Originally Posted by schnuggles
I'd "like" the center speaker to be 5.75" depth or less - it'll have to fit on top of the mantle - the tv is mounted on a tilt so I doubt it'll work above the tv....
Most systems will give you specs on the speakers. I think the Onkyos and Yamahas will be in that range, though.
I was hoping to find a htib w/ rear wireless included so I don't have to buy add. wireless options...
The ones that include wireless options have DVD player/receiver integrated units. I personally despise those, as they have limited connectivity (especially for the menagerie of components you plan to hook up.) None of the Onkyos or Yamahas will have wireless included. I don't recall Samsung having them, either.
I'd look into a kit if wireless is a must. Although personally I'd exhaust all possibilities of wiring the rears, as wireless of any type may have interference issues.
I guess I'd lean towards a 5.1 system if it's at a price break compared to the 7.1 -
5.1 HTIB do tend to be cheaper, but you sacrifice features at times. 7.1 systems can be made to do 5.1 with a simple menu adjustment, though.
And does it matter what type of surround the tv supports - or is that not even a factor once a receiver is hooked up?
If you're using FiOS, it should have some type of digital out on the DVR. It'll output stereo and on some HD channels, Dolby Digital 5.1. Not sure what Verizon has for DVRs, but most have either a digital coaxial or an optical out, both of which most quality receivers can accept.
Look on Onkyo and Yamaha's sites, and see which ones have what features/inputs you'll probably need. The Onkyo HT-S3100 is 5.1, but you might look at the S5100 or higher 7.1 systems, too.