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Topic # 119696 10-Jun-2013 19:53
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I have recently updated the set up in my room to

26 inch Samsung LCD TV
PS3
HTPC

I want to add some decent sound to the set up but it is not practical to go for a 5.1 home theatre set up due to space, my room is about 3m x 6m

I have been looking at the following units and would like some opinions on them

http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/home-theatre/sony/420-watt-mini-mu-te-ki-ipod-iphone-dock-sku-28472/

or

http://www.philips.co.nz/c/home-theater-systems/css2123_79/prd/



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  Reply # 833742 10-Jun-2013 20:07
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Well, one is an iPod dock designed to play, well, iPod's.
The other one a sound bar designed to emphasize TV / movie audio.
The physical size of the Sony is considerably larger than the Philips too.

I'd buy the sound bar personally...
But if it was my money, I'd buy a home theatre receiver, 2 x bookshelf speakers and a sub. Then when you end up in a larger room, you can buy extra speakers and make a full 5.1 system.

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  Reply # 833968 11-Jun-2013 09:34
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I would buy an AV receiver off and two bookshelf speakers off TM ($250+150).



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  Reply # 834031 11-Jun-2013 10:49
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shanever: I would buy an AV receiver off and two bookshelf speakers off TM ($250+150).


hmmm, there is a Sony Muteki unit on TM form$380 at the moment, has the 5.1 channel speakers with it, was trying to keep it around $300ish

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  Reply # 834032 11-Jun-2013 10:51
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Sony Muteki surround sound systems are amongst some of the worst sounding options on the market.
Unless all you're after is volume and bloated bass?



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  Reply # 834048 11-Jun-2013 11:07
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Dunnersfella: Sony Muteki surround sound systems are amongst some of the worst sounding options on the market.
Unless all you're after is volume and bloated bass?


Well I guess I need to look elsewhere!

Any recommendations on an AV reciever and speakers (cheap but reasonable sounding)



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  Reply # 834429 11-Jun-2013 19:36
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Ok so i have purchased a new new Onkyo TX-SR309 reciever, for the money it looked to be the best option on trade me.

It will play the iphone/ipad and has HDMI etc.

Now I will need to track down some speakers, or I could box up my old Alpine SPX-177R set from my old car.

Can anyone reccomend some fairly nice book shelf speakers for sub $200?

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  Reply # 834432 11-Jun-2013 19:46
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Wharfedale diamond 9.1



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  Reply # 834553 12-Jun-2013 06:50
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joker97: Wharfedale diamond 9.1


A little over my budget, are the 10.1 a step up?

There are some on TM.



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  Reply # 836521 13-Jun-2013 19:12
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shanever: I would buy an AV receiver off and two bookshelf speakers off TM ($250+150).


Well I took your advise and purchased

Onkyo TX-SR309
Onkyo SKF-4600 (set including centre, front and rears)
Onkyo SKW7700

All up cost me $550, so ended up over budget but have what should be a good little set up, expecially a room around 3m x 5m :)

The cool part is I can set my iphone to wake me up at full volume thru the AV reciever!

This means I don't need a seperate Iphone docking alarm clock anymore!

When it all arrives on Monday I'll be putting it together at work until I can sneak it all home, lucky I still have 100m of speaker wire from when I did my car.



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  Reply # 838046 17-Jun-2013 12:36
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Well the set up has all arrived and I set up to test in the office.

The sub his huge! I have no idea where I am going to put it so it isn't obvious!



Not a bad set up for a little over $500, including a brand new sub!

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