I'm pretty new to the Audio world but have been reading like nuts HIFI guides, manuals, forums and reviews for the past 3 months (have gotten pretty geeky in that sense, have understood all technical aspects) and have decided that I want to buy the Denon 1611 ($320) or Denon 1712 (if it drops to $350) for Christmas.
I based this decision on sound quality and accuracy, low distorsion, Audyssey MultEQ and don't need all the extras that Onkyo offers. Feel free to recommend other receivers within that price range.
I have never owned a home theater system before but already have a Samsung 32" HDTV (720p) and a Panasonic blu ray player, pretty happy with that.
I wouldn't be able to spent more than $250-$300 for speakers by the time I make both purchases (Christmas)...
One set has specially caught my eye: Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1
It has received pretty good reviews at CNET and at Amazon.
What I'm not sure about is whether I should go for that set or buy like a Polk Audio CS10 and Polk Audio Monitor 60 AM6025 for the time being until I save some more for a sub and surrounds. My dad could even lend me some old Panasonic speakers (6" woofer, 1" tweeter) that came with his defective all in one system for the time being.
So, the questions is: would I experience a significant improvement in audio quality and accuracy if I go for separate components (Polk Audio or suggestion within $300 for center and fronts) or would the Onkyo set be the best bang for the buck?
Uses would be Movies (60%) and Music (40%) but I would really like to experience an accurate sound when it comes to music since I like Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Ethnic music among others. Regarding movies, I'd like to have good bass and medium to loud sound level (not rock concert loud).
Room dimensions: 2.65m (W) x 4.30m (D) x 2.46m (H)
8.83' x 14.33' x 8.2'
I'm thrilled to hear your opinions since you are all pretty savvy!