Originally Posted by jspursfan
2) Does anyone recommend any particular speakers to go with the receiver? I'm looking for cheap deals that will work well with my system. I got the receiver at CC on an open-box special for less than $170, and i'm not looking to spend a ton of dough.
3) HTIB - i noticed there aren't very many supporters on this site for this, but is there a HTIB that will fit my needs that would save me money? I can return or sell the receiver if necessary.
Speakers are one area where good ones really do make a big, big, difference. I'd go to audiogon.com and look for something decent used.
I think Stereophile reviewed some very inexpensive Infinity speaker they absolutely loved. And 5 speakers were cheap. It was the Primus line. Do not bother with 7.1. spend more on the 5 speakers. It matters greatly to have proper reproduction. The Primus line won't break the bank that bad at all. Do Front & Center till you can afford surrounds. The receiver will make up the difference, no worries.
There is no such thing as decent HTIB unless you just don't care that much for the sound reproduction.
A home theater is a system - everything has to do its part in recreating the cinematic experience. I think you've a great PJ. Go slow and build the system with quality gear. That Sony is fine. More important to have good speakers then anything else in the chain. And don't forget about the SUB!
Just my two cents worth.