Charmerci - thanks for the suggestions and links. Seems like the consensus from everyone is to start out with a decent pair of 2.1 speakers and work on building the 5.1 surround. Makes sense and honestly, the thought never crossed my mine.
A few people have recommended Denon for the receiver. The prices of the Denon receivers are attractive and fit the budget well. I see where you recommend the AVR-1513 for $109 and Transmanciacon recommended AVR-E300 for $189 (based on the networking and Audyssey - which I am not sure what it does). What do either of you think about the AVR-E200 for $159 on Amazon(http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-E200...iglink20391-20
)? The price is in the middle of the AVR-1513 and AVR-E300; however, I am not sure if the Audyssey is as good as the E300, or should I not even worry about Audyssey?
The price of the sub, Dayton Audio SUB-1200 is not bad either. Plus it is in manufactured in Dayton, Ohio which is about 1hr 30 min from me!
Bladerunner6 - yes, the $500-$600 is for the receiver, speaker, and sub. Later this year and in the beginning of next year I will continue to add on.
Warner2Bruce - thanks for the Pioneer Andrew Jones speaker recommendation. I will research them.
Mphfrom77 - thanks for the suggestion of considering used equipment locally and on the classified section of the forum(s). I am not opposed to buying used equipment. I went to a few local AV shops in my area, but really had no clue what I was looking for. The sales guys will try to sell you anything and say it is the best!
Wow, the RC-70s are nice, but good golly are they pricey! haha, definitely something to work towards as I grow my home theater. I have ran across the Energy brand on a few threads. I looked the company up and it seems they are associated (or an entity) with Klipsch.
Unfortunately, we don’t have Fry’s in Ohio. live in the Columbus, Ohio area. If anyone has any recommendations on some local Craigslist items, please let me know!
Thanks everyone for the recommendation on the different brands of speakers and equipment. I will check them out.