Hey everyone thank you for the helpful replies. I have now purchased P142 x2 and P152 x2. Next I'm going to get the center channel and sub. I'll use those as 5.1 until I can afford the two 362s for front, then I'll move the 142s to rear surround and the 152s to surround.
Total cost of system so far (STR-DG910 and 4 factory refurbished speakers) = $429.50
E-bay and harmanaudio.com for the win.
So here's my current dilemmas:
1) My HT room has a really weird configuration. My TV is in a corner of the room (by necessity), and my living room is open to the dining room, making the actual space much larger. The seating is a sectional couch such that if you're sitting in the corner of the sectional, your gaze is exactly perpendicular with the width of the TV, if that makes sense. Here's a pic:http://picasaweb.google.com/jrlepage...09198327428386
Any suggestions on where to place the speakers? Sorry it's blurry, used my phone.
2) What sub would you suggest getting? I realize that it doesn't have to be Infinity and there may be better values out there, but I guess I'm a little OCD and want the speaker to be Infinity also... What size should I get so that it won't drown out the rest of my system?
3) This is a dumb question but the Sony STR-DG910 is 110 watts/channel output and the speakers are only 100W... is this a problem? Do I need to make sure not to crank it too loud? (not that I really ever do that)
4) One other dumb question - if I buy a powered sub does it matter how many watts it is? In other words can you use a 300W sub with a receiver that is 110W per channel?