Originally Posted by JReuter21
Would it even be worth considering in a room that's a little over 20'x20'. The back speakers will be behind the couch at approximately 13' but still a big room to fill. Finishing my basement from scratch so not much left in the budget for initial sound system but getting the feeling I might have to just bite the bullet and get a stronger pieced together system instead of htib. What ya think?
For the room size you are describing, a HTIB would be better than just TV speakers, but it is always better to buy a separate AVR and choose some speakers that better suit the room size and still be in budget range. Polk and Martin Logan often have good prices on separate speakers that woudl go well with a Yamaha AVR. You can check Ebay for the Polk webstore, as well as Newegg which has Polk on sale regularly as well ad Martin Logan at times.
If it were me, I would look for a nice pair of Polk towers and a center channel speaker for the front and either the same towers for the rear or perhaps some smaller Polk satellites that can be wall or stand mounted. And. .. . maybe two 8" to 10" sub woofers. Yes... two, because in that sized room if you want good LFE (Low Frequency Effects) for movies, then two woofers would fit the ticket.
Others may recommend more. . . or less, but this would really still be a nominal priced system and yet give you pretty darned good sound.
You can also often pick up some great deals on used or refurb speakers on Ebay. I personally always liked the Polk M50 or R50 that I think is better than some of their newer models and can often be found at around $200 for a PAIR.Or some Monitor 60s or 70s are really nice.
Here's Newegg and Ebay:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006922&isNodeId=1&Description=Yamaha+RX-V&x=0&y=0http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006922&isNodeId=1&Description=Polk&x=0&y=0http://www.ebay.com/sch/TV-Video-Home-Audio-/32852/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Polk+Monitor
A modest system would cost somewhere between $1,000 to $1,600, but you can always add a piece at a time. Start with the AVR with front towers and center channel. Add rears, and then sub woofers. Or use the plastic. If you are patient, the Polks are on sale regularly and if you watch you can save hundreds on them. Are their better speakers than Polk? Of course. . . but they are a good choice compared to spending $3K to $10K or more on high end stuff.Edited by Phase700B - 2/13/13 at 7:37am