakers not being used..looks like a fairly cheaply made system, but considering i've never owned a good suround system before, i wouldn't have anything to really compare it to (a sad truth). Well maybe i'll be able to give it a try.. Does it at least feel like it's built strudy?
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I have one that works very well. I opened a thread on it but it appears here "is where the action is". Its a Durabrand from China. They have an even cheaper model for $48 and a the HT-400 which has 200W but doesn't have optical input as I needed. The HT-395 has both optical and coaxial inputs so I can support both a DVI STB and a DVI DVD player when I get them.

And it works very well for an apartment. Of course, I have the sub-woofer (not powered) turned low for the neighbors, but I do hear surround sound and it is definitely an improvement from the TV speakers.

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But seriously folks, do you really want to go to Wallmart and buy something that was likely assembled by unpaid political prisoners in China? With Wallmart's history of using undocumented workers and failing to pay legally required overtime, for the sake of my fellow working Americans I'll never shop there.
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...i think we get it by now..you hate walmart, let it rest
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fwiw, I agree with lespurgeon...
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Guys,


Lets please not forget about our good friends at Yamaha. You cannot over look this company when it comes to sound quality. If you just spend a few hundred bucks more then the Walmart speakers you will get a Superior system.

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/HTIB/HTIB_direct.htm
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Try the Logitech Z-680's.

I got mine for $260.00 off the net. 500 watts with a "Real Sub" and similar in size to Bose.
I actually use mine as a second 5.1 system in my living room upstairs. They truly slam and are over the top for just a computer. In my den with the computer I use the Logitech Z-560's they are a 4.1 system with 400 watts. I got them for around $100.00. I could'nt be happier. The Klipsch are nice my friend has a set, but they have nothing over my Z's.

Z-680 Review's
http://gear.ign.com/articles/375/375816p1.html

http://www.thetechlounge.com/review....h_z-680&page=2
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What is made in a single country nowadays anyways? Is every single surface mounted part in a Lexicon made in the USA? Does Dynaudio make every single part in their speakers in Denmark? Then M&K uses Eminence bass drivers (made in KY), save the MX-5000 which uses a Sanyo and they use Peerless tweets (made in Denmark). It is a truly global manufacturing and marketing industry. I am all for limiting outsources American jobs and I am a combat vet, but the fact is globalization is here to stay.

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I got this JBL HTIB setup directly from Harmon/Kardon for roughly 275 shipped.
It doesn't come with the crummy DVD player it originally did, but I have a more than decent Tosh-SD-4900 that'll play DVD-Audio.
it arrives 04/02 so i'll let you guys know if it's worth it if anyone's interested. HK always lists them on ebay.

http://cgi.*********/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...EBWN%3AIT&rd=1

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sorry, link didn't work try this...
try this one

or search ebay seller harmanaudio

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Obviously there are a lot better systems out there, but for a HTIB the SONY HTDDW750 is hard to beat. Was very impressed with the sound quality and got mine for under 250 including tax.

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I see the HTDDW660 at sony's site but can't find the 750. where'd you get it?

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we're very happy with the set..for why I choose it, see >

https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=350888

I never thought I'd need a unit with more then one DVD capacity, but now I wouldn't get one w/o that feature.

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I see the HTDDW660 at sony's site but can't find the 750. where'd you get it?
I got mine at BB in January...this is not a newer model and may be hard to find. Have also seen them at Wal Mart and CC but don't know if they still carry them or not.

http://www.circuitcity.com/detail.js...qp=0&oid=69841

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Kenwood makes a pretty good HTIB. I have one.

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Originally posted by hometheaterguy
Wal-mart has a good, quality system for less than $70:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...00000000147620

http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/01/79/99...95_500X500.jpg
As a Wal-Mart employee, I've seen that unit in action. It is horrible. Please do yourself a favor and do not touch that. The subwoofer is VERY boomy and distorts heavily. The sats are also very shoddy. I urge you to look for a better low-end system than that.

P.S. This is not an anti-Wal-Mart post. I am merely giving a legitimate thought on the product.
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This man speaketh great wisdom.

If you haven't ever heard of the brand name, like me in this case, that's all the clue you need. ;) And that price? Well, sometimes you get what you pay for. ;)

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You can find some great deals for a decent price around your range (moreso online then B&M from my experiences).

I picked up the Panny HT900 from Best Buy on sale a few days ago, and will be pairing it with the Panny TH50PX20UP (50" plasma).

I realize that HTIB is not for audiphiles (which I most certainly am not, yet), but for less then $500 MSRP you can find some nice choices.

Good luck!

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