When I graduated college and got my first real job last December the first thing I bought was a new 46" Toshiba LCD LED and this Sony HTIB. http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HT-SS370-...5101335&sr=8-1
I knew it probably wouldn't be a great system but it was my first ever 5.1 setup and first nice tv of my own. I basically just wanted to experience surround sound from my PS3, Xbox 360, and my Dish HD receiver. The problem is that I have started to watch more and more 3D bluray and 3D PS3 games. This receiver is not 3D compatible so I recently started connecting my HDMI cables directly to the TV and using optical for my 5.1 sound.
Now I have some money and I'm am looking at new setups because I want to add the ability to listen to the Dolby and DTS True HD tracks on my bluray movies. I know the basics of surround sound but I am no audiophile and I wouldn't even know where to begin buying my receiver and speakers separately.
Sorry for the long explanation. Here are my real questions. Right now I can afford the Onkyo HT-S7409 5.1 setup for $477.97 here http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S7409...=19FS4A30D5Q37
or the HT-S9400THX 7.1 system for $899.00 here http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S9400...=19FS4A30D5Q37
I could also forget about the HD lossless sound and just stick with the setup I have now if you guys don't think I will notice enough difference from buying these systems. These are basically my 3 options right now.
If I get either of the Onkyo systems I plan to upgrade my speakers and sub with nicer ones piece by piece in the future as I can afford them. Either set would just be a starting point for me to build out the best setup I can afford. In about a year I thought I would start by replacing my front left, right, and center speakers and then move to a new sub eventually. I may or may not replace the rear speakers depending on the advice of the forum members. Knowing my obsession with technology I'm sure I will eventually.
According to the Amazon customer reviews, the cheaper 5.1 set actually has a 7.1 receiver but it only comes with 5 speakers. In the end I want a 7.1 setup for my blurays but I am ok with starting with a 5.1 setup.
My question to you guys is how much difference is their in these 2 receivers. The receiver is really the most important part of this to me because as far as I'm concerned everything else is temporary. There is a $422 price difference between these to setups. I'm sure some of that is due to the 2 extra speakers and the fact that the more expensive setup has wooden speakers. I want to eventually build a solid 7.1 setup. Is the S7409 enough of a receiver to accomplish this or will I regret not going with the S9400THX in a couple years. The 9400 is obviously a better system but is it really worth $422 more?
Again I am sorry for this ridiculously long post. It's just that I don't know much about receivers or speakers. I am a just a recent college grad tech geek who finally has some money to play with. I appreciate any help you guys can give me.