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hi im getting a home theater setup for my birthday i have about 48.00 and im going with this setup Curtis Premium 5.1CH DVD Home Theater System is this a good setup for a tv

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Well, it's not bad. I wouldn't expect super-accurate sound from the speakers, and the amplifier is based around a chip DAC, but it will get you 5.1 and DVD playback.

I can't say anything personally about Curtis Electronics quality, but it gets 3 stars out of 5 most places I look (which isn't either good or bad). Only real issue I see is people complaining the volume control is bad.

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Personally, i always steer clear of 'all-in-one' systems! they tend to be absolute junk! Also, Curtis makes garbage (Low end Asian manufacturer) It will have poor sound quality, and with a non-powered sub woofer, it will have very little boom. To add to that, its rating of 600W peak, its a completely garbage estimate, you'd be lucky to get half that! Do it properly and get a Home Theater amp and speakers, your SQ will be worth it, not to mention that it will last more then one year!

You can get 'Home theater in a box' which can be decent --- Like this one- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120200

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TheRealMan, that is right out of RGNDRUNKJUMPY's budget, though. He isn't going to get anything in the $50 region that will sound that good.

Trust me, I am an audiophile. I've got a Kenwood KAM-1 high-current amp, Eosone RSF-400 reference tower speakers, and a selection of JBL channel speakers on my rig. For this one, we are just not in that classification, or even in Onkyo's.

Curtis, by the way, is a builder for RCA. Cheap, but not below-grade builds, from personal evaluation.

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Whoops! did not see that he had a set price, my bad! well if i were him, i would either try to save a bit OR!... You could actually try going to a pawn shop and getting a 2-Channel Amp, Something like a vintage YAMAHA, Sony, Pioneer, Marantz, ECT for dirt cheap and pairing it with some decent Dayton Audio 2-way Bookshelf speakers ( http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-652 )

I know you really want 5.1 but on that budget, its just not worth it, IMO.

@eire1274, I hear ya when it comes to Curtis, its just that i actually work in the small electronics repair business for a living and see this brand a lot, BUT its mostly because its from neglect, and when we do get the good ones that just die, its because (like most lower end Asian stuff) They have great engineering, but they use cheap basic components, its almost always cheap TEAPO brand capacitors that fail!
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The good speakers are going to cost more money for the quality parts such as a well built amp, pre-filters and rare earth magnets ect.. $48 dollars is a rather limiting factor on sound quality. Perhaps a 2.1 setup would be best, just two good speakers and a sub.

Looking for cheap? Seems like some people are liking these for the price.
TeiNuro 2.1 Powered Multimedia System MP3/USB/SD Card Input
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=310-500

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It's just to be expected. 5.1 on $48 is just not possible if you are also expecting quality.

Tivon has a good idea, there. A good 2.1 set can get you some good quality, too. Just not surround.

Here's my pic, a bit more expensive but about double the output wattage of the TeiNuro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121034

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48$!? I paid 200$ for my panasonic and it's not the best in the world. I would still get it though because you can always upgrade later and use the set for something else, just don't buy it and expect good sound quality. Also I wouldn't worry about wattage too much remember a speaker can produce about 90dB per watt, my Panasonic puts out 30w per channel (sorround mode) and it's plenty loud.

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i have a dark room what thould i addfor the room to sound better

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That's decent midgrade. Still not a killer system (remember, they are cramming the amplifier into the video player, which means they had to shrink everything), but will perform much better than the bargain kits.

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what do you mean

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and my room is 10 by 12

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I mean that paying more for a higher end system will generally get you a better product.

With a small room like that, you really aren't concerned with high wattage output (it would just echo). The concern is audio clarity (good contrast, or definition between low volume and high volume and low frequencies to high with no gaps) and quality (low amplifier kick-up or peaking/drowning of sounds due to poor electronics).

My theater room (living room) is 18x25, and my whole kit is 500W total (no sub, my main channel speakers also fill that role), but I generally have it at around 150W just to keep from knocking my wife's pretty things off of the wall. You will be a lot lower in what you really need to get volume.

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hey you may also want to consider getting a headset instead.

but that kit really doesnt look bad. I bet it would sound pretty cool especially when playing games. Its always good to have the surround so you can hear when players or whatever enemies in fps games lurking around where you cant see them.. :)

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If you can expand your budget considerably, consider Fluance or the Energy Take Classic.

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