Apr 21, 2008 1:50 pm
I'm looking at buying my receiver to setup up my home audio , and have seen an Onkyo receiver within my price range at JB HiFi (around the $500 mark).
Has anyone got/had Onkyo brand receivers, and if so what are they like. I think I have mentioned before I am not after top of the range high end gear, just something to hook up my HTPC and ceiling speakers.
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand2
Apr 21, 2008 2:28 pm
Onkyo is a decent brand.
If you're after a stereo receiver and aren't overly concerned with it being 'high-end quality', you don't even need to spend $500....
There's stuff like this:
http://www.radioparts.com.au/ProdView.a ... t=01618831
http://www.radioparts.com.au/ProdView.a ... t=01614765
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand3
Apr 21, 2008 2:33 pm
Thanks Rod. My only requirement (which I forgot to mention) is that I want to be able to switch between inside & outside speakers (A + B) and also to be able to play them together at the same time. The 2nd one you listed looks like it does A or B, but not both.
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand6
Apr 21, 2008 9:18 pm
Looks like a speaker switch is the easy way to go!!
Is the following pair of speakers an option for a small outdoor area?
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... :IT&ih=018
I know they are cheap, but all we are looking for is something to play some background music in our outdoor area...
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand7
Apr 22, 2008 8:42 am
I had a look at those ceiling speakers.... Cheap is one thing, but wow.... At least for $18 your not throwing away much money when you decide to get some better ones.... They really are the cheapest, nastiest looking ceiling speakers I've seen so far.
Honestly though, you can get better ones than this for less than $100, no problem.
The ones in your link look scary for a couple of reasons:
1. The chrome coloured dust cap is the first indicator that these are not even a 2-way speaker - just a simple, cheap cone with a cheap dust cap - I'd personally be uncomfortable giving these 50W let alone 300W. I reckon the "300W" claim is complete B.S.! Even the other 'cheap' In-ceilings I've seen are at least a 2-way design with the tweeter separate from the woofer in a coaxial arrangent (typical). The frequency response figures back up the theory as to how little thought went into selecting a decent driver for these (garbage)....
2. The mounting system has to be the dodgiest I've seen too. Those clamps are a joke! (and we've used some that were a little bit crappy before, but these take the cake) "Cling on to Ceiling".... please.
Mike, do yourself a favour and stay away from these, there's a reason someone can manufacture speakers capapble of 300W , sell them for $18 and still make a profit....
Try something more like this, at least:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/1-Pair-Quality-H ... dZViewItem
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand8
Apr 23, 2008 1:13 pm
OK.. So I stay away from the cheap nasty speakers on ebay:)
I have found a couple of products at JB Hi-Fi that I think I have settled on:
Onkyo received that can handle Zone A + B (or Zone A/B) within my budget:
http://www.digitalhome.com.au/Home_Audi ... o/X-S575(S)_Suound_Sound_eceive/21906
Also the speakers I think will do the trick are Jensen in ceiling:
http://www.digitalhome.com.au/Home_Audi ... akes__(Pai)/20742
And I also saw this which interestedme for the wall plate/switch/volume contrtol all in a package:
http://www.digitalhome.com.au/Home_Audi ... PACK/20749
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
** EDIT - I can't get my links to work properly - will have to copy + paste **
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand10
Apr 29, 2008 12:13 pm
Subs are nice, but not essential. You can still watch a flick and be entertained. But with a sub you tend to "feel" more in the movie.
I bought a second hand sub and it makes a big difference depending on the movie.
Perhaps borrow one, see if you "need" one and go from there.
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand11
Apr 29, 2008 3:03 pm
A subwoofer has it's own very conspicuous space in a home theatre sound system (ie. if it's not there it's very noticable).
Beware of buying them second hand. Purchasing used speakers with an unknown history is risky - even a small risk is still a risk (you might be lucky and get a pair in excellent condition, or you might not be so lucky...). They might have been over-driven at some point in their lives and therefore could have damaged drivers (including the voice coils, which get fried if they are pushed by too much power).
With a subwoofer there is not just the speaker aspect that has some posibility attached of being damaged, but add to that the fact that they also have (active subs, anyway, which is what we're talking about) their own amplifier which can also get damaged if subjected to abuse or negligent use...
A customer of ours bought an A/V Receiver from eBay which when it arrived looked like someone very heavy had been using it as a seat....
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand12
May 13, 2008 10:38 am
Thanks for your help guys.
I am still considering my options (I am a huge procrastinator) and am weighing up buying a dual zone amp vs single amp with speaker switch (as suggested by Matt)..
Looking on ebay, wondering if this would do the trick:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/5-WAY-SPEAKER-SW ... dZViewItem
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand13
May 13, 2008 11:06 am
It would if you want 4 zones!
It will work but you may want to look at a 2 zone....
the other zones are wasted!
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Click here to look around: http://www.benq.com.au
Re: Stereo Receiver - Onkyo Brand14
May 15, 2008 4:03 pm
Try Jaycar, they have 2 zone switches.
They also do speakers...
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