I recommend that you get two of the NHT SuperZero speakers, which are $99 each on Amazon and are WAY better than a lot of speakers at similar prices. NHT makes excellent speakers for the money.
Put those together with the Polk PSW505 subwoofer, which is currently $250 on Amazon, and you have a start on a very nice system.
Add two more NHT SuperZero speakers later for 5.1.
I recommend Denon receivers for the most part, but Yamaha and Onkyo are possibilities. it's best to get one with a full range of functionality and features now so you don't have to trade up later.
I would recommend the Denon AVR-1911 or 1712 because they have Audessy EQ room correction, dual-zone, and tons of very good features. Amazon has them for around $420. Good choices all.
I guess that comes to $900 plus shipping.
Amazon lists shipping to Hawaii as $9.99 plus 59 cents per pound for electronic items, which doesn't sound too bad at all. That should be less than $100 for everything.
The subwoofer is really an independent thing and there is no need to "match" it to the other speakers brand-wise, and you might want to see what you can come up with locally, since it is such a heavy item to ship. I would suggest that you look for one with at least a 12-inch driver, and at least 200 watts RMS (400 watts peak). Sears seems to carry a full line of 12-inch BIC America subs for $200-400 dollars. With your small room, almost any of their 12-inch models should work.
Real tough place to have to live, Kauai...rofl.
Originally Posted by kauaidoug
I live on Kauai with a Sears, Kmart and a Costco. That's it for audiophile. No way to listen to anything except fly to Honolulu. Don't think so. Something to consider for warranties, updates,shipping,etc.
I am on a limited budget but think the way to go is build on quality at each component.
I have a small, carpeted room 10'x15' with a large stuffed couch and recliner.
Moderate levels on volume,mostly for Movies but do like to play some tunes(rock,Hawaiian)
42" Panasonic HDTV 1 year old, simple blu ray panasonic player, I am not a Mac person and I have been out of the loop since buying my old Panasonic HTIB 10 years ago. It's crap and anything would sound better.
My point is I don't really know enough about what is out there now let alone what is coming down the pike in the way of gizmos and connections. Never heard of "firmware" till I started looking into the new system.
I need a good avr, thinking Denon's 1712 is reasonable. I'm interested in more better sound than bells and whistles. Open to suggestions there.
My budget for this first go round is $1K max. With that i would like the amp and the front speakers, keeping in mind matching the subwoofer and rest of the 5.1 later. The room is so small 7.1 would be overkill. I really love reclining in my chair and watching a good movie. I want to hear glass break and doors slam and cars roar. My first post, appreciate any suggestions. Mahalo