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AV Receiver selection / 5.1 speaker selection

by Craig Manning / November 5, 2007 1:12 AM PST

I need help selecting between two AV receivers. I am looking at the Onkyo TX-SR605 and the Sony STR-910.

I am also selecting a 5.1 speaker system. I am choosing between the Aperion 422 Harmony and the Mirage Nanoset 5.1 system.

The room it is going into is 20'x20' 9' high. It is an open floor plan and is connected to a kitchen of the same size. So a 20'x40'x9' space.

These products are in my price range any help getting best sound would be great

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by jostenmeat / November 5, 2007 2:32 AM PST

Aperion is known for excellent quality and unbeatable CS. However, those speakers have a pretty low efficiency, and depending on your distance to them with an entry-level receiver... if volumes never break moderate you might be fine.

Mirage is known essentially for their omni-directional speakers. Some lovers for sure, but probably more who dislike them. In any case if you have a highly reflective setup, it might be a gamble.

In both cases, imho, the sub is not up to snuff. Firstly, I think you just need more brute power. Next, Id personally would want more extension as well.

If you don't get the entire rig all at once, you can drop the sub for now (save for a good one, while the present $800 will buy you some well-valued speakers in the meanwhile.

just my 2 cents, gl and hf.

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The Onkyo 605 is the most cost effective way into a receiver
by NM_Bill / November 5, 2007 11:58 AM PST

with HDMI 1.3 connectivity. It is packed with lots of features & great value. I happen to prefer Denon for better overall sound & reliability (& C/NET rates them higher than Onkyo, too.) All that said, you couldn't go far wrong with an Onkyo 605.

I don't personally know Aperions, but they have reputation for good quality & even better value. Jostenmeat is one of the resident experts on fine sub woofers. He believes in them highly. There is something to be said for the best sub woofers being made by sub woofer specialists like Hsu & SVS.

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Bill
by jostenmeat / November 6, 2007 2:22 AM PST

I beg you please stop saying "Jostenmeat is one of the resident experts on fine sub woofers". Thanks. Im not.

That being said, the sub is the keystone in many people's opinion regarding the HT-first audio setup. You are asking one single speaker to provide quite a large part of the audible frequency response, the part that is by far the most difficult to produce physically, in a space that is particularly hard to fill.

I now believe a good audio HT audio system makes or breaks the cinematic experience.

I also believe a good sub makes or breaks a good HT audio system.

take that transitively.

and this is from a 2-channel guy.

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home theater help
by Craig Manning / November 6, 2007 3:16 AM PST
In reply to: Bill

thank you for the help

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