Hey everyone, I am new to this forum. I just started looking into a home theater system in the past week, and this forum came up on all of my searches, and it seems like you all really know what you are talking about. I don't know too much about home theater systems, so I am asking for some advice. I want a 5.1 speaker system for my living room. The center and front speakers should be rather small to fit in the entertainment center (not behind any glass, just fitting on the shelves). This will mostly be used for blu-rays and PS3, but also standard TV viewing. The room is actually open into the kitchen, so I know the acoustics won't be the best. I have about $750 to spend though I would like to spend less, and here are a few options I have come up with, prices are all at Crutchfield (are there some other reliable places with better prices to order from?).
Options for Receiver:
Denon AVR-1612 $219
Denon AVR-1513 $249
Onkyo TX-NR414 $499 $299
Speakers: I have landed on an Energy 5.1 system so far.
Energy Take Classic 5.1 $399
Energy RC-Micro 5.1 $399
Energy Take Classic 5.0 with Mirage OMNI S8 subwoofer $449 (is that sub worth the extra $50?)
For the $650 to $750 price range, are there any recommendations here? I don't see a huge difference between most of these, but then again, I don't know a lot about it. When I do the comparison for instance, it seems like the Denon 1612 is better than the 1513 but cheaper, thats why I am including both, hoping someone can explain that to me.
Sorry if these are newbie questions, if there is some protocol I didn't follow, I apologize in advance.