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Nismo
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Im after a budget system, not really sure what I want, just know i don't really want to spend anymore than 400-500 on a 2:1 or 5:1 system.

It cant really be super powerful as the neighbour can already hear the TV through the wall, but this might partially be because of the rear firing speakers.

Anyone got any recommendations, been looking on Richer Sounds, they have some AV receivers for around the 150-200 mark.

Just not sure on speakers, i prefer the idea of wall mounted rather than floor standing as we have some family kids around a lot and cant bare the idea of a finger through a cone

I also dont really like the small tiny speakers, prefer the style of book shelf ones, but am i right in thinking the surround sound speakers are small for a reason?

All help appreciated, even yours John how negative it might be
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http://www.richersounds.com/information/home-cinemasystems

System 2. Good budget kit.


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The Boston cubes are really decent but i'd personally hunt for an Onkyo or Denon over that Sony, although you'll probably have to go secondhand on the AV to keep it in budget.


Unless you need video switching something like an Arcam AVR100 or Cryus AV master + Power Amps (ideally Cryus but they still tend to be stupidly prices, Rotel 960/970 PA's are still decent though). Then grab a pair of B&W 601/602's and a centre channel. A pair of CM1's might be doable as well.

Edit - There's a pair of P6's on eBay (corner damage unfortunately but nothing that couldn't be fixed) at a decent price

[Edited on 26-10-2012 by Dom]
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quote:
Originally posted by Nismo

I also dont really like the small tiny speakers, prefer the style of book shelf ones, but am i right in thinking the surround sound speakers are small for a reason?


Nah I got bookshelf's all round, if I had space I'd have floorstanders at the front and bookshelves behind though.

It's mostly a space/budget reason why people have smaller speakers at the back - 90% of your speaker budget should be spent on the three front speakers being realistic.

Definitely go for some entry-level separates with your budget - Onkyo do some great entry level receivers for 2-300 quid.

Wharfedale are a decent shout with their "Diamond" range speakers. I think the 10.1's go for about 150 and the centre for about 100. You could either get 10.1s for the rear as well so 400 total on speakers, but alternatively the smaller Diamond 9's are like 50 nowadays and they make great rears.

I've not mentioned a Sub, when I first did my setup somebody (wisely) recommended me to blow my budget on receiver and the 5 speakers first, Sub can always come afterwards.




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quote:
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i'd personally hunt for an Onkyo or Denon over that Sony
For a budget kit I think that Sony will do really well. The Boston's aren't exactly picky when it comes to receiver either.
Something like a second hand Denon 2312 will obviously be better, but I'm not sure you could get that for 200!?

This setup will be a good base to work from as well, if you want to upgrade later.


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I like the Onkyo thing i bought awhile back.

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/home-cinema-packages/onkyo-htx-22hdx-review-50001677/

Not sure if thats what you meant as i don't read things properly
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ive got b&w front and centre speakers, yamaha prologic pre amp and sub with jamo rear speakers sounds great but cant turn it up or neighbours complain. if you buy seperates you can mix and match and get a bit at a time so end up with a set up that you can expand on as time goes on. get a decent pre amp to start and a pair of speakers.
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that sony receiver is a great bit of kit for strating out - also sounds good for stereo too for music

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quote:
Originally posted by 3CorsaMeal
I like the Onkyo thing i bought awhile back.

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/home-cinema-packages/onkyo-htx-22hdx-review-50001677/

Not sure if thats what you meant as i don't read things properly


Can also recommend this, mates have all bought them since hearing it.
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I like the idea of that Onkyo all in one unit.

What are peoples feelings towards sound bars?
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quote:
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I like the idea of that Onkyo all in one unit.

What are peoples feelings towards sound bars?
Good sound is not compact, it's as easy as that.

That said, I know a lot of people who live happily with sound bars, stereo kits and small all-in-one kits that I'd never settle for.

It's a matter of meeting your needs.



 
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