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Ultimate Geek

# 109500 20-Sep-2012 19:31
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Looking at buying a budget home theatre setup (amp and speaker package)
Around $1000 to spend.

Currently looking at Onkyo SR313 amp, anybody got one? any recommendations?
was $299 when i was looking earlier today

Also looking for a 5.1 speaker setup, considering a smaller setup eg
As the room doesn't have that much space for big floor standing speakers.

Will be hooked up to a 42" Panasonic V20 plasma, PS3, My Sky +, PC
Mostly used for watching TV and Blu Ray and games from PS3. Current sound from TV is pretty crap in blu ray movies and especially HD SOHO, can barely hear the talking above the background noise.

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Uber Geek

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  # 689094 20-Sep-2012 20:55
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This thread mentioned the Onkyo HTS4505 from jbhifi.

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Uber Geek

  # 689136 20-Sep-2012 22:24
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Currently looking at Onkyo SR313 amp, anybody got one? any recommendations?
was $299 when i was looking earlier today

Was looking at the SR313 myself in JB the other day. It only has spring loaded clips for sperker connection. Anything without screw terminals for speakers isn't acceptable to me. They won't accept any decent size speaker wire.
Sadly it's the old story, you want quality, you pay more.


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Uber Geek

  # 689137 20-Sep-2012 22:26
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A couple of things...
The receiver the OP has listed is the single cheapest from a company who are proud to plumb the depths. Don't expect to be blown away. It's effectively be running clock radio power supplies inside.
The speakers should be okay for satellites if you have the ability / inclination to set them up well in the room. However DO NOT pay the price they've listed on their site. You can buy these speakers for $550 easily. That's actually the most expensive I've seen them on JB's site. Often they're on the site for very little, but when you follow the link they aren't actually in stock... so yeah... play the waiting game?


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Master Geek

  # 689161 21-Sep-2012 01:10
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I went and got the Onkyo SR313 from JB the other day. I am very happy with it so far.
Haven't set it fully yet ( need to go to jaycar and get another hdmi cable) so I can use the on screen display.
I'm sure others will disagree, but for $299 you cant go wrong. On screen display, mp3 on usb sticks & ipod connection....
For the few times I want surround sound while watching a blu-ray or the boy is playing ps3, I couldn't justify the extra $$$ for another receiver.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 689627 21-Sep-2012 19:39
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right idea going separate amp and speakers

would never recommend a htib system - plastic speakers will NEVER sound good and you will have issues adding components or upgrading

re the amp:

i hear what the other poster is saying about it being the cheapest onk - but for the money @ $299 you simply wont find the same feature set from any other manufacturer at that price (fyi - reliability has been patchy with onk av receivers in recent years - not sure how this one is going....)

that said - online reviews for the amp don't seem too bad either - esp considering the price - but often the reliability issue happens after a bit of time...

re the speakers:

personally i struggle to like satellites for fronts - but this is a highly personal thing  - i like it loud :p

suggest you listen to the 5.1 set - and see if they work for you - if they do then great

would be even better if they were willing to set the 313 amp up with the speaker set you are looking harm in asking....

an alternative would be to get a pair of floor standers first and add a centre and surrounds later, as budget permits

these get good reviews for the money - ie. wharfedale 9.5:

2nd hand @ $450

new @ $690

personally i believe this would be a FAR better option than the 5.1 set - and it would simply MURDER the htib option

good luck with your decision : )


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Uber Geek

  # 689648 21-Sep-2012 20:22
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I'd struggle to recommend a Diamond 9.5 set of floor standers on an amp like that...
They're trickier to drive than the Onkyo could ever muster I'm afraid. Adding a big set of speakers to a SR313 would be akin to latching a double axle caravan onto an Austin Mini.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 689718 21-Sep-2012 21:56
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you may be right - but if the sr313 is putting out 80rms and he doesn't overdrive them it shouldn't be too bad - should it?

that said this could be personal bias for playing things "loud" steering him towards the 9.5s : /

my final comment......

as with all things audio - whatever you end up leaning towards, audition them with music / movies you know - and if it sounds good to you and the price is right, i reckon push go....

beware though - this stuff is a little addictive and it all starts so innocently, with just one purchase.... :)


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  # 689724 21-Sep-2012 22:15
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I haven't managed to find anywhere that gives power specs other than the somewhat 'hopeful' boasts from Onkyo, so I strongly doubt a genuine 80 watts per channel.
Take its non-discrete amplification, the same power supply as you'll find in your basic iPod alarm clock - then combine it was a tricky to drive floor stander, and odds on it'll be clipping well before it delivers half decent volume.
If it is combined with satellite speakers as the OP initially stated, it'll be fine... but anything bigger than a 5 channel bookshelf arrangement and I'd be doubting its capabilities.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 689774 22-Sep-2012 07:06
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opps - edit to my last post - 313 puts out 65w rms

still reckon its worth a listen given the budget mentioned....

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  # 689872 22-Sep-2012 13:21
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Thanks for all the advice, i won't be spending lots of money on this system so no point recommending anything much more expensive. It really is mainly for TV and movies, need clear speech from movies and TV and a bit more punch for the low end stuff. Not all that worried about perfect reproduction or high volume levels or even music playback.

However would consider a slightly higher end amp if you can recommend one that would be noticeably better for up to $600ish.
Still thinking the satellites would be the best way to go for the room size and space. Any other good sets for under $1000?

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Master Geek

  # 690069 23-Sep-2012 07:45
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Hey Hazza,

I posted on here a couple of months ago (here) as I was also looking for a budget home theatre solution. I also happened to be looking at one of the Onkyo HTiB packages as mentioned earlier in this thread.

Long story short, I ended up going with the TX-NR414 and this Jensen speaker pack. Not the flashest stuff out there, but it does a good job and I've been really happy with it. The best part was that it didn't break the bank.

I see JB Hi Fi are still listing the NR-414 at $646. This is what they had it at when I purchased in July. The guy at JB took almost $100 off the NR-414 and a little bit of the speakers and I got the lot for just under $850.

It's only a 2.0 speaker set up (and I will get a subwoofer at some point) but i've found the Jensen speakers do a decent job when it comes to bass by themselves.

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