Originally Posted by Knight Operator
What is the proper ratio of how much your items should cost? Please correct me if this is inaccurate but I had head that one should spend at least as much on sub woofers as the cost of the front left and right speakers, and the amp should be somewhere around 25% of what you spent on the sum total of all the speakers in the system. Your display should be as much as the entire system. I read it in here somewhere and thought it was an interesting tidbit but cant find where i read it. anyone heard of this ratio or offer counter arguments to a balanced home theater budget system?
I think you are setting yourself up for one of those situations where "All generalizations are false".
For example, display costs relate to display size, but display size relates to your room and seating situation as well as your preferences.
A different situation evolves when the system is very low cost. If you need an AVR for a low cost system you will probably find that a quality AVR is going to run over $200 no matter how little you spend on the speakers or the rest of the system.
There are other price floors. If you spend much less than $400 for speakers for a 2.1 system, its quality is probably going to suffer pretty badly.
Diminishing returns sets in at different price points depending on the kind of equipment. I can see spending $thousands on speakers but never much more than $200 on a Blu Ray player for use with an AVR.
There is an inherent fallacy in trying to rigidly map price into quality.
I think I've agreed with you that the investment in sub(s) should at least match what is spent on the fronts.
Cable costs vary tremendously depending on whether your system arrangement needs them to be routed through the walls.
If you choose to buy your own mics and measurement equipment for system tuning, then spending extra for a feature like Audyssey Multieq XT32 may be a waste.