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Registered: ‎10-19-2015

Best home theater system in the $800 range

I bought my parents a samsung HTIB 2 years ago for Christmas, and as of earlier this year it is completely non functioning. Won't play blu ray/dvds, malfunctions, and they can't even use the sound system anymore, it won't come on. I've called and talked to Samsung and it's out of warranty so basically they are SOL. Needless to say, I'd like to get them an upgrade this Christmas. They already bought a replacement bluray/dvd player and I would like to get them a quality sound system for movies, music, tv, etc. Something that will sound great and is built to last longer than 2 years. Their living rooms is fairly large, so I'd like to rule out soundbars of any kind. The samsung unit had wireless surround sound speakers that they were able to mount at the back of the room, I'd like something with similiar capabilites if possible. I've been looking at Bose, Klipsch, Onkyo, Yamaha, etc but I'm not a home theater expert. Any suggestions or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Registered: ‎02-25-2013

Re: Best home theater system in the $800 range

There are a number of really good systems at Best Buy. 

 

You mentioned they had surround speakers so chances are it was what is callled Dolby 5.1   This is just a standard that indicates how it is set up.

 

I am a fan of the Yahamah and Sony systems.  If you have a Magnolia store in your area I would suggest going in and talking to someone in the home theater area. 

 

If you want to stick with the wireless surrounds mention that to the associate.  There are a number of options and a variety of price ranges.

 

The drawback is going to be that a number of packaged systems may come with a blu ray player.

 

 

Another option may be to purchase a home theater receiver and then speakers.  There are options to getting wireless surround speakers as well.

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Registered: ‎12-07-2015

Re: Best home theater system in the $800 range

If I were you I would take Klipsch off my list.  I have their home theater system and after two years four of the five speakers stopped working.  It has been a month now, and I cannot get them to support their 5 year warranty.  Best Buy is no help in this either, so I may as well have purchased the them online, since by dealer (Best buy) will do nothing for me. 

 

I originally thought it must be my Pioneer Elite Receiver, but best Buy checked that out and ruled it out as a problem.  Hooking my speakers up to other sound systems still demonstrated a very faint, high pitched "sound".  I am not happy and would not recommend Kilpsch speakers.

 

Rick

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Registered: ‎02-25-2013

Re: Best home theater system in the $800 range

Good speakers are a huge priority. I have Boston acoustics on my older system that are about 20 years old and they still kick butt
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