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So i've been gathering parts this summer to set up my first home theater system.


Here's what i got so far through various deals and craigslist:


Harmon Kardon AVR-325 (paid 95)

specs: http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers...tag=mncol;rnav


2 Boston Acoustics HS-450's (paid 80 for the pair
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link: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/HS-450-P163.aspx


2 Boston Acoustics HS-40's (paid 50 for the pair)

link: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/HS-40-P162.aspx



Boston Acoustics HPS-10SE Subwoofer (paid 85)

link: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/HPS-1...ofer-P173.aspx


Which comes out to about 300. i believe that's about as good as i could've done for that price.


I haven't started setting it up yet, as i move into a new house in two weeks, but i have hooked up the two hs-450s and the sub to the receiver and it sounds pretty darned good to my untrained ht ears. I still need to buy a center channel and I was looking at getting the Boston HS-225 which would match the other speakers and I hear it's important for your front 3 to match. I also have 2 Sony BS1000 bookshelf speakers which i could add to make it 7.1 but i dont know if i will as my living room is very small. The main reason I am posting here is that I am curious what you think of the pairing of those speakers with that receiver, I didn't know what i was doing when i got all of this, i was just crossing my fingers and following good deals. All the reviews i can find for that receiver are 6 years old and i don't know if it's still considered a good receiver in today's market. Does this look like a good setup in the making?
 

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So i've been gathering parts this summer to set up my first home theater system.


Here's what i got so far through various deals and craigslist:


Harmon Kardon AVR-325 (paid 95)

specs: http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers...tag=mncol;rnav


2 Boston Acoustics HS-450's (paid 80 for the pair
)

link: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/HS-450-P163.aspx


2 Boston Acoustics HS-40's (paid 50 for the pair)

link: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/HS-40-P162.aspx



Boston Acoustics HPS-10SE Subwoofer (paid 85)

link: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/HPS-1...ofer-P173.aspx


Which comes out to about 300. i believe that's about as good as i could've done for that price.


I haven't started setting it up yet, as i move into a new house in two weeks, but i have hooked up the two hs-450s and the sub to the receiver and it sounds pretty darned good to my untrained ht ears. I still need to buy a center channel and I was looking at getting the Boston HS-225 which would match the other speakers and I hear it's important for your front 3 to match. I also have 2 Sony BS1000 bookshelf speakers which i could add to make it 7.1 but i dont know if i will as my living room is very small. The main reason I am posting here is that I am curious what you think of the pairing of those speakers with that receiver, I didn't know what i was doing when i got all of this, i was just crossing my fingers and following good deals. All the reviews i can find for that receiver are 6 years old and i don't know if it's still considered a good receiver in today's market. Does this look like a good setup in the making?

You sir, have an astounding setup for what you paid. You will be very pleased for all typical music and movie listening.

For a while I thought that this thread was created just so you could brag about your finds.


The receiver will be more then enough for your speakers and will be a good match. The only limiting factor is that your receiver does not do HD audio and you will want to upgrade when making the move to Blu-Ray. Other then that, it has plenty in and outs to make a standard setup go round.


Enjoy your sweet deal you got.


Oh and just one last note, after you buy your center channel, the next thing you want to upgrade is your sub. A nice HSU or SVS will do wonders to your system. But until then your current sub will be great.
 

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That was truly a great deal for the speakers! Personally I would avoid mixing brands of speakers because they may not match sonically, especially in the higher frequencies. As for the receiver, it is in fact a Dolby Digital model and should have enough power to drive the speakers. However, as stated in the previous post, it does not have the latest HDMI inputs/outputs which would be great to have if you plan to use a newer flatscreen TV or a Blue-Ray player. Less "speghetti" to deal with. Hope this info helps.


Jeff

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Boston Acoustics, Inc.[/i]
 

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yeah, I know what you mean. I've got a nice big 1080p LCD already, I was planning on running the hdmi's up to the tv and optical cables to the receiver. That will make it a pain because i'll have to switch inputs on both the receiver and the tv but oh well at least all the quality will be there.
 
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