So my budget is only $500 max and I'm not really sure what to do here. If I should get a HTiB (I can get a factory refurbed Onkyo S8409 or S7500 for under $500, leaning towards the S8409 as I like the PC port, makes life easier for me), should I buy my own receiver and speakers + subwoofer or should I just "settle" with a decent sounbar w/sub to hold me over?
I've always used the speakers built-in to the TV (I know, I know) as I've simply never had the space available to do even a soundbar. I'm finishing up remodeling my family room for my new 65" VT50 Panasonic Plasma and now have the space for a sound system, but money, unfortunately, is kinda tight.
Thanks in advance!!!