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I need some assistance finishing off my home theater. I recently purchased a Samsung LN55A950. It's not delivered yet, but I am stoked to say the least! Now, I need a sweet sounding, yet economically priced sound system. My budget is around $500. I found the Samsung HT-Z520 and its seems to be pretty decent for the money. The wireless rear speakers (a must) are very appealing and the total wattage is about the highest I have seen for the price. I have two questions. Is the HT-Z520 worth the money and will it perform? Can I build a system piece by piece, spend less money for more, and come out with a better sounding system? Any information will be greatly appreciated.
 

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You have $500 for both a receiver and speakers? In that case, an HTIB, such as the one you are referring to, is your best bet.


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I'm not sure buying separates will allow for spending less money for more, but it will allow you to spend $500 now for say a receiver and two bookshelf speakers. Then over time add a sub, rear speakers, and finally surrounds. If you want everything now or don't plan on ever spending more than the $500 then I'd recommend the HTIB as well. There are both the HTIB forums and the Speakers section of the audio area that you should read. Doing a search you should be able to find others with similar budgets and what they went with.


A few things to keep in mind, $500 for both a receiver and speakers would be considered a tight budget to many on the forums. System total watts has nothing to do with the actual sound quality and more to do with marketing so I wouldn't use it as a metric for comparing systems. Read up on the difference between peak watts and RMS power and if you have somewhere such as a Best Buy to listen to the speakers your best bet is to simply go to a store and listen to the choices in your price range. Buy whatever sounds the best to you.
 

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Buy used. You can likely get a receiver and speakers for that price and be well ahead of the htib you could get for that money.
 
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