I am new at buying home theater equipment (5.1 speaker set and a receiver) and was wondering if someone could give me their take on this. Best Buy is offering a deal on the Definitive Technology speakers ($800) paired with the Yamaha RX-V765 ($600) where if you bought them together, you would get $200 off the pair (so $1200 for the set).
I began doing some other research and found some other speakers that may give me the quality I want for much less of a price. Specifically, I came across the Energy Take Classic 5.1 for $400 and the Klipsch HDT500 for $600. I want a speaker that is a good for all purpose use and produces a quality sound for somone who can't tell the difference between a great speaker and an incredible speaker (i.e. not necessarily audiophile quality, but still overall good quality).
As for receivers, I've researched a bunch of brands and just don't know what to choose. I know Yamaha will typically be better for music, while say Denon would be better for movies (and is also a bit more complicated to use?), but to my ears, I'm sure they would all sound the same. I essentially want good HDMI connectivity, not so complicated configuration and use (maybe a GUI for extra ease), up-converting audio and video, all the quality audio features you'd expect a decent receiver to have (dolby, HD audio, etc.). I've generally been referring to CNET reviews for that stuff.
For speaker price, at a maximum, I'll pay the $800 for the Def. Tech. 600s, but if I'm not losing a lot of audio quality, would love to pay half that for the Energy Take Classic 5.1 (or anything similar to and in between those products). One thing I noticed about the Klipsch is that some come with wall brackets which is a nice feature for no added expense.
For receiver price, I would ideally be at $400 or below.
So, can anyone help me with some advice on the above products or possibly different reccommendations? Like I said, I can get the Definitive Technology speakers ($800) paired with the Yamaha RX-V765 ($600) with a $200 discount ($1200), so that is essentially the highest end system I'm willing to put together.
I've also heard that I am going to need to spend $60 for 50 feet of cable and probably $30/wall bracket for 4 brackets.
Any suggestions as to where I can cut cost significantly while cutting quality minimally for my non-audiophile requisite status is the goal. Help please!