Originally Posted by afrogt
I'm just wondering why someone would spend $1500-$3000 for a new HDTV and then expect to buy a $200 sound system to go with it?
Definitely upgrade your budget to $750 or more, or at minimum find a refurb HTIB on shoponkyo.com that comes with a real receiver.
I don't get it either, but I can take a guess as to why people think it's a legitimate option - every Best Buy/Circuit City ad these days has huge, multi-thousand dollar TV's paired with small, cheap HTIB's in bundle deals. To the uneducated consumer, it looks like the $200 HTIB's are being recommended for use with big-screen, premium TV's, and so they unquestioningly buy them. Sad but true.
Constantine, for someone who isn't picky at all about sound quality, but just wants to be able to say "I have surround sound," a tiny $200 HTIB might be a viable option in a very small room. Anyone who wants a sound system that can even come close to complementing a large, $2000+ TV needs to realize that unfortunately, good audio comes at a cost, as well. I'd seriously recommend, as pocketaces did earlier, to consider dropping just a few inches off of the display. You'll probably save around $500 by doing so, and can then use the $700-$800 for real speakers. Or, just hold off on buying the audio gear for now. Get the big TV and wait until you have some money saved up to buy decent audio. I understand that not everyone prioritizes good audio, and many people don't have the money to purchase it, but it really blows my mind to spend $3000 on a TV and less than one tenth of the amount on audio. For $200, take your pick - read reviews on Best Buy, Circuit City, and Amazon, close your eyes, and point at a system. Then get that one. Otherwise, try to budget a bit more for audio. It'll be totally worth it in the end!
For $300 you can get a cheap Onkyo HTIB, maybe a refurb from shoponkyo.com that will sound ok. The problem is, at that price, it's hard to find the connections you'll need for the PS3 and all of the high-tech gear you'll undoubtedly be using with it. Unless of course you are treating this audio purchase as a disposable, temporary thing, in which case I'd say fine, get a cheap HTIB for now, knowing you'll replace it in the not-too-distant future. Still, I'd recommend just waiting and saving the money to get better stuff to begin with. Good luck.