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Well, to my surprise the wife asked for a home theatre system for x-mas. It's probably more of a decorating thing cause she wants to get the 4 tower speakers I have out of the living room. Anyhow it's my chance to do a little upgrading. We were looking at Sony's HT 5500. It's 600 watts and comes with 4 small speakers, one center channel speaker and a amplified independant sub. It also comes with a 5 disc cd/dvd changer. i heard it in the store and it sounded good. The whole deal is $599 and I'm just wondering if any of you guys now how well this home theatre in a box is going to sound and if there is a better way to go for the money.

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Well Ken will tell you to buy 8000 dollars wroth of speaker wire then get you 10000 dollar speakers

I just did one of those sony systems for a buddy of mine and I must say I was really surprised at how well it sounded. It sounded very close to my system in quality. but it could not go nearly as loud as mine can. But loud enough that you will be able to enjoy any movie.




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Well Ken will tell you to buy 8000 dollars wroth of speaker wire then get you 10000 dollar speakers

I just did one of those sony systems for a buddy of mine and I must say I was really surprised at how well it sounded. It sounded very close to my system in quality. but it could not go nearly as loud as mine can. But loud enough that you will be able to enjoy any movie.
Do you remember which one he had???? There were three models in the store. 400/500/ and 600 watts.

BTW: He actually let you do the wiring.


edit: oh yeah.....I'm not trying to go all out with this system. This is just for my living room. I plan to build a theatre room in the basement eventually so I don't want to spend thousands on a system. Besides I have heard some 500 dollar system that were only slightly lacking to a 6-7 thousand dollar system and that scares me when I'm shopping for them.

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Does $400 dollars sound about right. I know thats what he payed for it. It came with the reciver but no DVD player. He already had one of those. I forget the model number of the shit he got.




LOL, you bastid, I wire shit for a living. I was just having a bad night that night.




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is this the one with a seperate dvd player or the dreams sysytem with it built into the receiver?

stay away from the built in DVD player system.....when the DVD craps out...the whole system is kaput....if its seperate....youcould just replace the DVD player. (spoken from experinace )

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Does $400 dollars sound about right. I know thats what he payed for it. It came with the reciver but no DVD player. He already had one of those. I forget the model number of the shit he got.




LOL, you bastid, I wire shit for a living. I was just having a bad night that night.
LOL...you know I'm just kidding. If you want you can come hook up mine for me. The one for 400 was the 500 watt system. For an extra hundo they give you a 100 watts more power and a 5 disc changer. I'm pretty sure this is the one from the store but it says HT6500 and I thought the one in the store was an HT5500.

It is the one with a seperate dvd/cd player.

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If you get the speaker location correct, even the cheap systems soudn pretty good. I'd go to Best buy or whatever and make suer the system has godo definition and a deep sound. The cheap systems tend to be a little rapsy and the low end is boomy and the mid bass is sloppy.

I think for your use that sony system is probably pretty good.

Again most people screw up the speaker location and loose a lot of the imaging. No, the speakers are not supposed to point directly at you (except the center one) If the windows rattle and the system is only putting out 50 or so decibles.... the bass is probably a little too high.

Good luck.

for a bonus. Buy a case of microwave popcorn and a big warm flannel blanket along with some sappy romantic movies. The extra $50 could be worth more than the other $500 you spent.
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for a bonus. Buy a case of microwave popcorn and a big warm flannel blanket along with some sappy romantic movies. The extra $50 could be worth more than the other $500 you spent.
Good idea. It's going to be hard to remember this gift is not for me.

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Good idea. It's going to be hard to remember this gift is not for me.
Common mistake.
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aaaaaaaaaahhhh... found it. This is the model


Sony HT5500D

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aaaaaaaaaahhhh... found it. This is the model


Sony HT5500D

Now I want to buy this. haha! looks pretty good! be sure to run all wires beneith your floor, via the basement. really makes the install clean. You should check out the setup I did(for second room speakers), very clean and tidy.

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My system is very similar to this, except black instead of silver and no DVD player..yet. The only reason I didn't get this one is because I have a DVD player in the PS2. I don't watch a lot of movies so having the 5 disc DVD player wasn't worth the extra 100 for me (when I can buy it later on for $100). It doesn't put out gobs of sound, but enough to enjoy the movie. I need to work on my speaker location and I think I can do VCook's wire routing idea. If I felt like crawling around the crawl space.

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well like tony said....i got differant views when it comes to home audio or home theather.


this is what i can offer.

go buy a pioneer (sp) receiver.
then get yourself 5 of the same speakers i would go with a bookshelf KLISPH speaker. they are very high on there db rating which means there are VERY easy to drive and will give you nice sound. then ofcourse get a sub woofer. and i tell you, you will bro away ANY little shit in the box plug it in theather in a box stuff.

its gonna run 2 times as much though...but alot cheaper then even touching mid grade stuff.



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this site i use when buying pretty much anything.......compares prices on 1000's of products.....even the ht 5500d.
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Beth and I were shopping for a stereo for her parents. We saw this one. Not bad. Should do for what your looking for. Cant help with much as I haven't been looking since I got my system finalized. I personally like Sony and Bose.

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