View Full Version : n00b in home theater need advise
06-23-2001, 08:45 PM
im thinkin of gettin a home theater system. here is wut im gonna get so far.
sony wega xbr400 32"
technics SA-DA8K 100 watt receiver
and maybe the jbl sc 135 system 6-speaker set.
its gonna be a small home threater cause ma room is small.
if you got any advice or recommendations for me plz post..thnkz
See if you can get the XBR450s instead. They have some new filter thingie to reduce artifacts. 3:2 pulldown or something. Will research when I get some sleep... zzzz....
06-24-2001, 04:44 PM
Welcome to a new addiction :)
You will want to do some serious research before buying speakers and a receiver.....as if you didn't know this.....try and listen to what you are going to buy before you make the plunge.....
My first theater system was a box set, and I hated the way it sounded.....took it back, did some research, and bought another box set that was much better.
06-24-2001, 08:26 PM
thnx....well is there any box sets that you can recommend? speaker wise that is. im gonna try to get my hands on the xbr400 if not the 450. but the reciever and the speakers are kinda undecided.
06-24-2001, 09:46 PM
how much would each of those XBRs cost??
The XBR450s replace the XBR400s, so the MSRP should be the same... Unless they are clearing out the 400s.
Boxed Set: *IF* you can still find them, then get the Energy Take 5's. What is your price range?
06-25-2001, 11:45 AM
willing to spend around 1,000..if not less. im gonna be totally broke after i get it. :bawl:
Edit: i have about 500-600 to spend...im really really broke.
[Edited by roboo7 on 06-25-2001 at 02:52 PM]
*IF* you can still find them, the Take 5's are only $249.00 for a set of 5 speakers. The Energy Sub should run you another $199 or so...
ufcrusher probably has the more updated pricing list. I know that the old Take 5's were eing phased out. It would be difficult to find them now.
06-25-2001, 05:37 PM
I will second the recommendation for the Take 5's....I gave them a listen about a year ago, and they are excellent for the price. With only $600 to spend, that doesn't leave much room for the receiver......maybe you can just get the tv, spend some time looking for a deal on the Take 5's, and save another month or two until you have a bit more to spend on the receiver.....I really don't know what to recommend in the receiver area, as I havn't shopped for one in over a year....I have heard many good things about the Denon ARV 1801 (think that is it). However, I don't know if it is in your price range or if it is even still in production. Check it out, it may be a good starting place to begin looking.
Let us know what you find out/decide.
06-25-2001, 10:52 PM
im talkin bout 600 for just the speakers. im wiling to spend bout 200 for a nice receiver. im kinda interested bout the take 5's. heard there really small. anyways the cheapest i could find is $586.88. thats including everything (5piece and sub). heres the site.
dunno if they still in stock though. for the reciever im thinkn bout gettin the Technics SA-DA8K. heard its pretty good. let me kno if you guys can get a better price.
06-27-2001, 02:03 PM
Ive actualy seen the bose lifestyle set for about 600 ....not the newest super tiny ones, the last model
06-27-2001, 05:37 PM
wtf..thats like 1,000.00 under msrp. do you remember where you found it at?? if you im bout to buy 2 or 3..shite
06-27-2001, 06:46 PM
at frys...and some other places. realise that is just the speakers and the woofer and they came out with smaller modle ones now ... this is the older model i think you can get this set witht he reciever and all for around 1000
06-27-2001, 06:48 PM
yeah i just checked Be$t Buys site and they have the speaker set for 1000. Frys had it advertised not too long ago for 800..and ive seen it once in a while for 6-700
06-27-2001, 07:37 PM
Bose sucks..........for the price.
For the same amount of money or less, you can get much better sounding equipment. And before anybody flames me for saying that, yes I have listened to Bose, and yes I have compared thier crap to other equally and lesser and higher priced components.
06-27-2001, 07:55 PM
hey francis i should go with the take 5's right?? but the price is kinda steap, guess its better than bose
06-27-2001, 08:47 PM
One thing you don't want to do is buy something that you are going to want to upgrade six months from now.....trust me, it is better to take your time and get what you want the first time. I went through 3 subwoofers, 3 sets of speakers, and 3 receivers before I got to where I am now. I do wish I had done some more research and listening before I took that initial plunge.
In my personal opinion, the Take 5's sound better than Bose, and are much cheaper. If you shop around a bit, I am sure you can find them for $500 or less.......provided that they still make them......However, $600 is not a bad price.....remember that you are getting FIVE speakers AND a powered sub......I spent more than that on my subwoofer alone.
I have also heard good things about the Klipsch box set, but I have never listened to them.
Start reading up on what you are thinking of buying at audioreview.com. Try and get into a home theater shop just to see what is available. I bought all my speakers (except the subwoofer) on ebay, and got pretty good deals on them. If you are interested, I have Infinity RS-3's for the fronts, RS-2's for the rears, and a CC-3 center channel. My subwoofer is the HPS1000, but that bastard is more than you want to spend, and probably alot more sub than you need. The Infinity setup I just mentioned could PROBABLY be had for close to $600 on ebay, but that is minus the sub.
Are you going to be using this setup for music as well as home theater? If so, then you may not want to get any box sets, because they generally are not very good for music.
I have been looking around a bit, and I belive that Energy replaced the Take 5 with the Take 5.2, but it is not listed on audioreview.com yet.
Here is the link for them from the Energy website:
Anyway, hope all this helps a bit......keep posting on what you decide.
06-27-2001, 09:01 PM
WOW..well im mostly planning to use it to watch movies wit but my computer will be hooked up so there will be SOME music playing and cs:D. is there a site where i can learn more about ht speakers?? i mean im not really sure if i should buy a package or buy it individually now. cause i always thought that if i bought a package the speakers would wrk well with each other..you kno. thnx alot
06-27-2001, 10:54 PM
I got my Energy Take5 set at Good Guys a couple months ago. They had 'em temporarily downpriced at $250 or something (as Leon mentioned). I don't know why they were so cheap, but I was on em like a fly on shit. The funny thing is I haven't been able to use them once. That's because I've been doing research on receivers this whole time. It sucks to have such a beautiful thing just sitting in its box in the corner, but hopefully the waiting will pay off when I find a great receiver.
From what I've seen so far, Yamaha makes great audio products and receivers are no exception. Their receivers have slightly lower power than others in the same price range, but will give much clearer and more solid sound. That's prefect for me cause I have a small room and don't need much power. I just want great sound. I've finally decided on a model and am saving up to buy it soon. Some of their lower end models go as low as $200. check em out.
now I just need to find a good sub....ahhh. the endless HT journey....
06-28-2001, 04:47 AM
Here is an excellent forum....havn't used it in awhile, but when I did, the people were very helpful, and are much more knowledgeable than me:)
07-09-2001, 12:01 AM
thnx. i've decided on getting the energy take 5's. and for the reciever im gonna get the integra dtr 5.2. someone on another forum recommended them. looking at my budget i've reconsidered the choice for my wega. i've now decided on getting the jvc av-27f802. i think its a good model. not as good as the xrbs but good enought and for 700 its worth it. can someone please give me some input on my selection. my room is pretty small so im looking for quality sound instead of sheer power. i may need a dvd player also, so can someone also give me a hand on that too. thnx in advance.
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