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    A/V Receiver and Speaker Help

    Just graduated college and got my first real (salary) job, and I've decided that getting a home theater receiver/speaker system is my first priority. I figure this is the best place to ask for the help I badly need.

    First off, anyone have nay suggestions as to a mid-range receiver (~$500) to get?

    More importantly, how the hell do I connect all these things? I'm gathering I can connect devices (Xbox, TV, ect.) via HDMI cables, but what do I do with the speakers?

    The individual satellite speakers have red and white connections. Will each speaker then connect into the receiver via a single connection (say right back, ect.)? Then how does the sub-woofer connect? The sub itself has a line in/sub in connection that has 2 parts... will this also connect to the receiver at a single point?

    What are these cables actually called?

    I am the worst engineer ever.

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    [QUOTE=JetsVault03;4052732]Just graduated college and got my first real (salary) job, and I've decided that getting a home theater receiver/speaker system is my first priority. I figure this is the best place to ask for the help I badly need.

    First off, anyone have nay suggestions as to a mid-range receiver (~$500) to get?

    More importantly, how the hell do I connect all these things? I'm gathering I can connect devices (Xbox, TV, ect.) via HDMI cables, but what do I do with the speakers?

    The individual satellite speakers have red and white connections. Will each speaker then connect into the receiver via a single connection (say right back, ect.)? Then how does the sub-woofer connect? The sub itself has a line in/sub in connection that has 2 parts... will this also connect to the receiver at a single point?

    What are these cables actually called?

    I am the worst engineer ever.[/QUOTE]


    start here: [URL="http://www.hometheater.com/equipmentreviews/"]http://www.hometheater.com/equipmentreviews/[/URL]

    Check Denon, Onyko, Pioneer, maybe JVC. Stay away from Sony, IMO.

    The sub gets its own subwoofer cable; speakers gets speaker wire (with banana clips or spades). go here: [URL="http://www.bluejeanscable.com/"]http://www.bluejeanscable.com/[/URL]

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    [QUOTE=quantum;4052736]start here: [URL="http://www.hometheater.com/equipmentreviews/"]http://www.hometheater.com/equipmentreviews/[/URL]

    Check Denon, Onyko, Pioneer, maybe JVC. Stay away from Sony, IMO.

    The sub gets its own subwoofer cable; speakers gets speaker wire (with banana clips or spades). go here: [URL="http://www.bluejeanscable.com/"]http://www.bluejeanscable.com/[/URL][/QUOTE]

    Yamaha puts out a great "Theater in a box" as well.

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    [QUOTE=jetsnrangers;4052740]Yamaha puts out a great "Theater in a box" as well.[/QUOTE]

    Sounds like he wants components, and already has the speakers

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    What Quantam said...although I'm not as sold on JVC. I like some of the Harmon Kardon gear. Have been happy with Yamaha too.

    Check out [url]http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=88/[/url] for reviews (although there may actually be too much info there). They actually have a nice sticky in the Home Theater in a Box thread 'HTIB Alternatives' that's a nice read.

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    first of all..............

    [QUOTE=JetsVault03;4052732]Just graduated college and got my first real (salary) job, and I've decided that getting a home theater receiver/speaker system is my first priority. I figure this is the best place to ask for the help I badly need.

    First off, anyone have nay suggestions as to a mid-range receiver (~$500) to get?

    More importantly, how the hell do I connect all these things? I'm gathering I can connect devices (Xbox, TV, ect.) via HDMI cables, but what do I do with the speakers?

    The individual satellite speakers have red and white connections. Will each speaker then connect into the receiver via a single connection (say right back, ect.)? Then how does the sub-woofer connect? The sub itself has a line in/sub in connection that has 2 parts... will this also connect to the receiver at a single point?

    What are these cables actually called?

    I am the worst engineer ever.[/QUote

    get you a real system, look at audiogon and audio assylum to catch up. get you a used conrad johnson 2300 or 2500 power amp, and a used pf10 or pf12 preamp by them, the best speakers are alon II's or up to IV's and psb stratus gold or silver's and you will never look back. get away from that japan av crap...............

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    Harmon Kardon or Denon would be my first choice. Personally I'm a big Denon fan and a good value mid range a/v receiver is Denon AVR 1911 AV receiver which you can buy on-line for $400.

    [url]http://www.google.com/products/catalog?rlz=1T4ADSA_enUS399US400&q=denon+receiver&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=5510048774792478750&sa=X&ei=cf4ETrqOM8Tr0gG03PiECw&ved=0CIABEPMCMAM#[/url]

    Sounds like you alreadyhave some speakers? If you only have two fronts and a sub, you should really plan on getting a center channel and two rear speakers as well. As others have said there are some decent Home Theater in a box setups too.

    Just don't buy anything Sony or Bose if you want something decent.

    Also, Monoprice.com is really the best source for quality inexpensive cables although you can't go wrong with blujeancable.com.

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    [QUOTE=JetsVault03;4052732]Just graduated college and got my first real (salary) job, and I've decided that getting a home theater receiver/speaker system is my first priority. I figure this is the best place to ask for the help I badly need.

    First off, anyone have nay suggestions as to a mid-range receiver (~$500) to get?

    More importantly, how the hell do I connect all these things? I'm gathering I can connect devices (Xbox, TV, ect.) via HDMI cables, but what do I do with the speakers?

    The individual satellite speakers have red and white connections. Will each speaker then connect into the receiver via a single connection (say right back, ect.)? Then how does the sub-woofer connect? The sub itself has a line in/sub in connection that has 2 parts... will this also connect to the receiver at a single point?

    What are these cables actually called?

    I am the worst engineer ever.[/QUOTE]


    I bought a Onkyo HTIB and couldn't be happier.
    Regardless of what you buy - it is still going to be a major pain in the ass connecting everything.
    I essentially spent an entire day connecting the following:
    Onkyo 5.1 HTIB
    Vizio 42"
    Cable box/dvr
    Sony DVD player
    PS3
    Wii

    It's like a warzone of wires back there...

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    Best all-around bang for the buck these days in receivers is Onkyo, hands down.

    [QUOTE=kennesawjet;4052768][QUOTE=JetsVault03;4052732]Just graduated college and got my first real (salary) job, and I've decided that getting a home theater receiver/speaker system is my first priority. I figure this is the best place to ask for the help I badly need.

    First off, anyone have nay suggestions as to a mid-range receiver (~$500) to get?

    More importantly, how the hell do I connect all these things? I'm gathering I can connect devices (Xbox, TV, ect.) via HDMI cables, but what do I do with the speakers?

    The individual satellite speakers have red and white connections. Will each speaker then connect into the receiver via a single connection (say right back, ect.)? Then how does the sub-woofer connect? The sub itself has a line in/sub in connection that has 2 parts... will this also connect to the receiver at a single point?

    What are these cables actually called?

    I am the worst engineer ever.[/QUote

    [B]get you a real system, look at audiogon and audio assylum to catch up. get you a used conrad johnson 2300 or 2500 power amp, and a used pf10 or pf12 preamp by them, the best speakers are alon II's or up to IV's and psb stratus gold or silver's and you will never look back. get away from that japan av crap...............[/B][/QUOTE]

    With all due respect, if the OP is having a difficult time figuring out a receiver to get and making some simple component and speaker connections, do you really think they're ready for a leap into separates (pre-amps, amps, etc.)?
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