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Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Northern Colorado
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Don't sell yourself short by boxing in a set budget for everything. You'll be upgrading sooner than you want or expected.
Ascend Acoustics .com and Arx (via theaudioinsider.com) make some great bang vs. buck internet direct speakers.
That Newegg sale on the Klipsch RW-12d is really worth a look.
Then get a receiver. From experience, I'd skip Sony. Make sure it can do 7.1 decoding, at least, if you want to upgrade down the line.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!