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I'm building my first home theater centered around a Panasonic 42" EDTV plasma and a Panasonic CP-72 DVD changer. In trying to come up with a good entry level audio system that will won't hurt the wallet much after my plasma splurge! My options after personal research are:


1) The Onkyo S760 HTIB - I'm a bit put off by the huge size of it all, but lots of rave reviews on it.


2) The Panasonic SC-HT425D, which includes the SA-XR25 receiver. I LOVE the size of the thing, it's like 1/4 the size of the S760 all around, but it has a fan in the back which might bug me. I love the size and look of the speakers and sub, but am concerned the satellites may not keep up with the big Onkyo speakers. Can't listen to this system in my area. CC only has it on display, not connected. After a rebate I can get it for the same price as the Onkyo, and sell the inferior F85K DVD changer.


3) The Panasonic SA-XR45 receiver, and "some other 6.1 speaker kit". The receiver seems very nice, but as a newbie I'm quite concerned on properly matching speakers to it. Plus, after buying it, my 6.1 speaker budget would only be about $200.


Keep in mind the best audio system I have in my apartment at the moment is my JVC FS-7000 executive stereo! Thanks for any advice!!!!!!!
 

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My budget is about $600. I visited some stores last night, and ruled out the Panasonic speakers. I also heard the Onkyo 760 again, and the main speakers sounded very weak on midrange and bass volume... as though they were just two huge tweeters! This was with my own CDs mind you. I also listened to the speakers that came with the Yamaha YHT-440. These were VERY nice, but this set only has 1 optical digital in... I need at least two, and I can't buy these speakers seperately. Finally, I heard the JBL N24II speakers... these were pretty amazing for their size and weight. Sonically, clear details and crisp, loud midrange and tight bass is what I'm after. The generic speakers in my 2003 Sentra sounded loads better than the Onkyo speakers in this regard for example, which is really scary!


So what I am considering now is:


1) Onkyo S760 HTIB, as a last resort.


2) Panasonic SA-XR45 receiver (love the size, worried about its fan) with either 5 JBL NS24II speakers, a JBL N-CenterII, and some kind of sub, or perhaps Yamaha NS-6490 speakers all around with a Yamaha sub and center.
 

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Check out the Yamaha RXV630. It gives a clean 80w/channel, does DPL2, DTS & DD 6.1, and can be had for about $350. As for speakers, I can't help you with what's left of your budget, but if you wanted to spend a little more, I'd check out Definitive Technology, Boston Acoustics, or Klipsch sub/sat setups.
 

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Check out the Yamaha RXV630. It gives a clean 80w/channel, does DPL2, DTS & DD 6.1, and can be had for about $350. As for speakers, I can't help you with what's left of your budget, but if you wanted to spend a little more, I'd check out Definitive Technology, Boston Acoustics, or Klipsch sub/sat setups.
I power my Wharfedale Diamond 8.3's with the RXV630. Kicks booty.
 
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