I've often come to AVSforum to educate myself off and on but never signed up until now. I just wanted to say thanks to those who have taken the time to post their suggestions for component alternatives. G-star, Noya and others who limited their bias (in most cases
and provided alternatives, with links even, for comparably priced systems helped point me in the right direction and it's much appreciated. Also thanks to rsk who, although you ended up going with the 990 anyway, posed your initial questions in such a manner that it made it that much easier for the forum vets to respond.
Now for my own question. I have a Sharp Aquos 52" showing up on Wednesday and I'm eager to get an audio system that will do it justice. Due to what I'm spending on the set I can't go all out on the audio, I'd prefer to keep the ceiling at $1,500 when all is said and done (tax, shipping, cables, plugs etc. etc.)
Right now space is somewhat limited. My HT room is 12x15. Viewing will be from upper left to lower right corners lengthwise. Viewing distance is anywhere from 8 - 13 feet (I have two couches converging at a right angle in the lower right corner.) Unfortunately due to a mantle and a space heater having a presence the diagonal angle is necessary. While the TV is 'almost' too big for the room I spent quite a bit of time at the stores at different distances and viewing should be rather nice. My problem however is that I am limited with speaker space. I can probably swing a 5.1 setup via speaker stands without too much trouble if I use bookshelf speakers but I'm not sure I can do 7.1 without the extra set of speakers being obstructed by furniture or, on the left side of the room actually obstructing viewing. Can anyone suggest speakers that are slightly smaller but still have good SQ?
Also, as my TV supports HDMI I'd like a receiver that can support it fully to limit connection issues. Are there any receivers you'd recommend that I could squeeze into my price range or should I be looking for a receiver with more optical/coaxial digital inputs?
And finally are there any strong opinions against using the new XBox 360 HD-DVD player as a primary DVD player? I've been told it seems to handle upscaling and HD-DVD tasks nicely. This is a lower priority question as I'm sure a thread exists covering this, I just have to dig more to find it.
SVS seems low on relevant B - Stock for what I want but right now they are still at the top of my list to answer my speaker solution, although I find the size of their speakers a bit daunting. I will likely get the 10" sub unless I end up spending less than I expect on the receiver, in which case I might step that up to the 12".
Even if I get no responses, thanks again for the information you've already provided!