Personally, although I am sure I am not alone in this, I would not recommend a HTiB if you are spending $1300.
Is there a particular reason you focused on HTiB instead of buying speakers and components separately? With that budget you can certainly do better than HTiB.
Post some of your listening habits, what you like/don't like, what you really want out of your system and people will be able to give some specific suggestions you can start considering.
Sorry I am not an expert in these.
If you suggest that I should look for components and assemble for this price, I would appreciate any recommendations you might have.
60% movies/ TV shows
20% regular pop music
Do you need speakers?
How do you receive your TV (OTA Antenna, Cable/satellite box, etc)? What make/model... what outputs does it have?
What other sources do you have/need/want? ipod, tuner, turntable, etc...
Are you planning on running wires to everything or do you have special wireless requirements?
What does your space look like? Do you have space/size limitations?
Floorstanding, bookshelf, on-wall or in-wall speakers?
When you envision the perfect 5.1 system in your room... what do you see?
I know that's a lot of questions... and there will be more. But the folks on here will help you through it. Just answer as best you can and work through the planning process. Everyone's situation is a bit different but if you'll stick with it you'll come out with the best answers for you specifically and you'll end up with a system you can enjoy to the fullest.
Answers to your questions
I dont have anything currently and just use the speakers from the Samsung TV which I got last year
The TV has HDMI and analog outlets
Dont need ipod connections. Just need to connect to the TV and the DVD player.
Bookshelf speakers is what I am looking for
I would need recommendation in speakers + receiver
The room is pre wired for 5.1
Hope this gives you enough info to recommend.
You want 5.1 bookshelf speakers and receiver recommendation for a room that is already prewired for 5.1.
You want to connect to your Samsung TV (via HDMI?) and also connect your DVD (or is it Blu-Ray?) player (also via HDMI?)
Your listening habits are 80% Movies/TV/Sports and 20% pop music.
Take that info and post it in a new thread in the speakers forum: http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers Once you make that thread come back and reference it here so anyone who finds this can easily get to your new thread.
EDIT: I see you already have a thread over there... link to it here and then post some of the above info over there and run with that thread.
Then start reading the speakers, receivers-amps-and-processors and subwoofers-bass-and-transducers forums for ideas while you wait for responses.
Good Luck! Enjoy the journey!
Sorry I dont know the gauge but looks like the wire is pretty thick and is covered (not bare)
Connectors are already in place
The room size is 30 feet by 14 feet.
So about 29 feet is the distance to the front sound stage
and about 10 feet for the rear (I am not sure if this is what you are asking about)
Thanks for your points on the receiver and speaker connections
The wire gauge is 16AWG and is bare at the ends.
The speakers are in the wall 10feet apart for the front speakers and the rear speakers
and the distance from the front to the rear is about 29 feet so probably 35 feet of wire.
Hope this is info is helpful to recommend.