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New A/V Receiver or New Surround Sound System? Help!

by Adam Jackson / December 21, 2008 4:37 AM PST

I need help in deciding what surround sound system to buy or whether or not to buy one at all.

Right now I have a 5.1 Sony surround system that works pretty well. The remote control no longer works, though, and it doesn't have any HDMI input/output to connect to my TV or my future Blu-ray player.

I am looking to either updrade to a new A/V receiver that has HDMI input/output or buy a whole new system. The speaker connections right now are just stripped speaker cord, so I don't know if that will be a problem with upgrading to a new A/V receiver.

If I do go the route of buying a new system, I would want something that has nice sound quality for about a 20' x 25' room (rough guess) and that does not have huge speakers that would be hard to hide (speakers preferably under 10" and possibly wireless). I was looking into getting the Onkyo HT-S6100 but I saw the 14" speakers in person and they were just too big.

Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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by givemeaname / December 21, 2008 5:46 AM PST

your going to have to pick sound quality or speakers size.. that is a good sided room & would require some tower speakers to fill that room properly.
'Small' speakers have limits & are really only good for computers or super small rooms. That Onkyo HT-S6100 would not fill your sized room (best for a room about 15x15ft), you would have too really push those speakers (crank the power), that is not good for the long term use & leads to damaging the tweeter of the speaker.
Some companies make speakers that are not deep (like 5") but the width or height are more then 10" + they start at $300 each, the good ones start at $500 each.

forget wireless... they are normaly not very good sound & you still have to plug them in, they need power to work.

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(NT) What the *#%@ is your budget?
by jostenmeat / December 21, 2008 7:52 AM PST
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by Adam Jackson / December 22, 2008 3:29 AM PST

is around $600 or so...

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by bearvp / December 22, 2008 4:50 AM PST

Personally, I'd go with an Onkyo HTIB set for your budget. They have a few different variation, so you can probably find one that has smaller speakers than the one you looked at. Just goto and browse what they have.

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