Preface: This site is great. I am always amazed at the time, energy and dedication hobbyist share with strangers. Your knowledge is invaluable. Thanks! Like many previous posts, I am looking for my first system and in some ways my last. After this initial purchase I don’t see myself having the resources to invest further. I would like to end up with a complete 5.1 system.
Background: I began by looking at HTIB systems. I knew from the get go I would be getting a subpar system and was okay with it. I was looking at the Onkyos S6200 and S7200 initially until I received a bonus at work that bumped me up to the S9100 (available for $850 amazon or newegg). I almost pulled the trigger but decided to delve into the audiophiles lair, my biggest and best mistake. I am truly overwhelmed…help!
Budget: $850 is my cap, sorry.
Dimensions: The room where this will be used is 17ft wide by 20ft long and a vaulted ceiling with the highest point at 10 ft 3 inches (not much of vault…I know). The TV is placed on the longest wall (50inch Panny plasma). Let me know if you need more detail than this.
Requirements: I use the term loosely as I don’t have the cash to back it up.
a. 7.1 or 7.2 receiver
b. Zone two capability (I have stereo speakers on the deck)
c. At least 4 HDMI repeater (audio and video, right?) inputs.
d. Latest codec support (TrueHD, DTS-HD)
a. 5.1 system
b. Book shelf style fronts and surrounds, wall mountable (I am willing to mod this myself)
c. A reasonably sized Sub.
Conclusion: Should I just bite the bullet and go for the S9100? I recently read a review of the SBS-01 5.1 speaker system and fell in love with her, but I don’t want to blow my whole budget ($800 special) on speakers and be stuck with the donated all in one Samsung five disk changer HTIB. I considered buying the SBS-01 system without the sub (around $399 I believe) and saving up for something later but I am not convinced I will have the money for this in the future (I have the Sammy sub too). I do have some speakers I could use as surrounds (old school Kenwood stereos or again the sammys) if I really felt like I was benefiting from the increase in quality on the fronts/center.
Please feel free to ask questions. Like everyone, I wish I had some real cash for this but…