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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I just bought a new house, with the living room measuring 17'x17 also connecting to foyer and bar window to kitchen, all floors being tiled.

It is pre-wired for a 5.1 system in the living room, as well as an outdoor speaker, and I have a Sony Bravia KDL 46EX500 (wall mounted). (not Internet TV nor 3D). HDMI connects tv to "will be" receiver.

Primary use is TV-sports etc, movies, Wii, two zone indoor/ outdoor for parties, BBQ, etc. No serious requirements on HUGE volume output. No real gaming requirements needed. However, Netflix, etc IS needed
Inputs are Cablebox, Wii, DVD/blueray...pretty standard stuff.

Looking to spend <$1000 preferably and need the following:

Receiver unit (2 zone for indoor/outdoor options) does this mean 7.1 is needed?
DVD/blueray player
(one of which needs wireless Internet connectivity as I understand it).
speaker set-up (white "preferred" by the fiancé)
on wall tilting option mounts
outdoor speaker (1 prewired, more MAY be added in future)
what else am I missing?
a control all remote will be in the near future if needed.

I'm totally new to this so any and all recommendations, links, advice, or other input is more than welcome. I'm starting to get a grasp on what is needed but fall short on what to get.

post #2 of 8
Cannot be done with new equipment unless you go home-theater-in-box (htib). I would start with 2.1, a receiver, and a BD player, then save up for the rest of the surrounds and the outside speakers. Alternative is to go used.
post #3 of 8
Heres just a few suggestions for items. With the white speakers its hard to get a good system unless you get into say the Def Techs or Klipsch or other high dollar line. If Black is ok then I would eighter look into the polks or another line as they can be had for a fair amount to get you around the $1k line


Indoor speaker choices: * Being "white" there isnt much to chhose from unless you get into the more expensive lines

Outdoor speakers; *These can be black in coolr as well

DVD player:

post #4 of 8
Well, you aren't connecting ONE speaker to be powered by the receiver in 2nd zone, so you can take that out of the equation(till you add another wire).

Most manufacturers have a wifi BD player for about $100. There is almost no reason to compare them. If you want Netflix, buy one with Netflix. If you want Pandora, get one with Pandora. I'd start with Sony, especially if you have a Premium Outlet by you with a Sony Store.

A 7.1 receiver can be had for $400(at your price level, Onkyo is just about all you need to look at. Nobody else has the features you want till $500)

White speakers...That will be the tough one, especially with only $500 to devote to it...
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio--Wa...8666794&sr=1-3 (2 pairs, get a black center, can't imagine a black speaker won't work right next to the TV)

One thing you "forgot"
http://www.amazon.com/Sanus-Systems-...666897&sr=1-15 (since you mounted your TV, mount the center speaker to it)

If you want white mounts, you can find them...
http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Univ...8667238&sr=1-1 (by the way, I've NEVER SEEN a speaker mount that wasn't tilt, they have to tilt so you can aim the speaker)
post #5 of 8
The one outdoor speaker is problematic for sure. That means all stereo sources (which is all sources) will need to be mixed to mono for proper operation / audio.

I don't think that can be done internally on any AVR.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I've pretty much thrown the white speakers out the window as they seem to be either very low end, or pretty high end.

I'm continuing to shop all of your recommendations up to this point.

Any more insight is always welcome.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I am also going to run additional wiring for the outdoor speakers. The solo speaker being problematic, never crossed my mind. I plan on adding a tv to the back porch anyways, so that will get that out of the way. Thanks for the insight.
post #8 of 8
Since you are running a TV out there...

This would be a wise choice, by price and twin HDMI...
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