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Topic # 17163 14-Nov-2007 21:31
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Hey guys,

I must profess to being considerably uninformed on the subject of home theatre, however I'm looking to get one and am seeking the advice of people who already have 'em!

 - I'd ideally want one ~$500, I'm no audiophile so entry-level is fine with me. (Or is this like buying a laptop without internet.. there's just no point?)
 - I have a Sony Bravia V-Series w/MySky, a PS3 w/HDMI, and a Macbook - I'd love to be able to feed all three of those devices through the new audio system! Is this realistic/possible?
 - I don't need a DVD player, as I already have a PS3, but most of the home theatre systems sold I've noticed come with a DVD player packaged in the bundle?
 - Is wireless an option? Or will I have more cords lying around my room?
 - I'm not that keen on nailing stuff into my wall. I'm in a wheelchair so the easier I can stand the speakers on the floor or on shelves, etc the happier I'll be!

I know that's lots of questions but I'll be really grateful for any advice!

Cheers yall

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  Reply # 95435 16-Nov-2007 02:07
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there are plenty of entry level systems available for the  $500 or so. 

You are unlikely to find one that has wireless speakers.  Panasonic has a wireless kit that you can add to a system to make the rear speakers wireless.

I dont think you would find one in that range with much audio or video switching either (i.e. plugging all the audio/video inputs in and having one output to the tv).  You probably need to go to a home theatre amp for that.

There are a bunch of systems around that come with speakers on built-in stands.

There are a few systems around that dont come with dvd player.  the bulk of them do though.  The dvd player probably adds $50 to the cost of a system :p

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  Reply # 95893 19-Nov-2007 10:29
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I would recommend the logitech 5500. Its in your price range and will connect all your devices at once! Its also a very nice sounding system that is THX certified, it also cranks out the bass :-) Its not the biggest system in the world with its small satelite speakers but it puts out 505watts rms.. Find out more here..,en

You can pick them up for $500 quite easily.


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  Reply # 95929 19-Nov-2007 14:05
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Hey man this looks perfect, thanks heaps! Might be tempted to order off gpstore today as it says they have them in stock.. :)

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  Reply # 96544 23-Nov-2007 11:25
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Did you end up getting the logitech? if so how are you finding it?

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