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The Durabrand HT-395 is only $39.95 and HT-400 is possibly $55, although nobody has found the HT-400 as of yet. These systems include receiver, 5 speakers, and subwoofer.

HT-395:
Now enjoy movies at home the way you watch them in the theater -- with sound effects that completely envelope you! That's what this home theater audio system offers, at a great price. Five speakers plus a subwoofer deliver the 360-degree surround sound and floor-shaking bass you've dreamed of.

Basic Features & Benefits of this Digital Home Theater System:
1. Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio decoder for real home theater surround sound.
2. Preset Equalizer for truly customized sound.
3. Center & Rear speaker variable delay time setting for added realism.
4. Digital coaxial & optical input jacks.
5. TV Game / Video Camera input jacks on the front panel.
6. Includes audio inputs for DVD COAXIAL, DVD OPTICAL, TV / VCR and AUX.
7. Fully customizable individual speaker level controls.
8. Powerful subwoofer provides real BOOM in your bass.
9. Automatic decoding of Dolby Digital & Dolby Pro Logic audio signals.
10. Night mode button automatically reduces the sound level to avoid disturbing others.
11. Deluxe easy-to-use remote control with batteries included.
12. Reset button conveniently returns speaker settings to the factoryís defaults.
13. Designed for easy, mistake-proof color-coded speaker setup.
14. Compatible with your computer sound system.

HT-400:
Value-priced home theater-in-a-box connects to your TV and DVD player to provide 5.1-channel Dolby Digital surround sound. Features 5 matched speakers and a subwoofer.

1. Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio decoder for real theater surround sound.
2. Multi-position preset graphic equalizer for truly customized tones.
3. Digital coaxial input jack with cable included.
4. TV Game / Video Camera input Jacks on the front panel.
5. Includes audio inputs for DVD, TV / VCR, AUX and TUNER.
6. Fully customizable individual speaker level controls.
7. Powerful subwoofer provides real BOOM in your bass.
8. Automatic decoding of Dolby Digital & Dolby Pro Logic audio signals.
9. Deluxe easy-to-use remote control with batteries included.
10. Designed for easy, mistake-proof color-coded speaker setup.

The HT-395 is 100 Watts and supports Dolby Digital but not DTS and has 1 Coax input and 1 Optical input. HT-395 Manual

The HT-400 is 200 Watts and supports both Dolby Digital and DTS and has 2 Coax inputs, no optical in. HT-400 Manual

Discussion Thread on Ecoustics.com

FW Thread when it was $59

Is this going to sound like what it costs? $55 is good for a 5.1 system but not if it sounds like junk.

Also since my TV isn't very good it only has yellow and white RCAs no red <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0> however we don't watch TV only DVDs. So if I hook this sound system up to the DVD player with the red and white and have the yellow go to my TV and still get 5.1 sound?

From your DVD player, you should hook up a coax cable or optical cable into the receiver for audio. For video, if your TV only has yellow video in, then use that from the DVD player to TV.

Whats better, coax or optical? Have you had experiance with this setup, is it any good?

Most people say optical is better, but the system comes with a coax cable.

Read the thread on Ecoustics that I linked for user opinions.

SnowPunk98 said: [Q]Whats better, coax or optical? Have you had experiance with this setup, is it any good?

they are both very good. differences are minimal.

Yea I would just use coax if it comes with it to spend less money.

How do these sound though, I mean right now I only have the TV sonud so I am sure it would sound better. However most of the time with cheap sysetms like this most people say they still sound really bad. I am looknig for reviews but nothing yet.

HT-400 does NOT support DTS but still a pretty good price for a budget minded secondary bedroom setups..

There is no difference between coax and optical. They both carry digital signals with zero error rates.

I would be using this for my main setup with a 27" TV which is only used for watching DVDs and Playstation 2 soon. The TV and this system would go in a small living room of a 1 bedroom apartment. Should I get this or think about spending some more money for something better. I basically want something that is 5.1 is pretty clear and crisp and that will be louder than my TV.

ysspo said: [Q]HT-400 does NOT support DTS but still a pretty good price for a budget minded secondary bedroom setups..

Are you sure about that? According to the manual and messages in the Ecoustics forum, it does.

From the manual:
This set will decode and automatically play back whatever sound system was recorded on the DVD or audio disc. For a Dolby Digital or a DTS (5.1 channel) recorded DVD disc, the blue MULTI CHANNEL DECODING indicator will be on and sound will come out of 5 speakers plus the subwoofer.

SURROUND button - Press to select DTS, Dolby Digital Pro Logic 5.1 channel audio listening mode. The MULTI CHANNEL DECODING indicator will be on (sound will come out of all 6 speakers).

$49.99 in Atlanta (N. Gwinnett). I have been looking at this one for a few weeks now.

x75 said: [Q]$49.99 in Atlanta (N. Gwinnett). I have been looking at this one for a few weeks now.

The HT-395 or the HT-400?

Ive called 5 wal marts now and none of them have the 400 the all have the 319 which sucks

so which one is better?
395 or 400?
(sorry, I'm not an "audiophile")

edit: never mind, there's a summary on OP post <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>
looks like 400 is better?

Can this system even be found at a B&M WalMart? I called 6 places and no one had it. YMMV on this one.

Dunno I have 5 more to call but if I cant find any I would say its OOS which really sucks.

Are they out of both the HT-395 and the HT-400?

X75, how many were left in Atlanta (N. Gwinnett)?

