This is my first post in this comunity (and so far, i missed a lot of good info coming from here) and i would like to know which one will be a good 5.1 or 7.1 home theater system (or receiver and speaker separately) for a 21'6" x 13'8" room. I am planning to set up a dedicated "cinema" with a good projector (i will ask about the projector in other forum ) and a couple of good seats. I heard that Onkyo, Bose and Yamaha are good options
With a good budget like yours, I would recommend buying the pieces separately rather than getting an HTIB. You can get an excellent receiver for $400-500, leaving plenty for speakers and a sub. For receivers, Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer, and Yamaha are good brands to check. Speakers are more a matter of personal taste in both sound and appearance.