Originally Posted by nearbeer
That budget puts you deep in the "can't be picky" category.
A lot variables here so I think some more detail is in order. But, my $.02 is that wanting to spend your money now is not money well spent. /R, NearBeer
I agree with NearBeer. DO NOT spend your money on a HTIB, they are always a compromise. You can buy the following, and wind up slightly over $500.
1) Energy 5.1 Take Classic system - Highly rated and very popular. Check out Amazon's price
2) Accessories4less.com has 5.1 receivers starting at $109, with 1 year warranty.