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Old 10-17-2009   #1
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Default First EVER!!! surround sound system.....what do I need?

I am going to get a surround sound system for my basement room. The room is 12x13 with a 5x5 extra area. I wanted to get a 42in tv and get the other half of the experience by getting surround sound. The only problem is that I know all about TV's and nothing about surround sound. I am looking for a 5.1 system but I am on a pretty low budget. I also have 2 old speakers in my attic and I was wondering if there was any good way to incorporate them into a new system or if that is a stupid idea. I am looking for good sound quality at a nice and cheap price. A woofer would be nice because I like bass. The other thing is i need the receiver box too so I have no idea what would work. My budget is low and keep in mind on a scale of 1-10 I am not expecting a 10 by any means sound quality wise.
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This would rock your world. It will do everything you can think of and more both now and in the future. Speakers are included so no mismatches will happen.

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Default Re: First EVER!!! surround sound system.....what do I need?

I guess you already have 2 speakers and you want to had those from the attic as surround speaker. That's a good cheap start.
Buy a used 5.1 receiver, no central speaker ( switch to none) and enjoy.
If you don't have a dvd player, you'll need one. ( Blue Ray latter)

When finance permit, you'll upgrade to something else.
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This would rock your world. It will do everything you can think of and more both now and in the future. Speakers are included so no mismatches will happen.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e-Black/1.html
That's a good deal for a HTIB. I was surprised to see it does video up-converting.
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In your situation and budget, I would google "Sound and Vision", which is a magazine (online too) which has many reviews and a "best of" section in all price ranges. "Audioholics" is also an excellent site, as is "Secrets of Home Theatre".

Your best buy will unlikely be a HTIB (home theatre in a box) and see what fits your budget. Read the reviews too.


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Go to Audioholics.com. They have a store. The store currently has an EMP Tek speakers 5.0 setup for $200. Buy this setup. If they are out of stock go to the internet and look for EMP Tek. There are a couple of other dealers with the same price. This has free shipping, so no additional cost. It is actually 5 center channel speakers but you place four of them vertically on stands for your fronts and surrounds. Go to www.thespeakercompany.com for your subwoofer. They have a 10" sub for $150 that will more than satisfy your needs. Again, free shipping. I would buy the entry level Onkyo or Denon receiver. Either one will do the job well. That should be about $200 +/-. Go to www.monoprice.com for your speaker, subwoofer, and HDMI cables. They also have really inexpensive wall mounts for your television if you want to go that way. I would get the Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-ray player, you can pick one up for under $150. Total you are looking right around $750 including cables. This will blow away any HTIB system. Good Luck.
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