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htib is a hard choice...need help

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hey, i am fairly new to this site and i could use some help on getting a HTIB.

so heres my deal. i bought a ps3 a while ago and i got an HDTV (sharp aquos tc-c 3242U) and i want a nice sound system to go with it to get the full experiance from my playstation 3.

heres what i want in my HTIB...

7.1 or 5.1 surround (i would really like 7.1 however, of course not necissary)

HDMI inputs/outputs (no pass-thru, i wanna get both sound and video through HDMI)

and even though i dont know whats good i wouldnt mind LPCM and all off the good D's like Dobly True HD or DTS HD or whatever they call them (im new so i have no idea what they are, i just know that they are good.)

my budget is $700

thanks,
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Well, I just got the Philips HTS3544 for $199.95 and it is amazing, especially for the price. I tested it against every system at Wal-Mart upto about $600 and it came out on top. In home in sounds even better. I haven't even hooked it up to digital cables yet and I was blown away by it. I calibrated it a little and damn it's just fantastic for the price. It delivers great sounds for such a small price and I can use that extra money for something else.

I believe is has HDMI, but I'll have to check. BTW, it includes a progressive scan dvd player. I tested it with my uncle's PS3 and Blu-Ray/Games just made mjy jaw hit the floor. The sound was just really powerful, clear, warm, etc. For the price it's just an unbelievable bang for the buck. It's gettin great reviews and for very good reason.

If you want something really nice and to save a lot this is a great choice. For $700 though I would definitely put together a non Home Theater in a box setup.

BTW, techincally not home theater in a box, but a great deal is www.yambekaaudio.com speakers (you can get a 5.1 or 7.1 set cheap) + a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver on Ebay. Very cheap system put together easily. You can add your own woofer too. You will probably come in well below $700 and still beat a home theater in a box setup. I would've done this, but I was cheap and wanted something quick.
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That's more or less my same budget, too.

I'm planning on getting the Sony STR-DG910 receiver ($350ish, 7.1, will play True HD and such but won't decode it which is unnecessary anyway) but the speakers...every time I think I make a decision, I make another discovery.

I've more or less narrowed down what I'm interesting in to these choices, which perhaps could help you decide, who knows...

Infinity TSS-450 5.1 set $175ish
JBL SCS-300.5 5.1 set $250ish
Polk RM6750 5.1 set $250ish
Onkyo SKS-HT240 6.1 set $350ish

They're all very well reviewed, which makes making a decision even more difficult. I'm reading that the more range the center and satellites have, the better, i.e. don't go for any that go from 150hz to 20khz. The Onkyo's have the widest range out of all the ones I've listed. I'm pretty sure that's what I'll inevitably get, CNET's review certainly helps.
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heres what i want in my HTIB...

7.1 or 5.1 surround (i would really like 7.1 however, of course not necissary)

HDMI inputs/outputs (no pass-thru, i wanna get both sound and video through HDMI)

and even though i dont know whats good i wouldnt mind LPCM and all off the good D's like Dobly True HD or DTS HD or whatever they call them (im new so i have no idea what they are, i just know that they are good.)

my budget is $700 ...

Is your room big enough to need 7.1? It adds two more speakers, so increases the price obviously. Try this thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=809777.

Your budget is just about right for a starter system that can evolve later (with upgraded speakers mostly) but you can already get some really good thumpin' sound going for $700 with all the special stuff out there right now to make it easy. The advice given in this thread will allow you to get there for about half of MSRP or close, so you'll be using close to a $1,500 system at MSRP if you take the time and effort to think about some of the recommendations.

Download the thread if you prefer (it takes less than 60 seconds with broadband), if you find it's easier to read through all the posts in MS Word.
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