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Affordable audio for 12x14 bedroom?

by Chrono85 / August 8, 2008 12:40 PM PDT

Hey guys, I just got a brand new HDTV:

I'm quite satisfied with the purchase and would now like to improve the audio as I feel the native TV speakers just don't do Call of Duty 4 any justice. I'm a gamer, but a college gamer. So I can't afford anything with an outrageous price tag. My room is about 10x12, maybe 12x14 so I'd like to avoid a huge system designed for a family room. Can you guys help me out here? Can I feel the ground quake as a grenade explodes next to me without breaking the bank? I'd like to hover around $300 if possible. Thanks in advance. Happy

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EDIT: Addition
by Chrono85 / August 8, 2008 12:43 PM PDT

Sorry, one thing I forgot to mention: I do have an XBox 360 but I don't have the snazzy ultimate version with the HDMI port. I'm stuck in the stone age. I don't know if that has any relevance but I heard audio goes through HDMI along with video so I thought I'd throw that in there.

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With your tight budget it pretty much has to be an HTIB,
by NM_Bill / August 9, 2008 3:54 AM PDT

with Onkyo as probably the best brand for value.

Yes, I'm an oldster who would like to advise some patience to afford putting some pieces together that would be a better permanent solution because I believe all HTIBs try to do too much for a very competitive price point so that they universally have to make some critical quality compromise.

A modest, even used receiver & starting with just two decent speakers (likle JBL for instance) is not too much more money. Additional speakers could then be added later. The sound quality would be high enough to be considered as permanent instead fo temporary.

But, by observation with my own grandkids I see them intolerant to much any inconvenience. That's why tons of HTIBs are sold.

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