Best Home Theater Setup for $300
Jun 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM Post #3 of 12

Soundfreak33

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Your budget is pretty low for a home theater system,  its going to cost you that much for a semi decent reciver.  Most of the low cost all in one packages with reciever and speakers sound like crap.
 
Jun 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM Post #5 of 12

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Maybe just look for a decent cinema soundbar, and add the subwoofer later. Here's an interesting example of a unit where the subwoofer is built into the receiver:
 
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-S400BL-Home-Theater-System/dp/B002ZG7WIA/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339098563&sr=1-8
 
Of course there are many choices:
 
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=surround+soundbar
 
Jun 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM Post #6 of 12

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Those Yamaha hybrid units are very weird to say the least; I'd suggest trying one (or one of the Yamaha low profile subs that they're based on) before you buy. Don't take this to mean they're "bad" - they're just...odd.

Otherwise, +1 to the soundbar suggestion. I know Sony had a wireless package that did HDMI a few years ago that was right around $300 - like this thing: http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&searchType=search&storeId=10151&catalogId=10551&productId=8198552921666308122 (that's probably not the exact one; it was just on their homepage and it's on sale).
 
Jun 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM Post #7 of 12

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If the OP could increase his budget a bit and was willing to take a chance on used system, this is what I use with the TV and I highly recommend it:
 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A0QIEC/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
 
Those went for $500 new, and they have a new one out now that would double the OP's budget:
 
http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/home_theater/21channel_systems/cinemate_systems/cinemate_series2/index.jsp?model=cinemate_series2
 
Jun 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM Post #10 of 12

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Have you considered any Sony equipment? I use these for my 5.0 setup in my apartment and they sound great for the price.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-F6000-Floorstanding-4-Way-Speakers/dp/B000OG4E20/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339290277&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+f6000
 
^ I got these for $76 on eBay shipped.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-B1000-4-Inch-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B000OG88KY/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339290307&sr=1-2&keywords=sony+b3000
 
^ Surrounds
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-CN5000-Center-Channel-Speaker/dp/B000OGA81Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339290331&sr=1-1&keywords=sony+cn5000
 
Also check Craigslist for excellent home audio deals. If you live in a big city a lot of people are looking to get rid of great vintage equipment for next to nothing. I got a Yamaha VX371 receiver for $80.
 

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