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Experts I need your help. My living room is around 12"X 14" but I am renting will move to a bigger place in 2 months. I want to setup a home theater system this thanksgiving. I have a 40" Sony Bravia. My budget is ~$1000. Here's is what I have thought of so far:
1. Sony Blu-Ray DVD player ($250)
2. Sub - Bic H 100 ($250) or HSU VTF-1 ($400)
3. Polk R15s, CSi25 or R150 and CSi25 (Is there anything better?)
4. Receiver - Onkyo 606 or 874 (~$500, whichever is cheaper)

It is little bit out of my range but I may buy 1, 2 and 3 items right now and buy the receiver early next year. Please suggest other competitive equivalent products.

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If you buy the Blu Ray, Sub and Speakers now, what will you connect them to? Do you currently have a receiver you can use?

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I'd say start with a quality core 2.1 system

Pioneer VSX1018 receiver...1080p upscaling!
Pioneer BPD-51FD BlueRay...Awesome w newest firmware
Velodyne VRP1200 Sub...12"/velodyne/$180.00...WOW
Energy C-200 bookshelf speakers...$199 pr

a tiny bit above budget but an excellent system to grow with. The first two items will probobly come down after thanksgiving but the last two will sell out before then.
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If you buy the Blu Ray, Sub and Speakers now, what will you connect them to? Do you currently have a receiver you can use?
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No I don't have a receiver. Do we always need a receiver? Sorry I am a novice.
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Pioneer VSX1018 receiver...1080p upscaling!
Pioneer BPD-51FD BlueRay...Awesome w newest firmware
Velodyne VRP1200 Sub...12"/velodyne/$180.00...WOW
Energy C-200 bookshelf speakers...$199 pr
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Thanks a lot for your reply. I have some questions:
1. Is Pioneer VSX 1018 receiver better than Onkyo 606 or 874? Are they also 1080p upscaling?
2. Pioneer BPD-51FD BlueRay - I will try to see its reviews.
3. How is Velodyne VRP1200 Sub better than Bic H 100 ($250) or HSU VTF-1? I found many replies recommending them.
4. Can I extend Energy bookshelf speakers to 5.1 or 7.1 later on? Can we also mix and match different speaker brands?

Thanks in advance.

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Look at the eD A2-300 or A3-300 for your sub as well.....I would check out the sub forum. They are probably the most highly recommended in the 300-400 dollar range. If you go cheaper I would go with the BIC but probably not the HSU if you are watching alot of movies. I would go with a receiver and a 2.1 setup to begin with. Speakers are based much more on your personal preference.
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The Onkyo scales to 1080i while the Pio does 1080p...does that make it better? I also like the amplifier section of the Pio so IMO yes...it's better.

Dollar for dollar and consideing your budget, the Velo is the better choice. The Hsu will perform better but at more than twice the price...twice the performance???? Doubt it. This will ruffle some feathers but a sub is meant to do a lot more than boom boom boom so forget the BIC, it's junk

The Energy speakers can be expanded on as long as they're still available. Many internet specials are close outs on the years inventory and are destined to be replaced by newer models. Get em while you can caus they ain't like cars....it's much harder to find/buy used speakers!!!

Can you mix speaker brands...yep. Should you....Nope, except for surround speakers and subwoofers. The Left,Right and Center speakers should be from the same manufacturer and the same Series so that the drivers are voice matched. Otherwise you may have an overly 'bright' center or mains. You want all three of the fron speakers to blend seemlessly so panned sounds will flow across the soundstage.

Hope this helps. Let the BICkys flame on
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why worry about the AVR's upscaling capabilities? You have a BD player that can handle upscaling any DVD. If you watch a lot of 480i/480p cable/dish tv, then get a DVDO EDGE and get yourself a really good audio AVR. Otherwise I would choose the best AVR for audio and not video upscaling. Most AVR's aren't well built to do both audio decoding and video upscaling at the same time.

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The Onkyo scales to 1080i while the Pio does 1080p...does that make it better? I also like the amplifier section of the Pio so IMO yes...it's better.
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Is there no Onkyo which does 1080 p? I am not sure if we want to use Receiver for video too. If not why do we look for 3 HDMI's on a receiver?
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On the Onkyo..if you input 1080p, out comes 1080p..no problems. The onkyo is a great receiver for the price..i wouldn't be suprised to see sub$300 friday.
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