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Home Theater suggestions...

My wife has agreed to let me get some new home theater equipment. The gear that I'm using has served me well for about 10 years, but now it's time to move that to the bedroom and put some nicer stuff in the living room. I'm looking for a new receiver and speakers. Unfortunately, she's cramped my choices with a $1000 limit. I really like Denon receivers and Polk speakers, but I've been out of the game a while on these things. I only need 5 channel audio (none of that 7 speaker shit; the LR's not big enough!) Does anyone have any recommendations? Please, don't say Infinity. I had a bad enough experience with their garbage car audio that I'll never buy another product of theirs, no matter how good.

I'm almost considering just getting some good tower speakers (something like these http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...k+Audio&tp=185) and adding pieces every couple of months until I get the whole outfit. Maybe the wife won't notice that. To be honest, though, my little Logitech Z-5500 set sounds good enough that I've contemplated moving them to the living room, but then my PC sound would suck. So, what are your thoughts?
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After reviewing a bit more, I'm really starting to get sold on the Polks. The models that I'm looking at allow bi-amping, so you can get twice the power to the speakers. Great news, considering the fact that I'll be limited to a puny receiver with RMS of only about 75 watts.
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I have a Yamaha set-up that works great for my home theater. I have an INfocus X3 projector hooked up to this, as well as a Sattelite system and my computer looks great on the big screen.

Yamaha - 600W 5.1-Ch. XM-Ready Home Theater System
Model: YHT-380

Product Features

* Complete home theater system includes 5.1-channel amplifier with built-in surround sound decoders, 2 front speakers, center-channel speaker, 2 surround speakers and a powered subwoofer
* XM-Ready: XM Connect and Play antenna and active XM Satellite Radio subscription (both sold separately) required for XM functionality
* Multiple surround sound decoders built in. Learn more about surround sound home theater

* Total output: 600 watts (100W x 5 channels @ 6 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD; subwoofer 100W); speaker RMS output: 150 watts (30W x 5)
* Multiple built-in surround sound decoders include Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS and more
* 8 DSP programs (5 Hi-Fi DSP and 5 Cinema DSP) create thrillingly realistic soundscapes
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* 2-way bass-reflex front speakers with 4" cone woofer and 1/2" dome tweeter
* 2-way bass-reflex center speaker with dual 3" cone woofers and 1/2" dome tweeter
* Full-range acoustic suspension surround speakers with 3" full-range drivers
* 8" 100W multirange subwoofer with 9 selectable crossover frequencies
* Silent Cinema mode allows you to enjoy multichannel music or movie surround sound through conventional stereo headphones
* Night Listening function emphasizes dialog and minimizes loud sound effects (to avoid disturbing others) while maintaining proper balance and dynamic range
* Compressed Music Enhancer improves the playback quality of compressed audio formats such as MP3s
* Front-panel mini jack for easy connection to digital audio players
* Inputs: 2 optical digital audio, 1 coaxial digital audio, 2 audio, 1 stereo mini jack, 4 analog A/V and 3 component video
* Outputs: 1 stereo audio, 1 analog A/V, 1 component video monitor, 1 composite video monitor
* 4 SCENE buttons optimize settings for specific listening situations, such as DVD viewing, disc listening, TV viewing and radio listening
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I'm hooked on my JVC reciever that has a USB input...........my home theatre system is attached to my laptop about 90% of the time the laptop is here!

Even though I like my reciever, I'm not saying you should run out and get a JVC reciever.......I'm saying that I wouldn't buy a reciever that didn't include a USB input!



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Denon all the way, I have an awesome system, using their satellite speakers and it is the best I have ever heard for unsder $1000.00 Canadian
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After browsing another forum, I learned that Wal-Mart was selling an HD-DVD player for only $100 today. Zipped right over, picked it up. I just tried it out on a regular TV (no HD TVs here) and the picture quality is great. I can't wait to get home and hook it up to our Samsung plasma tv. This will also mark the second time that I've bought Transformers.
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What about Onkyo ? You can find some great deals on eBay.
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What about Onkyo ? You can find some great deals on eBay.
I remembered that Onkyo and Denon always seemed to be very closely spec'd, with Onkyo always being cheaper. Knowing that, I checked the Onkyo receivers and found one that was nearly identical to the Denon I'd found, and it was $70 cheaper.
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Big Klipsch fan as far as the speakers myself. I've been using the same Sony receiver for 4-5 years now so I'm not up on what's new now. As far as TV's, Samsung DLP FTW. My 56" has been flawless for 3 1/2 years now. If I couldn't go DLP, I'd be in LCD 2nd, then Plasma last.
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For receivers Marantz,Denon,and Onkyo are all good choices. For speakers I would recommend Polk, Infinity,klipsch, or Athena.

I personally like this site for home audio gear.

http://www.audioadvisor.com/

Allot of their stuff is high end (above your budget) but they also have reasonably priced items from top brands.
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After browsing another forum, I learned that Wal-Mart was selling an HD-DVD player for only $100 today. Zipped right over, picked it up. I just tried it out on a regular TV (no HD TVs here) and the picture quality is great. I can't wait to get home and hook it up to our Samsung plasma tv. This will also mark the second time that I've bought Transformers.
I picked up one of these as well, what a great deal!

You may not know this, but you can get your HD-DVD player savings twice. There is also an offer for you to get 5 HD-DVDs free in the mail for buying that player. Save your receipt, and click the link below. The final cost for everything is like buying the movies and getting the player for free!

http://thelookandsoundofperfect.com/...ption_form.pdf

Enjoy!
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I picked up one of these as well, what a great deal!

You may not know this, but you can get your HD-DVD player savings twice. There is also an offer for you to get 5 HD-DVDs free in the mail for buying that player. Save your receipt, and click the link below. The final cost for everything is like buying the movies and getting the player for free!

http://thelookandsoundofperfect.com/...ption_form.pdf

Enjoy!
That's what I read on the other forum as well and it's part of what made me run out and get it. Great deal, though the player is slow as hell. Two minutes just to turn on?!
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Big Klipsch fan as far as the speakers myself. I've been using the same Sony receiver for 4-5 years now so I'm not up on what's new now. As far as TV's, Samsung DLP FTW. My 56" has been flawless for 3 1/2 years now. If I couldn't go DLP, I'd be in LCD 2nd, then Plasma last.
When we were looking at TVs (early April of this year was when we got ours) the DLPs absolutely blew us away, and we seriously considered one. The only problem was the absolutely awful off-axis viewing. The screen goes nearly black! I was more interested in the LCDs, personally, because then I wouldn't have to worry about burn-in. The deal we got on our Samsung, though, was too good to pass up.
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That's what I read on the other forum as well and it's part of what made me run out and get it. Great deal, though the player is slow as hell. Two minutes just to turn on?!
Yes, it is kind of slow at the turn on process, but this is something that all HD-DVD players suffer from. I'm sure some others may not be quite as long, but they all have a delay. It has something to do with loading the super-advanced encryption shit.

On mine, the time is probably about 30 to 45 seconds, though I upgraded the firmware and it seems to load up a hair faster, though not a significant amount. Firmware info can be found here: http://tacpservice.toshiba.com/Consu...andnotices.asp
Mine came with version 1.3 on it, and the current firmware is V2.5.
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