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What is the best 5.1 audio setup that I can put together for $500? It's for a medium sized room and primarily for watching movies. I'm new to surround sound and don't know what to look for. Thanks.
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What is the best 5.1 audio setup that I can put together for $500? It's for a medium sized room and primarily for watching movies. I'm new to surround sound and don't know what to look for. Thanks.

Try this online dealer you can get a lot from them in the 500 buck range. The term is home theater in a box. Onkyo and Danon have many products in the price range.
http://www.accessories4less.com
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While the trend of over-spending the budgets of people seeking advice, this is a case where a small uptick in spending will yield an indisputable increase in performance/value. IMO. If the budget is a brick wall, go for 3.1 over HTiaB.

I believe that that Pioneer package stated above would be around $140 more than his budget with the sub and receiver. I know that be a stretch, but other than a cheap HTIB that is the cheapest full fledged system that I know of.
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here is a used polk system from the classifieds, not sure how good it is, but is $200 and new is $500 I believe. with a cheap receiver it would be about $340.


http://www.avsforum.com/t/1498397/reduced-polk-audio-tl1900-5-1-system-like-new
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I have this in my bedroom and it rocks.

 

http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/product/speaker-system-z906

 

add a optical cable coming out of your tv and you're done.

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I believe that that Pioneer package stated above would be around $140 more than his budget with the sub and receiver. I know that be a stretch, but other than a cheap HTIB that is the cheapest full fledged system that I know of.

+1 both comments.

For a HTIB, strictly sticking to the budget, the Denon system or this Onkyo (http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKHTS9400/Onkyo-HT-S9400-THX-7.1-Ch-Network-Home-Theater-Receiver/Speaker/1.html#!specifications) would both work.

If the OP can go the extra $140 the Pioneer set is a significant step up in sound quality, in the ability to "easily" fill the room with sound, and avoids "satellite" speaker issues. Another plus is that system is "upgrade-able" down the road (examples - the speakers are good enough to work well with a better sub, if the OP upgrades to better LCR front speakers these speakers will make good surrounds for a 7.1, etc.).
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If your budget is a brick wall, I think you could substitute the blowout-priced BS-21s instead of the current 22s ($99/pr @ Newegg), maybe the center is on sale somewhere too. I know they've gone for cheaper, if one wanted to wait a bit, might be able to bag the lot at the stated price point.
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What are the dimensions of your "medium room"?

What is medium in city apartment is much different rural home
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16' L x 11.5' W
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16' L x 11.5' W
I started with a $400 system in a 13.5' x 14.75' living room completely open on one side with the Polk RM6750 5.1 . And was always pleasantly surpised by the performance of this set-up given the price.

A receiver like the Pioneer VSX-822 would do the trick.

I set my budget with requiring 5.1 system. And I was very happy with my results.

As long as you know you are making a compromise you will be happy
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I also used a 5.1 package in my 14x18 room open at the back and it worked as well, like crazyrob said know its limitations but they will work quite well... still the 2nd gen Pioneers would be a great starter system or the first gen. and that would not put you over budget, but i do understand a budget and having the funds...
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5 each of the NXG Pro 4.1 speakers - the word is really good on them
http://www.amazon.com/Nxg-Pro-4-1-Satellite-Speaker/dp/B0044UHVOK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391656987&sr=8-1&keywords=nxg+pro+4.1

Denon 1513 receiver
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1513/DENON-AVR-1513-5.1ch-Home-Theater-Receiver-3D-ready/1.html

That will leave you room for Dayton subwoofer

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