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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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don't know much about whats good and whats not. so, i need some suggestions. i am looking to spend about 500.00 on a surround for my bedroom. thanks.

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don't know much about whats good and whats not. so, i need some suggestions. i am looking to spend about 500.00 on a surround for my bedroom. thanks.

On that kind of budget, my suggestion would be an Onkyo HTIB. If you hunt/wait around for the right sale/coupon, you can get the S7100 for close to that price. 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, true HDMI processing (not just pass-through), comes with a mic for auto setting of the EQ for your room, and also comes with an Ipod dock that lets you control your Ipod from the Onkyo (or universal) remote. I'm very happy with mine.

I also have the Onkyo S5100 and another slightly older Onkyo HTIB, all 7.1. The only downside you'll usually read about is that the speakers aren't exactly small in size. Personally, I like that. They sound better to me at louder volumes than a lot of smaller speakers.

This stuff isn't super high end by any means at all, but imo it's the best bang for the buck with the budget you're looking at.
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i really want to keep it at 5.1 for the bedroom. do those systems have the wireless rear speakers? how do they get power?

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i really want to keep it at 5.1 for the bedroom. do those systems have the wireless rear speakers? how do they get power?
The rear speakers aren't wireless.

You can do 5.1 and just not use two of the speakers. That's what I did in my bedroom. I took the two extra speakers and hooked them up as the "B" speakers for the back patio. The only thing that sucks about that is with the Onkyo HTIB, you can only use the "A" speakers and "B" speakers simultaneously with a source that uses an analog connection. Not an extremely big deal since I don't have a TV outside, so I can still use it that way for radio or Ipod.

But anyway - the point is that you can do 5.1 just fine with a system capable of 7.1. Aything you watch on TV, and 95% of DVDs are going to be 5.1 anyway. You really probably don't need the True HD or DTS-HD formats either. I haven't looked at 5.1 HTIB, but I would imagine they would be even cheaper.
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cool. thanks for the info.

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On a limited budget and little experience, I would recommend HTIB as well.

I've had experience with Sony, JVC, and Onkyo HTIB packages. Onkyo impressed me the most.

For an air space as small as your typical bedroom the HTIB will work nicely for you. One of the main weaknesses of HTIB is a small and underpowered sub. However, that won't be an issue in your average bedroom.

Most of the new receivers have auto calibration, which makes it very simple for a novice to calibrate a Home Theater.

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I did the Onkyo HTIB in bedroom, want to say it was $399. Right now only using the front 3 speakers and the 3 channel stereo setup and sounds fine...
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