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Topic: I don't know is this surround sound a good deal?
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Hiya just wanted to know if this was a good deal for surround sound in my home cinema as im struggling with my 2.1 sound at the moment lolz

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http://www.futurehome.co.uk/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=1449&GCID=C13982x002
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I think, for the money, the Onkyo HTIB systems are some of the best values on the market out there. Everything is included and that particular one is on the better side.

The speakers are kind of so-so, but for the money, they are also VERY appropriate.
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Thanks for the info. I thought it was quite a good deal but I couldn't say for sure.

Thanks

Also what else in the specs do I have to look for good speakers because at the moment all I look at is the Watts .

Is there anything else I should be looking at to judge how good the quality will be?
[Edited by PATMAN-UK on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:41 PM]
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sorry to chime in a few weeks late but the question of " is this a good deal?" is really the wrong question to ask in regards to speakers. The better question would be "do these speakers sound good for their price bracket?"

The answer is "I don't know?' Sound is very subjective and what might sound good to me may likely sound like crap to you, or vise versa. You should always, ALWAYS listen to a speaker before you buy it to be sure you like it.

Recommend you burn a CD of your favorite tunes and go a place that sells these and have a listen. Listen to a few other sets as well within your budget and then decide. You will be happier in the end with your investment, rather than get 7.1 system that was a good deal but sounds like garbage.

On another note Onkyo makes really good receivers. I have an Onkyo TX-SR876 and love it. I've never heard their speakers though.

As for specs most people do look at watts as a means to judge quality but this is a pretty poor stick by which to measure unless you really know your stuff. For instance on the system you listed the site specifies:

>>>>>Advanced Features
>>>>>>>130 W/Ch, 8 Ù, 1 kHz, 1 Channel Driven, IEC

Ok to break that down as i read it the receiver delivers 130 watts at 8 ohms at 1 kilohertz on 1 channel. The sneaky part here is that it specifies "at 1 Hz" this means that you will only possibly get 130 watts at 1 kHz frequency. Well what happens at above or below 1 kHz. Deep bass is below 80 Hz. Truth is that written this way we can assume that the real power output at anything but 1 kHz is substantially lower and they don't want to tell us. The manufacturer is making it sound better than it is. What i see as even more curios is that it goes on the read "1 channel driven" I would assume that 130 watts is only if only one speaker is playing. What happens when all seven are on? For perspective a good Onkyo receiver that puts out 130 watts continuously on all seven channels will cost around $1,500 US.

Specs to most folks are just numbers that help sell them something they don't understand. A couple things you do want is at least 4 HDMI inputs, video up-conversion, and decoding for the lossless tracks (DTS HD and Master). Which the avr package you linked does have. BUT the proof is in the pudding. Go find it and listen to it!

Good luck,
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Thanks for the reply.

Ok looks like im gonna have to go out a try different speaker systems out. I'll give richer sounds a try and post back here if I find anything worth mentioning.
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