Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
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I understand how budget constraints are. I buy just about everything either used or refurbished!
I've got a slightly smaller Philips 30" CRT running thru a Sony STR-DE635 tuner from about 1999. I bought it used about 5 years ago, and it works great. It's a 5.1 receiver to which I have a set of Pioneer center and rear surround speakers connected. The front speakers are 35-year old big Panasonics that I took from an old Panasonic tuner/turntable combo setup. The sub is a Sony 35-watter that puts out plenty of deep sound in our 320-SF family room.
This setup works great and most of it fits in an entertainment center that includes the TV, the Sony receiver, the center speaker, an LG LST-3510A digital tuner / upscaling DVD player, another DVD player, and a VCR. All the components sit under the TV on stacked shelves.
To solve your immediate problem, I'd suggest looking for an inexpensive set of speakers. The Pioneers I have were offered on Overstock.com and cost about $45 shipped. Look on eBay for a nice used Sony receiver, or equivalent. I recently sold one there for $79. You can find a lot of good digital receivers that will run you under $100 delivered.
My cobbled system sounds good to me. I'm sure I could make it a little better with better speakers, but my family is happy. A lot of what you hear is the result of the time spent in properly locating and adjusting speakers. You can spend as much money as you want to, but there are ways to get where you want to go without breaking the bank.