The best starter set-up in your budget is the Onkyo HT-S3300
Great advice! I was able to find that set for under $300 at a store near my house! I don't have the knowledge to seek out individual pieces to add to my HT system. I wouldn't have even thought of some of the things the whole set comes with. So I am glad I opted for a less expensive set. WAY easier than trying to put together refurb pieces from Goodwill which is what I was starting to do. lol!