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11-03-2004 02:42 AM  13 years agoPost 1
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Been wanting to get an inexpensive Home Theater audio system for the room. Have an HDTV widescreen and a new DVD player so just wanted to get the amp and speakers.

Looking at the Kenwood HTBS310 system for $299, 600 Watt, but it is too new for any reviews.

Is anyone using something similar, around $300 to 400, and what do you think of it?? Don't really want to spend anymore than that as the ears aren't that good anyway.

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11-03-2004 02:49 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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TV already does 9 PIP plus the main picture. Wife asked why I would want to do that and the answer, because I can.

With a 55" widescreen, you can put 2 channels on it at the same time and it is just like watching 2-27" tv's.

Life is good.

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11-03-2004 02:53 AM  13 years agoPost 3
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That kenwood system will be a good starter system. The downside with going cheap is, you have a great tv and a low end home theater. The best thing to do is piece together a system. Get a nice yamaha receiver and then either jbl or klipsch speakers. Then you get what you want and also compliment your tv. Try to stay away from yamaha speakers, you can do better. I worked at best buy for about 4 years and sold home theater systems. I have kenwood receive and jbl speakers. If you are willing to shop around use pricescan.com for the items that you like. You can get great deals shipped.

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11-03-2004 03:06 AM  13 years agoPost 4
KennyS

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I agree with blockatvalpo, this would be a good starter system.
But just something to think about, if you are wanting to buy an all in one system, spend alittle more time and check out the Yamaha systems. They are damn good systems that are reasonably price. {Example Yamaha YHT450} 400 bucks.
This is a complete set up with a 120 watt sub and 6.1 Surround.
Yea I guess I'm partial but I have owned Kenwood before and did not really like them. My last system I peace milled out, alittle expensive to do it this way but you get the best of whats out there.

Good luck

Only Fine Helis, Hobbywing

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11-03-2004 03:09 AM  13 years agoPost 5
blockatvalpo

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If best buy or circuit city has what you want, then wait until they have the $299 24 months no interest financing. You can get what you want and it really doesn't hurt the back with a $20 payment each month. You can go to a Tweeter as well, but be prepared to drop some serious dough. If you go to one of those stores, pay attention to some of the receives as most companies use the same products and slap a different model number on them and call them "high end". I learned this when I worked at best buy and the yamaha rep told us. Sony does this as well on certain products, thought Yamaha's stick right out because just the number is different.

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11-03-2004 03:16 AM  13 years agoPost 6
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One thing that I liked about the Kenwood amp was that it was the "slimline" design and the Yamaha and Sony units were huge. I'm sure that there is a good reason for that but just wanted to try to keep the "bulk" down.

I'll look into the "piecemeal" method but it may take more smarts about what I really need than I have. I've looked at some of the speaker only sites but haven't homed in on all of the terminology that you need for getting the right stuff yet. In addition, the area I live in doesn't really have any good component only stores, only Best Buy, Circuit City and one independent store.

Have one daughter in Cincinnati and one in Chicago so it may be time for a couple of weekend visits to the kids places and then gone shopping from there.

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11-03-2004 03:26 AM  13 years agoPost 7
KennyS

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Understand

One thing to keep in mind, you will spend a bit more buying in the store. I would consider looking at a few thing on the net first before pricing at the store, but I do know what you mean, it is really nice to be able look, smell & feel before buying.

Good Luck

Only Fine Helis, Hobbywing

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