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03-08-2004, 10:22 AM

I'm new to the forums here and wanted to see what kind of recommendations I could get on a good 6.1 audio setup for my home theater that I'm in the process of putting together. I've decided to move my main viewing area from my family room down to a room in the basement designed just for viewing movies, with the occasional use of sat. TV and the PC My video system will be comprised of a BenQ PE8700 projector and 92" screen. I'll also be upgrading my DVD player to something with progressive scan as well.

My main question here is what would be recommended for a an A/V receiver and 6.1 speaker setup. I'm looking to spend around $3500-$4000 for the entire setup, with about $1000 of that alloted to the receiver itself.

For what it's worth, the room is approximately 17X20 feet in dimension, with the viewing distance being about 9 feet back from the screen and front speakers.

Any input on this would be great, so please feel free to contact me via email if necessary for further explanation.


03-08-2004, 12:29 PM
Here are three possibilities:

Marantz SR7400 (http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=rec_hometheater&item=m1sr7400&type=store) - $899.99 delivered
HSU VTF-3 (http://www.hsustore.com/vtf3.html) - $700 delivered
Rocket HT package #3 (http://www.av123.com/products_product.php?section=speakers&product=12.1) - $1,649 plus shipping
Rocket RS250 (http://www.av123.com/products_category_brand.php?section=stock&brand=15) - $440 plus shipping

Total - $3,689 plus shipping on the Rockets

SVS PB2-ISD (http://www.svsubwoofers.com/subs_pb2_isd.htm) - $998 delivered
Ascend Acoustics (http://www.ascendacoustics.com/main/HT/builder.asp) S33-2200 system - $1,356 delivered (rough estimate)
Yamaha RX-V1400 - $825 (should be able to find it locally for around that price)

Total - $3,179

Outlaw (http://www.outlawaudio.com) 950/7100 combo - $1,676 delivered
Magnepan (http://www.magnepan.com/) MMG W (3 pairs) and MMG C (one) - $1,196 plus shipping (if applicable)
VMPS (http://www.vmpsaudio.com) New Original Subwoofer - $569 delivered
Crown CE1000 (http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7) amp - $450 plus shipping (for powering the sub)

Total - $3,891 plus applicable shipping

As I said, those are just three of the endless possibilities for you to consider. Whatever you decide to buy, take $100 and get a calibration dvd (such as Video Essentials) and SPL meter (such as the analog one from Radio Shack). Enjoy!

03-09-2004, 11:28 AM
I just acquired my setup two weeks ago and it is very impressive. I spent a little less than you are planning to spend but maybe you can buy new seating, add a bigger sub, or HD satellite.

I bought everything from the local Tweeter.

Receiver- Yamaha RXV-1400 $729 (msrp $799)
DVD Changer- Yamaha DVDC-740 $249 (msrp $299)(Progressive Scan)
Mains- Boston Acoustics VR-965 $589/pair-open box (msrp $1000) Built in powered subs
Center- Boston Acoustics VRC $339 (msrp $399)
Surrounds/Rears- Boston Acoustics CR-65 $170 (msrp $199) 2 pair in 6.1/7.1 setup

MSRP Total $2995
Actual Total $2332