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#153698 5-Oct-2014 15:17
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I'm in the market for a 5.1 home theatre system for a brother in law. He doesnt have a huge budget, even tho I told him cheap speakers = cheap sound.

His budget was $800, but I dont think that's possible. I think $1k should be a starting point. 

After a bit of research Ive found these:




plus one of these




Could anyone give any advice on any of these (I dont understand the technical details with speakers)?

Any info / help would be greatly appreciated.


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  #1147644 5-Oct-2014 16:31
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I won one of these still in a box at my office your BIL can have for $650.

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  #1147660 5-Oct-2014 16:58
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i have one of these for 4-5 years and it's brilliant, For the money  it's well worth it.  Sony have them on their site for $1900, so it is really cheap.

Common sense is not as common as you think.


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Ultimate Geek

  #1147812 5-Oct-2014 19:02
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Thanks for the replies. 

He wants to go down the seperates route, and I think the Sony Muteki is a bit big / over the top for his room / requirements.

Cheers tho

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  #1147834 5-Oct-2014 19:48
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Separates with a $800 or even 1k budget for 5.1 is going to be a struggle I think.

The LG system above for $650 seems a good deal. Reasonable reviews.

Most reasonable amps that you would plan on keeping for years is probably more than 700 and that leaves you not much room for 6 speakers...


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Ultimate Geek

  #1147847 5-Oct-2014 20:11
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I haven't bought home theatre stuff in years. I miss it.

I've gone through a Sony, a pioneer and Aiwa 5.1 over a 10 year period. All eventually died so I went back to stereo on decent bass reflector 3-way speakers. I use an old 80s Technics Su-C 01 series stereo amp that the TV goes through.

I thought though that surround moved on to 7.1 years ago? I didn't realise 5.1 was still sold.

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  #1147893 5-Oct-2014 21:39
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For a grand, you can achieve it... just.
I'd try the entry level Denon amp and Klipsch speakers, personally.
The H/Kardon gear seems nice, but you'd want to check if the amp hasn't been tuned to work with the supplied speakers...

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  #1148047 6-Oct-2014 10:25
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I'll say it because noone else has - buy an AV amp and two speakers, buy the rest later.

As for 5.1/7.1, I'm running 5.0, amp is more than capable it's just that I have 5 speakers.  For a while I was just running two until I unboxed the others...


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  #1148088 6-Oct-2014 10:46
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Thanks for the input.

I did advise to buy the fronts first, as That's the same advice I was given but was far too impatient to wait for more funds.

The Harman kardon speakers at jb are the older model 11's, but the online pic shows the newer 16's. Do you think I could get a better deal or something because of it?

Ps sorry for messing up the original links

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