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I'm looking to spend <$1,000 and my best bang for my buck. I'm no audiophile, but i recently purchased a soundbar, and I do know those don't do it for me.

Here's my story.... Biased opinions aside, can anyone recommend me a set up for this price? It will used mostly for blu rays and gaming. I've read alot about Polk speakers, Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer receivers, but I'm just really not sure what way to go. The room is fairly large and wide open, so I know I have that against me with getting the best sound. I'd prefer to get a 7.1 receiver if the budget allows, but that's not a deal breaker. Right now, I'm just trying to get the receiver, center, sub, and fronts set up.... maybe some rears a little later down the road (unless the budget allows it).

If there is ANYTHING I should definitely pay attention to while shopping or any recommendations of any of the items I've mentioned I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!
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Polk PSW505 Subwoofer $170ea

Polk CS2 Center $150ea

Polk Monitor60C Floor Standing
$300/pair

Onkyo TX-NR609 7.2 THX Receiver
$370
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The Polk Monitor 70s are on sale right now at newegg for $300 a pair as well.
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Originally Posted by dbergs View Post

I'm looking to spend <$1,000 and my best bang for my buck. I'm no audiophile, but i recently purchased a soundbar, and I do know those don't do it for me.

Here's my story.... Biased opinions aside, can anyone recommend me a set up for this price? It will used mostly for blu rays and gaming. I've read alot about Polk speakers, Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer receivers, but I'm just really not sure what way to go. The room is fairly large and wide open, so I know I have that against me with getting the best sound. I'd prefer to get a 7.1 receiver if the budget allows, but that's not a deal breaker. Right now, I'm just trying to get the receiver, center, sub, and fronts set up.... maybe some rears a little later down the road (unless the budget allows it).

If there is ANYTHING I should definitely pay attention to while shopping or any recommendations of any of the items I've mentioned I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!

I would stik to a 5.1 system at your budget. Better to buy fewer good speakers than more mediocre ones.

Second, what do you mean by a "fairly large and wide open" room? Could we get some dimensions, please?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by harpo1 View Post

The Polk Monitor 70s are on sale right now at newegg for $300 a pair as well.

Yep, the black ones are $150ea and the cherry ones are a bit higher @ $220ea.
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Thanks so far, guys.

It's kind of hard to describe but when you come down the basement steps the main wall where the TV is, is about 19'. The width of the room is about 30' wide, but after you come down the steps and turn left, the basement goes back another 20'. It's an L shaped basement with the main viewing area being about in a smaller section. Laminate tile (no carpet). Couch sits about 12' feet from the TV.
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