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#1 devnulllore

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 14:55

Hi,

 

I own a, albeit slightly older, Dolby 5.1 Surround system. It consists basically of the 5 speakers a woofer and a small decoder box. I have been looking to upgrade however every "home theater" system I have seen comes with either a DVD or Blu-Ray player, which I don't need. The other solution seems to be buying a surround receiver and trying to find the speakers seperately, which I can't seem to find.

 

What would be the best way to upgrade. Are there systems that consist of just a reciever and speakers without a player or do I need to buy the components seperately?

 

Thanks,

 




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Posted 28 December 2013 - 17:15

What is your budget? If you don't need a Blu-Ray or DVD player I suppose your only choice is to buy a receiver and speakers separately. Home Theaters in a box almost always come as Blu-Ray/DVD players.

 

Why can't you find receivers and speakers?



#3 Sir Topham Hatt

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 17:35

Or buy the set then flog the Bluray player to get a little money back?



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 17:50

Here are some:

 

Nevermind, silly me thinking I could paste a URL in Neowin :rolleyes:

 

Just do a search for Onkyo Home Theater Systems. They sell Receiver + Speakers/Sub combos. Keep in mind most combos like this will be entry-level and not have a lot of room for expansions or upgrades.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 18:12

Are there systems that consist of just a reciever and speakers without a player?

 

Sony used to have those, I bought one a couple of years ago, but now I can't find any.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 18:18

 

 

Nevermind, silly me thinking I could paste a URL in Neowin :rolleyes:

 

 

 

There is nothing wrong with posting a URL here. As long as you are not a spammer or spamming sites, all is good.



#7 Lord Method Man

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 18:24

I can't paste anything into the text editor.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 18:40

I can't paste anything into the text editor.

 

Same here. It's an IE11 compatibility issue. I have to use Firefox to post some things on Neowin, which is frustrating.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 20:41

I can't paste anything into the text editor.

Right Click + Paste doesn't work?



#10 Lord Method Man

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 20:59

Right Click + Paste doesn't work?

 

Nope. Not since upgrading to IE11.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 21:12

Without knowing your budget, it's hard to recommend something. However, my personal preferences are an Onkyo receiver (at least 1000 series) and Klipsch speakers (something like the RF-62 II or RF-82 II system).

 

My personal setup consists of:

 

Onkyo 3009 Receiver

Klipsch RF-82 II speakers

HSU Research VTF-15H subwoofer



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 21:46

Best bet it to sell what you have on Gumtree or eBay and get some seperates. You'll never look back, there's so much flexibility.

 

I'm currently rocking a Sony STR-DN1000 receiver, and a 5.1 Onkyo speaker set similar to this one.

 

I chose the receiver as it matches the piano black finish of the Sony Blu-Ray player, plus it's 7.1 and quite meaty so will last me some years to come. I've had it for... 4 years now I think and it hasn't skipped a beat.

 

As for the speakers, a nice powerful powered active sub is a must in any x.1/2system. I previously owned a second hand Onkyo hifi system which was great so knew the build quality would be there as well as the sound quality. Plus my Dad's mate is a distributor of theres :p They're wired up using some OFC rather than the cheap stuff they come with. Speaker cable can be quite expensive, but if you're transmitting over a reasonable distance then I'd invest in some decent wire.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 21:56

I'm personally looking to get the Klipsch HD300, HD500, or the Klipsch HD600 systems. http://www.klipsch.com/hd-theater



#14 Fahim S.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 22:19

As has been said above, there are lots of options available depending on what you want to spend.

The cheapest I could find was the Onkyo HTS3505 which runs at $299 at Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.co...s=Onkyo HTS3505

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 13:00

Yamaha receivers are great if you're on a budget - many to be had on ebay as well if you're looking to save money for speakers.





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