Good HT 5.1 system for $600?

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  1. audionoobie8954 Audiophyte

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    Hi all,

    I am looking for a good 5.1 Home theatre system. Primary use will be mostly Satellite HD DVR, some blu-ray movies and some music from iphone.. My budget is about $600. This should cover the AV receiver and 5.1 speaker set.

    Some basic research has yielded the following options:

    1) Onkyo HT-S9400THX 7.1-Channel Network A/V Receiver/Speaker Package (Bookshelf)
    Onkyo HT-S8409/7500 7.1-Channel Network A/V Receiver/Speaker Package (Tower)
    2) Yamaha YHT-897 5.1-Channel Network Home Theater System (Tower)

    Since this will be my first HT and I am a newbie, please recommend which of the above or something similar would be best for me? The Onkyo with thx and the yamaha with airplay both seem attractive. I am probably ok with pairing different AVR and speakers if there is significant difference. I am looking to buy in Feb '13 so prices are likely to hopefully reduce by then.

    I plan to also buy a 40" LCD-LED TV (no 3D) to complete my HT system. (budget is $500)
    Thanks again
  2. monkish54 Audioholic General

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    Can you up your budget by $100?
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    I might be able to stretch to $700 - which HTIB system or combination are you thinking?
    Thanks
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    FS-52 X 2 = $258

    BS-22 X 1 = $129

    SP-C22 X 1 = $99

    Receiver X 1 = $127

    Total = $614

    OR

    Receiver X 1 = $190

    Total = $677

    This is definitely the way to go. Better than any HTIB and they rival speakers costing many times their price. This is the ultimate budget system, IMO.
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    There might be some sales on the Pioneer speakers right now, making the value even higher.
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    Keep the front and center from the list above, but you can use the BS-21 for surrounds instead of the BS-22. This saves you $80.
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    Onkyo HTIB packages can be really good bang for the buck because almost uniquely they include good receivers in their packages but their speakers, like all HTIB speakers, leave a lot to be desired. Speakers are the heart and soul of any system.

    The Pioneer/Denon system looks like a better choice (especially with the AVR-1612 option) but I would plan to save up for a decent subwoofer when money allows. Unfortunately decent subs aren't cheap but you can probably get by without one for now.
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