Noob question... Home theatre

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  1. snailtrail83

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    I've been looking for a home theatre system recently, and I admit I've got no-idea in this area. The other day i bought a yamaha sytem at a retail shop. The receiver model is HTR-5650 and the dvd player is dv-s5650. I also got 6 speakers and a subwoofer. Basically I was told that this was the best "entry-level" yamaha package they had. It cost about $2800 australian dollars, equivalent to $1500 US dollars. But I was told I would have to wait a few weeks as they did not have the dvd player in stock.

    Since then, I have been looking around at specialty stores. I am seriously looking to cancel my order at the retail store, and investing in a better system. THe system i am considering buying has a harmon-kardon dvd player and receiver, with B & W speakers. All up it costs around $3500 US dollars. I would like to know what you guys think of a model like this. I don't know what model numbers, so i don't expect too much. Basically, i would like to know what you guys would recommend for about $2000-$3000US.

    Also, what do you guys think of the 60 inch LG LCD rear projection TV. I am considering buying this too.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Well the setup with the B and W speakers would obviously be better, but 3500 us for it? Thats a ton of money. Even 1500 for the Yamaha set seems way too high.

    How do Australian prices compare to U.S. prices? Also, what part number is the B and W system?
     
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    One australian dollar is worth about 67-68US cents. After currency conversion, the prices are pretty similar.

    The yamaha has a set of higher quality speakers. You can get cheaper yamaha systems that start at about $600US. However even with the speakers the yamaha set is still considered to be entry level.

    I'm looking to spend a little and buy the B&W speakers with the Harmon Kardon receiver/amp and dvd-player, b/c I believe it sounds a heck of a lot better. I don't know what model the speakers area, but the price is about $2500US.

    I was wondering what home theatre setups you guys would recommend for a budget between $2000-$3000US.
     
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    Well personally, if I had 2000 or 3000 to spend, I wouldnt buy a package per se, but piece the system together myself.

    What brands do you have in Australia? As for speakers, B&W is great, but IMO you can get a better value for subwoofers.
     
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    In Australia we have all the well known brands as well as a few Australian brands. For example... Denon, Cav, Boston Acoustics, Polk, JBL, Onkyo, Rotel, Klipsch, ALR Jordan, and there's a lot more. We also have all the mainstream brands like Sony, Panasonic, etc...

    I've heard Bose but am not too impressed by it. It seems overpriced for what it is.

    Genearlly, I would prefer if the speakers were all the same brand, but I guess you would know more. I was also told by a salesman(I prob. shouldn't believe him) that Harmon Kardon prob. make the best receivers in the price range($800) i am looking at. And also I was told (by the same guy), that wattage means nothing. The more important thing is current or something along those lines for sound. Any of this stuff true?
     
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    Yeah, Bose is way overpriced for what you get.

    That is true, it is typically a good idea to keep the same speaker brand for all 4 or 5 speakers, but the subwoofer doesnt matter at all typically.

    Harmon Kardon makes good stuff, but I don't know about BEST.

    As for the wattage thing, that is completely FALSE. I have heard people say stuff like that and it is quite obvious that they know nothing how electronics work; don't believe that.

    The most important thing to look for in a receiver is that it has all the features you need. Until you start spending a lot of money, the amount of power wont vary by much more than a factor of 2. And even then, thats not a whole big difference in output. Quite frankly, a receiver in the 300 to 400 dollar range would probably work just as well for you, and you could save that extra money and spend it to the things that REALLY will affect the sound, the speakers.

    I would start by listening to all the speakers they have in your price range at the store to get a feel for what kind of sound you like. As for the subwoofer, find the one that gets the loudest, goes the lowest, and sounds the best to you. And for the receiver, just find the one that has the features you need, don't be too concerned about what power ratings it has on it. Then come back and tell me your choices :)
     
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    it isn't that much $$ for b & w equipment. it's really good stuff. as for the lg lcd. no way, either get the new panasonic or hitachi one. they're both much better than the lg. also, don't go for the sony lcd either. the "grand wega" is just a horrible set. pm me if you want some more advice. i sell the stuff, so i know...hopefully anyway...;)
     
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    Thanks for your help so far guys!
    Got another question, is there a big difference between in sound between 5 and 6 chanel. Would you be willing to spend the extra dosh on another speaker?
     
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    I wouldnt bother with 6 channels. Most recievers these days are 6 channel anyways, so you could upgrade to another speaker later on if you really felt the need.

    In fact, depending on your listening position and habits, you may not even need a center channel, which would give you even more money to spend on the mains.
     
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    Anyway to buy LG products in the US??
     
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    I have no idea. I live in aus.
     
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    wow, i actually agree with you on something...;)
     
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    the way to pick out home theater, where mostly YOU will be listening to it, watching it, whatever, is to decide which one A. you can afford, and B. sounds best to you. I have helped people with 6.1, and such systems since their existence, and have found that the only way to be pleased with what you have, is to go to the store and LISTEN to them all, and pick one. ive actually heard speakers that cost 50 dollars outperform 2000 dollar speakers, based on the environment, how loud the were played, and what amp/reciever they were paired with. Good luck finding one YOU like...
     

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