DTS doesn't really matter on these little 5.1 systems, they aren't even close to the quality required to bring out the slight edge that DTS provides (when mastered well) over Dolby Digital.

After all, if you start buying SuperBit DVD's to run on a system like this, you might want to re-think your priorites <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Well I called 10 stores around me none of them had the HT400 and its not available online. I would say this is YMMV or dead...

This has been around southeast Kansas at this price since before Christmas. I guess we're lucky. They're still in stock too around here.

100 and 200 watts total.....hm...I guess if you wanted a SOUND SYSTEM in your Bathroom. This is not enough power for anything else.

Just keep looking and you can find good deals on POLK speakers/subs and SONY or KENWOOD receivers. Don't be tooo cheap on HT systems.

lates.

vlbb

Brian1979 said: [Q]This has been around southeast Kansas at this price since before Christmas. I guess we're lucky. They're still in stock too around here.

The HT-395 or HT-400? Is it now $55 or $49.99?

Grayson73 said: [Q]Brian1979 said: [Q]This has been around southeast Kansas at this price since before Christmas. I guess we're lucky. They're still in stock too around here.

The HT-395 or HT-400? Is it now $55 or $49.99?

The HT-395 I believe, for $49.99. There was a stack of them on a pallet at the Supercenter in Independence, KS just a few days ago.

Brian1979 said: [Q]The HT-395 I believe, for $49.99. There was a stack of them on a pallet at the Supercenter in Independence, KS just a few days ago.

Seems like the HT-395 is the one easily available and the HT-400 is nowhere to be found.

I'll check my local Wal-Mart tonight.

Grayson73 said: [Q]x75 said: [Q]$49.99 in Atlanta (N. Gwinnett). I have been looking at this one for a few weeks now.

The HT-395 or the HT-400?

Not sure...I posted my comments before the OP had edited his post to explain that there are two different models so I assumed that there was only one. If I go to Wally-World anytime soon I will check & advise...

Picked up the HT-395 for $34.99 here in suburban Chicago. I would say it was worth the price, but obviously no comparison to higher-end $400 + HT systems. I wasn't expecting much, but was actually impressed.

mahha said: [Q]Picked up the HT-395 for $34.99 here in suburban Chicago. I would say it was worth the price, but obviously no comparison to higher-end $400 + HT systems. I wasn't expecting much, but was actually impressed.

Wow, $34.99? Was that the price on the sticker or did it just ring up at $34.99???

Grayson73 said: [Q]mahha said: [Q]Picked up the HT-395 for $34.99 here in suburban Chicago. I would say it was worth the price, but obviously no comparison to higher-end $400 + HT systems. I wasn't expecting much, but was actually impressed.

Wow, $34.99? Was that the price on the sticker or did it just ring up at $34.99???

Sticker price was $58.99 or something like that, but it rang up as a Clearance item for $35. Made the deal even better for me.

Called 4 or 5 Walmarts in Memphis, TN area. One said "don't got it" but I checked myself and they had a HT-395 unit. Its 5mins from my house so I might go back and pick it up later, gotta think about it. Another WM said they had the 395 in stock, but the other 3 said no stock of either item.

I also saw HT-3915 which is just the speakers with the receiver somehow integrated into the bass speaker. The price was the same as the HT-395, just under $50.

Also they had STS75E which is a "complete" home theater in box w/dvd player integrated for $88.

edit: The Durabrand items are very easy to spot on the shelf -- BRIGHT GREEN BOXES.

OP, I don't want to seem to be thread crapping, but I have to say that Durabrand = Garbage.
I have had two Durabrand products and I have returned them both twice. One of them, a car dvd player, I have to pay $25 to have it looked at because it is out of warranty, even after I had returned it twice. I bought both of them on Black Friday last year.
Again OP, good work on the post, but I don't believe in Durabrand....Sorry...

durabrand sounds like a condom brand <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

wfay said: [Q]I also saw HT-3915 which is just the speakers with the receiver somehow integrated into the bass speaker. The price was the same as the HT-395, just under $50.


Don't get the HT-3915,..it is not a digital system and doesn't support Dolby Digital. Go for the HT-395.

Price drop on the HT-395 ! $30 now.

wilkolak said: [Q]Price drop on the HT-395 ! $30 now.
In-store only or what?? Shows $55 online for me.

wfay said: [Q]wilkolak said: [Q]Price drop on the HT-395 ! $30 now.
In-store only or what?? Shows $55 online for me.

in store

Can anyone else confirm the $30 price for the HT-395?

vlbb972 said: [Q]100 and 200 watts total.....hm...I guess if you wanted a SOUND SYSTEM in your Bathroom. This is not enough power for anything else.

Ignorance is Bliss.
If that was 100-200 watts RMS it would blast you out.
They're talking 100-200 watts POP (Peak Output Power)
which would translate into 10-20w RMS max,
Still not bad if clean signal
.. but with what can you expect for this amount of $$ in terms of speakers + amp,
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Go to the link from Ecoustics. Surprisingly, it performs better than you'd expect and that was at regular price.

Just called, they said $88 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>
SHould it be different if I go to the store?

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I've had the HT-400 for almost a year now. So far it's worked wonderfully. Good Dolby Digital support (no DTS but can decode it and output 5.1 channels). The only drawback is the lack of power in the rear speakers. You have to turn them up higher than the front ones to equalize the front and rear. The sub delivers solid bass and the remote is also simple with all the necessary features. For $55, it's definitely worth it.



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