from the audio theory thread to this thread.....and your $1k budget given there
For $1.1 k a decent entry 5.1 set-up can be easily had.
2 years ago I did same for my brother, all via amazon:
A/V receiver: Onkyo TX-606 $350
Front Rh/Lh and rear surrounds: Polk TSi100’s $200/pair, $400 for 4
Center channel: Polk CS10 Center $138
Subwoofer: BIC America F12 $240
I'm sure same or better deal is out there with updated A/V receiver and Polk speakers/BIC sub.
IMO, give up on the sound bar.
Good luck, hopefully others will chime in.
I made a wish list "$1.1k 5.1 system" on amazon, look here, now you can easily see the gear:
(same as above, just the Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver instead of the older model)http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishl..._wl_rlist_go_o