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ok i'm going to start to piece together a home theater system. as of right now, i'm just getting a receiver, front speakers, and a subwoofer (i'll prob get rear/center for christmas).

i've decided on the front speakers... Klipsch SB-1's. i heard them at best buy and the clarity blew me away.

now i need a good receiver and i don't really want to spend upwards of $300 unless really needed. what are some good ones to look at? i've been looking at Sony, Denon, and Yamaha.

finally, a subwoofer. i want a good kickin subwoofer around the $150-250 dollar range. i've been looking at the Klipsch 10" and the Sony 12" or also the Sony dual 10" (one fires sideways and one fires downward).

i just need some good advice on what brands to get since i'm not anything of an expert on this sort of thing. any help would be appreciated :)
 

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I'm no expert - one thing I hear over & over is this: match the front three speakers (left/center/right).

For me the folks over at hometheaterforum.com helped me a lot couple years back when I started out :)

Robert
 

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Best buy is no place for critical listening. Shop there only for price. Shop at a dedicated audio specialist for critical listening. Make up a short list of stuff to audition, take along discs you are familiar with, and have at it (some of the specialists are temperamental; if you get any lip or 'tude, find your own way out and go someplace else that actually wants your money - rare example but I thought I'd warn you. It's kinda like shopping luxury cars or luxury watches etc., same deal). Watch your discs at your leisure and if the salesperson praddles at you, ask them not to so you can hear the system.

In your price range Yamaha make a solid product. Higher up the options become far too many to list, and in any case your taste is what makes the difference.

Look at PSB, Athena, Paradigm, B&W, Celestion, KEF, Tannoy for speakers. Many others, but these ought to be good bang:buck.
 

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have you checked out www.outlawaudio.com? their stuff is awsome, performs nearly as well as components costing twice the price.
 

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You might be able to find a really nice Paradigm sub for around 250 on ebay.


My friend has a VERY NICE paradigm home theatre setup.... he has 2 400w subs :eek:

Also a used Integra receiver on ebay, probly can find one pretty cheap and they are nice.
 

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how big is the room you want sound in? a small room wont need big honkin rcvrs to get good sound from good speakers. do you want a multi-room setup now or in the future? if so, you might havta spend a lil more than $300 to get that capability. the same is true if you want a 7.1 system over a 5.1.

personally, i went with a denon driving paradigms all around.
 
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