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So I've been researching all day, and the biggest lesson I've learned is that it will take way too long to figure all this stuff out. I would take my time with it and figure it out, but I need a new system ASAP since my current system will cut all my speakers except 1 if I turn it up too much. I've just gotten Home Theatres In A Box in the past, which I'm still willing to go with, but I'm thinking maybe something else would be better.



I'm looking to spend $300-700

It will be connected to my PC, have an HDMI out and I think 2 3.5mm outs, I am willing to spend another $100-$200 for a sound card

I think I probably want to go S/PDIF

It should be 5.1 or higher

I will be using it for lossless Music, Movies/TV, Video Games

I think I probably want to get studio reference monitors?



Also I need some speakers for my car. I've got 2 subs in the trunk and the stock speakers cant keep up. I was just going to look for some speakers in the $100-$300 range on crutchfield, but if anyone has a better idea I'm game. I will be listening to V0 and 320 MP3s on my iPod through a USB connection.
 

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If your PC has onboard sound with SPDIF just use that, no difference compared to SPDIF on a sound card.


Do you already have a receiver? Not sure if it's included in the budget.


For car speakers, do you have an amp or just plan on using your deck? Should get an amp + front components and not use rears. For speakers, Hertz (requires local dealer) or Hybrid Audio.
 

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Well $3-700 is still in the HtiB price range..and no nearly enough to afford the new Bose system you have always wanted!


If you can get a used AV rec for 200 dollars, the Energy classic 5.1 would be a good speaker set, for 400 dollars shipped.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-leJi5PV...assic-5-1.html


The SLS Q line gold system can be had for under 400 dollars, which gives you a AV rec (no HDMI, however), speakers and a sub.
http://www.av-express.com/AV-Catalog...ineHomeTheater


Polk audio makes a 5.1 system that a lot of people recommend on here...
 

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No onboard SPDIF, just HDMI and analog. No I dont have a receiver, that is included in the budget.


I was just planning on using my deck, but I could get an amp. Why not rears?

because that is how a proper car install is done, you can have rear fill if you like it
 

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For $750-$800 on newegg.com you can get the Onkyo HT-S9400THX. Its 7.1 and the receiver is pretty good the speakers are Onkyo's best, but Onkyo isn't known to make good speakers. Personally I think this is the best HTiB on the market. My uncle has the 9100THX same speakers just different receiver and my step-brother has the 9300THX again same speakers just different receiver from the 9400THX. I think they sound really good for an all in one home theater in a box.
 

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No onboard SPDIF, just HDMI and analog. No I dont have a receiver, that is included in the budget.


I was just planning on using my deck, but I could get an amp. Why not rears?

Oh if you have an HDMI why not just use that for sound as well and save $200 by not gettin a sound card.


I definitely suggest that you get an amp and some components. As monsteraudio said, rear speakers are not needed and usually not suggested with good components, although it is a preference thing. For SQ, a front soundstage is usually preferred. If you google the topic you will find a lot of info on it. I'd get a decent 2 chan amp and decent components. Don't be afraid to buy used
 
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