Originally Posted by vant
Thanks for the advice.
So you say the speakers from 908 are just as good as the HT240? Is the 7.1 any better than 6.1 or not much of a difference? If I use xbox 360 or PS3 as a dvd player is it much worse than the dvd player included in the 908?
Also, if I go for all seperate speakers/sub it could be much better than the HT240 or could there not be much of a difference with the same price range?
It seems like you get a discount with the speaker packages because buying the same quality speakers/sub seperately would cost more, right?
I am not looking for incredibly high sound quality, I would just like to make sure I get the best I can afford.
Yes they are both HTIB grade speakers. Performance should be basically the same although they are different styles which might matter to you. If you're wanting a substantial upgrade in speakers look at companies that specialize in speakers, right now Polk and Athena among a few others can be found a great prices...although still more than the 240 system, if you want to go that route.
7.1 will only benefit if you have a large enough room and set up properly, I wouldn't place much priority on it and with the 605 receiver you have the ability to go 7.1 in the future if you want anyway.
To put together a nice system with quality speakers and sub around the 605 receiver I would say allow $800 - $850 or more, otherwise you're probably better going with a packaged system and you can always upgrade later if you want.
Whether you use the PS3 or included dvd player they are both very good quality. The included dvd player is not an HD player though so you'd have to use the PS3 for HD formats, personally I'd use the included player for movies and music and the PS3 for gaming and HD formats, your PS3 won't get used as much and should last longer.