Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Meridian, ID USA
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for that kind of money, it would be tough to beat that Onkyo HTIB. In fact, it would be a struggle to even match the speakers that come with the Onkyo HT-S7100 for $420.
Do you happen to have a Fry's store nearby? They often have some blow-out pricing on Polk speakers. If you don't mind spending some time and energy, and have a strong bargain-hunter streak in you, you might be able to piece together something slightly better for the price. But, time is money, too.
If it was my $800 to spend, I'd snap up that Onkyo HT-S7100, then see if you can get a good deal on a Harmony 670 remote (with the left-over $50) to tie everything together, then enjoy!
Later, as living space and budget allows, you can start swapping out speakers (start with left/right center 1st, then sub, then finally the surrounds), and keep that receiver for quite some time.
That way, you'll have a good system today, with a path to upgrade.