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I will be in the market in the next month or 2 to buy a home theater system. I've decided on the Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver and am trying to see if for the price there is a better option than going for their HTIB (HT-S6100)


It seems there is about a $200 difference...doesn't sound like much to work with. This would be for mostly movies with some music, although never extremely loud. Speaker size is not really an issue.


So, are there better options out there for speakers for say $250-$300 max?


I have time and would be hoping things go on sale so the more options the better, including more expensive speakers that have gone on sale in the past.


Forgot to mention, but I would probably be running 5.1 and not 7.1...
 

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That looks like a good deal. I also have a pair of Infinity reference 2000.1 bookshelf speakers that can be thrown into the mix...not sure how they compare though.


The room this would go in is about 25x25
 

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Are there better/other options I should also look at if I were to use the Infinity speakers for rear and concentrate on the front for $200-300?

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Yes. You could buy a pair of Infinity P362s from Fry's. They are one of the better bargains right now. For $119 each it would be difficult to beat.

If you have a Fry's near you you would save on shipping charges.

http://shop4.frys.com/product/522368...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG


Also, take a look at what Harman Audio is selling the JBL L820 bookshelf/wall mount speakers for on ebay. For around $200 you could do a lot worse. They are a very good speaker but require a sub for optimal performance.

http://search.stores.ebay.com/Harman...519532QQsofpZ0


On Newegg you can get a pair of Polk Monitor 50s or 70s with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...onitor&x=0&y=0


Polk Audio also has a presence on ebay with some good deals:

http://stores.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Direct
 

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Are there better/other options I should also look at if I were to use the Infinity speakers for rear and concentrate on the front for $200-300?

I think using the Infinity's as surrounds for the time being is the way to go. That gives you a little more to work with.


Take a look at the KEF iQ1's at AudioAdvisor. I just ordered a pair for my surrounds. They're sold in pairs, so you'd end up with 4, but still be in your price range. There was someone in the KEF Owners thread considering spliting a pair of the iQ1's, so you might be able to work something out with them.
 

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I will be in the market in the next month or 2 to buy a home theater system. I've decided on the Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver and am trying to see if for the price there is a better option than going for their HTIB (HT-S6100)


It seems there is about a $200 difference...doesn't sound like much to work with. This would be for mostly movies with some music, although never extremely loud. Speaker size is not really an issue.


So, are there better options out there for speakers for say $250-$300 max?


I have time and would be hoping things go on sale so the more options the better, including more expensive speakers that have gone on sale in the past.


Forgot to mention, but I would probably be running 5.1 and not 7.1...

I would say it's better just to get the HT-S6100 for now, spend $35 for 100 feet of 14AWG CL2 speaker wire and a thick RCA cable for the subwoofer, from a mail order place like monoprice.

The wires that ship with HTiB are usually very small gauge.

I would think you would need to spend at least $600 or more on speakers for it to be worth buying separates.

I believe you can get a good Energy 5.1 speaker setup for $600

(from "wwstereo")
 

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even over the Polk Audio RM6750 at the same price?

I was just trying to put out options.

Personally I would go for 7.1 over 5.1 for the same price.

But the Polk Audio speakers being smaller would be take up less shelf space.
 

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Yes. You could buy a pair of Infinity P362s from Fry's. They are one of the better bargains right now. For $119 each it would be difficult to beat.

If you have a Fry's near you you would save on shipping charges.

http://shop4.frys.com/product/522368...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG


Also, take a look at what Harman Audio is selling the JBL L820 bookshelf/wall mount speakers for on ebay. For around $200 you could do a lot worse. They are a very good speaker but require a sub for optimal performance.

http://search.stores.ebay.com/Harman...519532QQsofpZ0


On Newegg you can get a pair of Polk Monitor 50s or 70s with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...onitor&x=0&y=0


Polk Audio also has a presence on ebay with some good deals:

http://stores.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Direct

those infinity's aren't on sale any more. do you know of any other good deals?
 

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You've got a big space there so really given your budget, you won't be able to fill that space without some sacrifices.


Use your Infinity's for surrounds, they'll save some of the budget.


You'll have to forgoe a sub for now. A decent sub for that size space would eat up your entire budget. A set of front towers with good bass extension will play just as low as the HTIB sub anyway so nothing lost there.


So that gives us $350 for left and right speakers and center.


These will give you the low end you need and are fairly efficient. The MTM design has good vertical dispersion characteristics and for $260 for the pair, should get the job done.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290112


This center channel should provide good dialogue clarity up to 12ft away
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290105


That puts you at $400 and miles ahead of the HTIB speakers packaged in the 6100
 
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