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Hey Guys,
I just bought a new TV (Samsung 56" DLP HDTV) and want to setup up a home theatre type of system. I currently have Comcast Cable, and I'm deciding on if I should switch to Direct TV or Dish to get more HD content. Also, On recommendation, I was encouraged to purchase a Blue Ray DVD player to get the most out of the movies, which is the main reason for the setup.

I need some advice and direction on the surround system setup. What to buy, where, what brands etc...
I'm not looking to break the bank though...Maybe spend $1,500 -$2,000 on the whole thing (speakers/sub/receiver) if posssible.

My room is 18.5' x 25' with ~10' vaulted ceiling. So ~4,600 sq ft. It has Wood floors and the furniture is in the center of the room (to keep wiring in mind)...so Wireless rear speakers maybe?

Let me know what you guys think please. Your opinions are much appreciated.

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You have a pretty large room, so I'd put a fair amount towards a sub to be able to fill that room with bass. Also, your room is very 'live' with its wood floors, to get the most out of any system, I strongly recommend room treatments. For 2k, here's a few options I would consider if it was my 2k:

This setup for 600 (the 5.0 setup): http://www.svsound.com/products-spks-sbs01.cfm
This sub: http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-box-isd2.cfm
Or this: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3-ho.html
Which leaves 500 for a receiver such as:
http://usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/3254.asp (MSRP 550, can probably be had for less $)
Or
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-acgMIwe...0&I=580TXS605B
Or
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-acgMIwe...20&I=022RXV661

Not saying buy it through crutchfield, but they do have good info on their site. You can probably find the above recievers for less elsewhere.

I'd stick with any of the above 3 receivers as well as the either of the above subs, for other speaker choices, you could also consider the following:
Two pair of these: http://www.**********/products_produc...s&product=82.1
and this center: http://www.**********/products_produc...s&product=91.1

Or
5 of these: http://www.aperionaudio.com/product/...er,7,20,6.aspx

Or
A pair of these: http://www.paradigm.com/en/paradigm/...4-1-1.paradigm
with this center: http://www.paradigm.com/en/paradigm/...4-1-6.paradigm
and these surrounds: http://www.paradigm.com/en/paradigm/...2-1-9.paradigm

you should audition as many speakers as you can, there are quite a few brands that have good speakers at your budget level such as Polk, Infinity, Energy, etc.
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Thanks for all of the information Deneb! Yeah the Sub will be important to me...I like alot fo rumble with the movies...and I rarely listen to music in the house.

Any recommendations on Wireless speakers for the rear? Not recommended?
I'm wondering how to wire the rear speakers with wooded floors and the furniture located in the middle of the room.

Thanks again for all the information!
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I'll throw in a recommendation for SVS 3 = SCS up front with SBS for the surrounds or maybe AV123e x-sls L & R scs center with xls for surrounds.

Sub Id go with something like a Pci 20-39 or a PB12 NSD

Receiver Id look at the Onkyo 605 or 675
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Hey Guys,
I just bought a new TV (Samsung 56" DLP HDTV) and want to setup up a home theatre type of system. I currently have Comcast Cable, and I'm deciding on if I should switch to Direct TV or Dish to get more HD content. Also, On recommendation, I was encouraged to purchase a Blue Ray DVD player to get the most out of the movies, which is the main reason for the setup.

I need some advice and direction on the surround system setup. What to buy, where, what brands etc...
I'm not looking to break the bank though...Maybe spend $1,500 -$2,000 on the whole thing (speakers/sub/receiver) if posssible.

My room is 18.5' x 25' with ~10' vaulted ceiling. So ~4,600 sq ft. It has Wood floors and the furniture is in the center of the room (to keep wiring in mind)...so Wireless rear speakers maybe?

Let me know what you guys think please. Your opinions are much appreciated.

Thanks
Christopher

OK let me just say this. This is a little off topic but here goes. I have had both dishnetwork and directv and i switched back to cable (insight which is pretty close to comcast). I have never been happier and i would not go back to any dish unless i lived in an area where i couldn't get cable.

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OK let me just say this. This is a little off topic but here goes. I have had both dishnetwork and directv and i switched back to cable (insight which is pretty close to comcast). I have never been happier and i would not go back to any dish unless i lived in an area where i couldn't get cable.

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Ncage,
Can you tell me why? It looks to me that Dish and Direct have ALOT more HD channels than our cable company. That would be the main reason for my switching.
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Guys,
Just a little more about my room that might help with suggestions...
The main wall that the TV is on is wired up into the attic and there are already four ceiling speaker mounts intalled in the four corners of the room by the previous owners, for what seems like satellite speakers. If I stuck with a similar setup, My wiring would be easy.
Thanks again for all of the help guys!
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Thanks all..
Any other opinions and options?
Would it be better to look at tower speakers for the front and satelites for the rear? I have existing mounts hangin from the four corners of the room from the previous owners..not sure if I can use them, but they are there...looks like they would hold lighter weight satellites.
What about the KEF 305 system?
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