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Home Sound System Advice Needed

by forumsteve / July 3, 2011 11:25 AM PDT

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Clarification Request
Budget & ....
by givemeaname / July 3, 2011 12:32 PM PDT

Budget and do you want to just have surround sound for movies & TV or do you also want other rooms too covered so you can have audio for music. If you do want your "whole house filled" how big is the house, the size of rooms that you will have speakers in & how many zones do you want?

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by forumsteve / July 3, 2011 1:37 PM PDT
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Frankly, I'd like to spend as little as possible for the sound system. It doesn't need to be top of line...just clear sound with a bit of kick. I'd be ok spending around $1500.

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by 3coursedinner / July 3, 2011 9:23 PM PDT

Here's a review of the Definitive speakers:

If you want to run multi room speakers from one receiver you have a couple of choices. I don't know how many rooms you're thinking about. There are receivers that have up to 3 zones in total (roms)using built in amplification with no additional amp required -- you can connect a total 3 additional speaker sets. Other receivers have pre-outs for multi zone speaker sets and require another amplifier attached to the preouts to power the additional speakers.
Although more than 3 zones is beyond my experience, if you want to do a whole house -- clarify how many rooms you want to do

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3 rooms would be fine. Which receivers do you have in mind?

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by 3coursedinner / July 4, 2011 4:46 AM PDT
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They aren't cheap! Denon, Onkyo and Pioneer have multi zone receivers and you get bang for the buck. Unfortunately, when you are looking at multi-zone receivers you're looking at other features in them. The lower spectrum in a receiver line don't have multi-zone capabilities
Here's the Denon for an example:
You may want to go to the Onkyo and Pioneer web sites and check out their multi zone models and suggested price (usually cheaper on line).

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+ yamaha receivers
by givemeaname / July 4, 2011 2:48 PM PDT
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But your going to need more money, do one room at a time, do the primary room first AKA the TV room then save up for the next room and so on.
Ideally you want to spend more on the speakers then on the receiver, so of $1.5k, about $1k on speakers then .5 on a reciever, looks for sales, you can save 25-40%, sometimes more, buying online. BestBuy your going to pay premium for the same receiver, unless it is an open box.

Right now may places are having online 4th July sales:

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