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Let me start by saying this sight is amazing and full of great people and information. I've just started on my basement theater, and was looking at a 5.1 system and to be honest I'm totally lost. Anybody have any suggestions on where to start for a decent 5.1 surround sound system including receiver for around $1500? I've looked at the Ascend and AV123 speakers, but I was hoping somebody had a few more suggestions. Just drop me a pm or reply here and your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I recomend a few packages:


The Definitive PC600 Package is a good bang for the buck and comes with 5 Sats and a Sub at $799.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1177718655876


The Klipsch Quintet III System with a paired Klipsch Sub-10 Subwoofer also a good bang for the buck at $499.99 for the Speaker Package and $399.99 for the Subwoofer. Alot of times you can run across deals that give you the subwoofer for a discounted price when you buy them together.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1122654018549
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1099395911231


The Polk RM6880BK is also a pretty descent system in that price range but I would recomend the other two before this one.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Polk-...oductDetail.do


If you are a Bose guy and like speakers that will fit in to the room a little better (or your wife does) the Bose Acoustimass 10 System is Descent.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1142303272652


Receiver wise this is what I recomend:


The Harmon Kardon AVR247 is nice at the $499.99 price range. If your hooking this system up to a HDTV and want the ability to scale your other non HD components up to the resolution of your set this receiver has a DCDi chip that scales up to 1080i.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1170289629684


The Denon AVR2308 is probably your best bang for the buck in this category, you get the build quality and awesome sound of Denon in a $799.99 box (also has a DCDi Scaler).

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1177717702185


The Onkyo SR705 is also in that good price bracket at $649.99 but the Onkyo stuff this year just doesn't seem to hold up when compareing to the Denon in the same price band.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo...oductDetail.do


Hope that helps.
 

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I'm totally lost. Anybody have any suggestions on where to start for a decent 5.1 surround sound system including receiver for around $1500? I've looked at the Ascend and AV123 speakers

IMO you've already found two of the best choices for $1500 bucks.


You could pick yourself up a receiver for $500 (like the Yamaha 661) and put a system together for $1000. Between the Ascend 170's and the AV123 x-encore speakers I don't think you can get better sound quality.
 

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Thanks for all the help so far. I'm really leaning towards the Ascends, but I need to check out the Definitive Pro 60, since they come with a sub and the Ascends do not.
 

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Thanks for all the help so far. I'm really leaning towards the Ascends, but I need to check out the Definitive Pro 60, since they come with a sub and the Ascends do not.

Don't let the lack of sub change your mind, buy what you want and look for a seperate sub. Take a look at a BIC H-100, Hsu, or Dayton. All come highly recommended. I own a BIC H-100 and love it. Can be found in $250 to $350 range. Seems to be about right with a 5.1 system/$1500 budget including receiver.
 

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I have the Onkyo 605 and it is a great receiver functionality wise. I can do ALMOST everything. You can find it for around 400 bucks.


A good alternative to the most commonly recommended ID speakers are elemental designs. They have big lead times on their subs and are back ordered till February 11th on a lot of their speakers but for just over 1100 you could get:


L/R: A6 6t6 towers

C: A6 6t6 mtm

surrounds: A5 5t5 mtm

Sub: A3-300


You can downgrade the sub to an A3-200 or upgrade the speaker in the A3-300 sub depending on what's good for you. The A5 5t5s might also be overkill for surrounds.


I have a A6 6t6 mtm center right now that I like, and I'm waiting on my towers and A3-300 with speaker upgrade.


From what I've read some of the other speaker companies are a little more well regarded for their main speakers, but at the same time you get a lot more bang for your buck with eD. At the same time many people prefer the A6 towers over many of the other ID companies comparable (and more expensive) speakers. Also, if you can handle the wait the eD subs are best in class.

http://www.edesignaudio.com/edv2/htpackage.php
 

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The BIC mentioned might be another good idea. The Cinema 6 series was recommended by many @ $800 with the sub included. Add in the HK247 or Onkyo 605 and you're at $1300, tax and shipping will still keep you under the $1500 mark.
 

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I have never heard of the Elemental Design brand and I cant find much info on these either. Does anyone know anything about these speakers and how they compare?
 

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I have never heard of the Elemental Design brand and I cant find much info on these either. Does anyone know anything about these speakers and how they compare?

eD is primarily known for car audio equipment (especially subs), but they have gotten into the HT game and are doing alot of things well. You should check out the owners thread for some nice pics and good info about the brand. You can also give them a call. Their techs and sales people are very knowledgeable and friendly. Regardless of what speakers you decide to go with, you should at least consider 1 of eD's subs, assuming you can tolerate the long lead times (all of their subs are made-to-order).
 

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I currently am on my trial period for Aperion (the Intimus 533 PT Cinema HD that got 8.7 on cnet). sounds good so far..but it's a little higher than your budget. Aperion does have some speakers for your budget that im sure sound great as well. Polk has some good stuff do (just wasn't to my liking).


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I also +1 on the onkyo 605. it's $400..not the best receiver out there, but I would say the best value for those on a relatively healthy budget like you and me. It leaves you $1100 to spend on speakers..u can find some great speakers that the 605 should be able to push. Kef 2005, should be in that budget, and I think some of the lower model Aperion cinema systems.

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