5.1 channel receivers usually start around $200-$300, but Overstock.com has one for $137 at the moment. (Usually you can configure a 5.1 receiver for stereo if you want stereo or if you can't afford all of the speakers right now.)If you can live without all the HDMI inputs, you can get an All-In-One System.
I'd go with Pioneer, cause of the complete 5.1 speaker package. Really, for a home theater, why don't you want multichannel? I don't trust Onkyo anymore, they've had common problems with several of their receivers, including one I bought that died just 2 years after I got it with the exact problem that many others also report. Another model, the 616, like clockwork started getting its HDMI board burnt after the same time for a lot of users (see the thread at AVS forum).
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=109...p;cs_id=1090601 are these any good?
I upgraded my living room to a 5.1 system from my Sony 2.1 soundbar (which is now in my bedroom). In the end, I went with an Onkyo system from Best Buy (the HTS3500). It's a nice little system that Best Buy had on sale for $250. It's better than a 2.1 soundbar though.
Best Buy had their Insignia in-house brand for the same price as the Onkyo and hhgregg had an open box Yamaha system for $50 more at $300. Check your local stores, see what they have in-stock, and then do some research regarding reviews and performance. You'll never know what they have until you head down. In my opinion, hhgregg is one of the best places to shop.
The Pioneer apparently also has a passive sub. I don't know why they said "it is not good", but it may be less powerful than the typical external sub amp.
I have also opened a thread like this one on avsforums and while one of the guys suggested the onkyo, another say that it is not good cause it has a passive subwoofer, what do you think?Also, considering I have an Onkyo HTX-22HDX today which is perfect for my needs, how much better is the HTS3500 versus a 2.1 soundbar? How is it better? Is it volume? Is sound quality? What?
Bass has been fine for me, I would say it's about on par with my Sony 2.1 soundbar but that has a powered subwoofer. I prefer the Onkyo over my Sony soundbar mainly because there's proper stereo separation, the added rear channels are also a nice bonus... Until then, the HTS3500 has served me well and will likely continue to do so.
It's hard to compare the two in terms of sound quality when they both produce a completely different sound experience. It's like trying to compare a car stereo system and a pair of headphones.
Quote from: andy o on 19 March, 2014, 01:24:08 PMThe Pioneer apparently also has a passive sub. I don't know why they said "it is not good", but it may be less powerful than the typical external sub amp.As far as I know the Pioneer has a powered sub.
It seems to me that if you setup your 5.1 system with all the speakers one beside the other on the front, there won't be much of a difference.
If you have the money, you might as well go for a full on 5.1 system. It's a much better experience when watching movies, especially 3D titles. It's a more immersive experience and I know I would never go back to a 2.1 soundbar as my primary means of watching movies, TV shows, or sporting events (don't forget broadcast TV often uses 5.1 Dolby Digital).
It could be that you have convinced me. So, off all of this options for 5.1, which one would you get?The Pioneer HTP-072 ($230), the Onkyo HT-S3500 ($250), or the Denon DHT-1312XP ($300)? Any other better value?(The Denon DHT1513BA is now at $500)
Quote from: kwanbis on 19 March, 2014, 07:56:23 PMIt could be that you have convinced me. So, off all of this options for 5.1, which one would you get?The Pioneer HTP-072 ($230), the Onkyo HT-S3500 ($250), or the Denon DHT-1312XP ($300)? Any other better value?(The Denon DHT1513BA is now at $500)I would go with the Pioneer since it's reviews are a bit higher. I would actually go for the Denon since it has a powered subwoofer, unlike the other two, but not at $500.