Originally Posted by SSJVejita1
I'm not denying your knowledge emacs...there's just no money for an expensive system. Hopefully the difference between my TV speakers and a 1000 dollar sound system will be enough for me. I get by very well with just the TV speakers right now.
You can get a decent setup (for a smallish room) for under a thousand, but don't look for everything to come in one box. Take it from me, a recent convert, satellites suck, even just compared to cheap bookshelf speakers. I went from a few hundred dollar Sony 5.1 HTiB system to a system you could put together for $700 or less, if you were more patient than I.
This probably isn't the best
setup for the money, but it's decent enough, although if I had it to do over, I'd probably pick a different center, the voice is too bright, IMO:
1 Onkyo 605 $350-$430, depending on whether you require instant gratification
4 JBL Venue Monitor bookshelf speakers $100-200, again depending on patience
1 JBL Venue Voice center channel speaker $75-$130
1 $150-$200 subwoofer from the HTiB alternatives thread
P.S. Said system still sounds great, even with the chintzy subwoofer left over from the HTiB. I'm going to replace it as soon as the budget allows, though. The sony is sloppy.