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#1 May 16 2011 at 7:52 AM Rating: Good
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This is a bit off topic but I thought I would give it a shot.

We picked up a PS3 last weekend and and we are looking for a small inexpensive home theater system to add to it. The room it's in a small, and we do not need anything overwhelming, but I cannot seem to find a nice, cheep system.

Anyone have any recommendations?
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#2 May 16 2011 at 10:14 PM Rating: Excellent
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Even though you don't need a really high wattage sound system for that area, you might want to look at a decent reciever anyways, simply because they act better as device hubs than TV's do. You should be able to find a decent reciever in the $200 range locally. I tend to prefer Yamaha recievers since thats what I am familiar with, but really, most of the decent ones with multiple HDMI ports should do the trick: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882115239 such as this one for example.

Once you have a good reciever, you can start buying speakers piecemeil. If you are handy and own the place, you can install wall mounted ones dirt cheap if you look for deals on overstock wall mount speakers, or even used ones, which can be problematic sometimes, but also often dirt cheap: http://cgi.ebay.com/Moderno-Sonance-in-wall-speakers-3-M6-3-M6R-1-M10-/190533950908?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item2c5cb55dbc

If wall holes aren't your thing, then start small with a pair of front stereo speakers, and then add the additional speakers as you go. Your reciever can be set to 2.1 surround mode, which is 2 speakers and a subwoofer. Get a good subwoofer if you enjoy music or movies. If not, don't worry about a good one. A good reciever and a good subwoofer really compensate well for medeocre speakers.

Check craigslist too. people are always moving, and the larger, bulkier speakers are often available in newish condition for very low cost since they take up so much space.

Stay away from the cheap " all in one" speaker + reciever kits. they usually have sh*tty recievers and sh*tty speakers.

Anyways, once you have a good reciever, you plug all your devices into it, then get a universal programmable remote like one of the logitech harmony remotes, and then you can literally press 1 button to turn your entire system on to the correct input for whatever device you are trying to use.
edit: My setup.
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Edited, May 16th 2011 9:15pm by Kaolian
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#3 May 18 2011 at 7:17 PM Rating: Good
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GAMECUBE!
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#4 May 18 2011 at 9:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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idiggory wrote:
GAMECUBE!


Theres actually a PS3 there somewhere now too. But Gamecube was awsome for metroid prime alone!

(ironically, the wavebird wireless controllers, since they work with the Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, are actually worth more now then when i bought them)
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