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Hi all,

I am a newb here but have been learking on the site for a while. I have tried to find a combination of the best 7.1 setup for the money. I recently purchased an 60" TV for my basement and i am pre-wired for 7.1. My space is 25'x12'.

I need some advice on the best combination of receiver and speakers on a budget ($900). Right now, I am thinking of buying a refurb'd Denon 2312 on Accessories4less for around $500 and then purchasing the Energy take classic 5.1 speakers to get me started until we can afford two other speakers. I will have internet, Bluray (PS3), HDMI Cable box all hooked up to the system.

Would this be a good start or do you recommend a different receiver and speaker combo in my price range.
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The Take Classics are kind of small for that room. You would be better off to start with a 2.0 or 2.1 system with bookshelves or towers, and then build out from there.

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And a $500 receiver is too much money, on a $900 budget.

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The Take Classics are kind of small for that room. You would be better off to start with a 2.0 or 2.1 system with bookshelves or towers, and then build out from there.

Yes, and spend less on the receiver.

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Thanks for the replies. The reason I wanted the classics is because the surround speakers were going to be mounted to the ceiling (8 foot) so I dont want anything big and bulky hanging from the ceiling. I wanted a nice receiver so I could eventually upgrade speakers if necessary. I have seen the thread of a pioneer vsx 1121-k for $380 shipped brand new. I know nothing about pioneer AVR, any good? Sorry this is my first go around on a HT and dont want to regret making a purchase.
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You do not need large surrounds to match larger fronts - it is your choice,
however you can start with a cheaper refurbish receiver, then sell it later
when you have funds to upgrade.

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Thanks for the replies. The reason I wanted the classics is because the surround speakers were going to be mounted to the ceiling (8 foot) so I dont want anything big and bulky hanging from the ceiling. I wanted a nice receiver so I could eventually upgrade speakers if necessary. I have seen the thread of a pioneer vsx 1121-k for $380 shipped brand new. I know nothing about pioneer AVR, any good? Sorry this is my first go around on a HT and dont want to regret making a purchase.

No worries, you are asking good questions.

That Pioneer would be a good receiver. IMHO, those refurbished Denon receivers are a better deal. The seller is a legitimate authorized Denon and Onkyo dealer and you get a full warranty.

7.1 is overrated (I say this as a 7.1 owner). Nothing wrong with wanting it, but your front 3 speakers and subwoofer should be your primary focus.

Focus the majority of your budget on your main three speakers and your subwoofer and then add the smaller surrounds as your budget allows. I really would not spend more than $300 on a receiver of you can. Something like a Denon 1911 will give you 7.1, HDMI 1.4, Audyssey MultiEQ, etc.
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I bought this Denon 791 from AC4L, and it works fine - I prefer it
over the non Elite Pioneers. However, Pioneer is a decent receiver.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

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How high is your ceiling? Sub output is dependent on cubic feet. That's a big room if the ceilings are only 8ft., more than the Take Classic sub can handle.

I'd look at least at a BIC PL-200. Acoustic Sound Design will take a bid under $300. Check out the owners thread in the subwoofer forum where you can learn all about it, ask questions, and find out the best price.

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