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Old January 21, 2012, 03:14 PM
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I am not totally clueless, but for the matter please consider me as such, my level of knowledge is rather limited.

Here is the situation. My father is considering getting a Home theater speaker set as well as amp/receiver for home cinema obviously. He is the kind to spend big just because its big and good, but if I can have some good arguments, I am confident I can direct him at something which is of nearly equal quality while being much more wallet friendly.

The room itself is rather small, but he hopes to move and then the room would be rather big, so leave room for expansion, but focus on current situation.

He currently has a set of Infinity Prelude PFR(apparently they have a 12in subwoofer integrated, at least that's what I heard him say) which are active speakers as well as a Lamp powered(I guess) amplifier(which may not be able to do 5.1 and even less likely 7.1). He would like to turn this into a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system.

Can you suggest me a good set (doesn't have to come in a set) of receiver (or amp) as well as at least 1 center and 2 back speakers. (It could also take the same of a 5.1 set).

If whatever I said doesn't make sense, then tell me and do what you feel is best (if needed read 1st sentence again).

Edit: I forgot... budget, he doesn't mind speaking a load, but I'd say that for the most part if it stays below 1000$, it would be good, but if there are absolute benefits in going above that, then please do tell.
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Old January 21, 2012, 03:21 PM
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I'm not specialist in this area either, but my understanding is that the best receivers to get, without going insanely expensive, are Onkyo and Denon. I can't really help you with a specific model--that will depend on use, and I don't really know them well enough, anyway, but it's where I would start.

Maybe head over to avsforum.com They're a great resource for this kind of thing.
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Old January 21, 2012, 03:40 PM
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Old January 21, 2012, 04:17 PM
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Onkyo or Denon are great choices in that price range although he may have to go higher than $1000 depending on the feature set he wants.
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I'm not specialist in this area either, but my understanding is that the best receivers to get, without going insanely expensive, are Onkyo and Denon. I can't really help you with a specific model--that will depend on use, and I don't really know them well enough, anyway, but it's where I would start.

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Onkyo was good till they sold out to places like Future Crap and the likes. They aren't bad but not great. Pioneer Elite stuff is good as is Yamaha and NAD. Denon isn't bad either.

Realistically 7.1 is HIGHLY overrated and a lot of guys prefer 6.1 or 5.1.
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+1 for pioneer elite receivers- even without the ICE amps used in the sc27, the new models remain great for music and theatre without cranking out the BTUs. Some great Canadian speakers out there that are affordable and industry leading like paradigm, psb, energy, totem (probably totem is the most canadian now). But for best bang for buck, I've been hearing good things about Monitor Audio Silver RX- great for small spaces, compact size, but not microsatellite speakers. Thye're great looking too. I like KEF speakers too and they can be had cheap with PP membership from NCIX. I used KEF for a while- love the centre speaker. I now use Sonus Fabers which are light years beyond any of these , but they're way beyond your listed budget.

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Onkyo was good till they sold out to places like Future Crap and the likes. They aren't bad but not great. Pioneer Elite stuff is good as is Yamaha and NAD. Denon isn't bad either.

Realistically 7.1 is HIGHLY overrated and a lot of guys prefer 6.1 or 5.1.
I actually have a 7.1 setup. However is normally in 5.1 as up until recently alot of movies were only encoded in 5.1. Currently i run JBL speakers with a marantz reciever but they also sound nice with a yamaha i used to have. Another company to take a look at is aperion audio. their products are more expensive but there is a very good reason for it. If i ever replace the jbl setup it will be with product from those guys.

Also i noticed on futureshops site that they have a combo kit of polk audio 5.1 speakers with a pioneer amp for $929 plus tax.
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I owned a Pioneer receiver for like 6 years and recently upgraded to a 5.1 setup for my home theater with yet another Pioneer receiver and Polk Audio speakers. It came to about 1100 dollars total for both but I can vouch that Pioneer receivers do a great job. I haven't even messed with the sound settings on the receiver but my blu ray movies sound great. Very powerful and clean/clear sound at high volumes.
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Yamaha and NAD are both solid, though thinking for the budget Yamaha will probably be the better choice. Yamaha you will be looking at near their top end... NAD you can go a bit nuts with and wont be even close to their mid let alone top grade stuff. I grew up with NAD, my father really liked them, nice stuff.
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