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Bruce how big is his room?

 

I can't recommend Ascends enough, now that I have them. This is not the exact system i got, but others i have talked to love them. For a little less then $1100 shipped

 

Ascends 170's Right, Center, Left

Ascends 200's surrounds (The surrounds i got)

HSU STF1 Subwoofer

 

http://www.ascendacoustics.com

 

His room is about 14 x16

Thanks for the suggestion but he also needs a receiver in that price also.

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http://www.svsound.com/products-sys-sbs_black.cfm

 

This is a 5.1 package from SVS for $999. (The 7.1 package is $1175.) They make fantastic subs and recently started putting out this speaker package. From what I hear it's hard to beat for the price. You can usually check out the speakers section of HomeTheaterForum.com for SVS reviews/info. My brother has the sub that this setup comes with, and it really is amazing for the price.

 

No, it doesn't include a receiver, but tell your friend it's worth it to spend a little extra on the speakers. Considering the average speakers/receiver that'll come in a <$1000 package, it'd likely be well worth the $1000 for a better speaker package and an extra $200-300 for an intro-level receiver (or a better one if he can wait until he can afford it.) If he's at all the kind of person who tends to upgrade, I'd advise him that it'd be best to go a little over the $1000 budget (even if he doesn't end up with the SVSs). From what I've seen (although I haven't looked very hard), cheaper packages tend to have pretty cheap components (not really worth it).

 

He might also try calling Enversions (http://www.enversions.com/html/contactus.html), which is where my brother bought some Klipsch speakers about 2-3 years ago. Their website seems to have changed since then (they don't seem to list ANY products online), but at the time, they had by far the best prices on the Klipsch speakers my brother wanted. He might be able to piece together an RS-25, RC-25, RB-25/RF-25 (or maybe an RS-15, RC-25, RB-15/RF-15) package. It might be worth the call to see if they still sell/ship speakers on the cheap.

 

Those Ascends might be worth checking out, too. They seem to sell directly (not through any retailer) like SVS does; this typically means you can get a better value for your money. I have heard good things about HSU subs (although I presonally can't recommend enough SVS subs. Regardless of what brand speakers he gets, he should seriously consider SVS for the sub. I run an SVS 16-46 CS-Plus with my Klipsch speakers).

 

Essentially, I mean to suggest not to get a typical home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) package. Piece together something nice, even if it means more money and a longer time saving up. Perhaps he could spend up to the $1000 budget now on a receiver, fronts, and center and then wait until he can afford matching surrounds and a sub (although this strategy won't really work with the SVS package). At any rate, HomeTheaterForum.com is a great resource (it's where I've learned just about everything I know about home theater). The AVS forums are pretty good, too. He might want to check up on those sites to see what they have to say.

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I had a $700 htib setup that my wife bought me about 5 years ago. She hated it because the speakers made our family room look like crap, and I hated it because it sounded like crap. :td Waste of $700, the system is now at my in-laws because I love my mother-in-law sooooooo much. :lol

 

If I was stuck w/ a $1000 budget, I'd buy a $400 receiver and 3 LCR's in the $200/ea price range. Then I'd get the surrounds and sub at a later point in time.

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Would definately look into that "entry level" 5.1 setup that SVS offers if I had a $1,000 budget. Add another $4-500 for a decent reciever and you are all set and can be gauranteed to have a very nice setup for the money. Just based on their history with subwoofers I'm willing to bet they put the same passion/craftsmenship into their speakers. They also provide kickass customer support. I've fired off a few questions here and there via e-mail and I always get a speedy response. You can tell the guys over there live and breathe this stuff.

 

I had a similar thread when I was buying my stuff. Can be found here:

 

http://www.lcvg.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6449

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I've had Rockets and I've had SVSs before, those are the way to go for value that still delivers quality. If he baulks on the extra cost of a receiver, slap him upside his head and ask him if he was offered a Mustang for the price of an Escort, would he complain that it was just outside his (arbitrary) price range?

 

Don't spend a bunch on the receiver, look at some 1-2 year old model Denons or such and you can get a great receiver on the cheap.

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I've had Rockets and I've had SVSs before, those are the way to go for value that still delivers quality. If he baulks on the extra cost of a receiver, slap him upside his head and ask him if he was offered a Mustang for the price of an Escort, would he complain that it was just outside his (arbitrary) price range?

 

Don't spend a bunch on the receiver, look at some 1-2 year old model Denons or such and you can get a great receiver on the cheap.

 

 

:tu

 

I got a refurbed Onkyo HTR-620 for $29 shipped that I use for my computer audio system :rock. It lacks any video switching over composite though.

 

I'd recommend last year's models for receivers. You can get some pretty good receiver for last year's price. And a receiver makes very little difference in the sound compared to the speakers & sub. Unless he's in need of some hefty video switching you should be able to get a decent receiver for a couple of hundred bucks and save the rest of the $ for speakers and subwoofer.

 

Be sure to get a decent sub for HT. IMO my cheap 8" Sony WM20 sub is the worst link in my HT - even more than my cheapass Fluance speakers.

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