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To start with I only have approx. $600 to spend. I was looking at the Onkyo HT-S6100 HTIB. However, I have read many post that say the box system is not the way to go. I have no problem just purchasing the receiver and a couple of speakers to start out and then adding the other speakers later but I have no idea where to begin or what to purchase. The room where the surround system will go is fairly big and open. The room is 15 x 20 but is joined by a dining room and kitchen. The room also has high ceilings. I have posted some pictures of the room. I will be connecting the receiver to my 50" Panasonic and my xbox. I appreciate any and all advice that you can give me.




 

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Hmmm, thats a pretty tight budget. I would start with a 2.0 system with 2 decent speakers instead of 5 bad ones to begin with. Maybe see if you can find an Onkyo 506 or 605 or something similar(maybe even used) That should leave you with a few hundred for speakers. You can find Polk RTi8's pretty cheap when they have the online sales at places like frys. You could also look at the elemental designs speakers or any other internet direct speakers that might fit your price range. Most around here will recommend buying decent speakers to begin with and then upgrade over time instead of buying a complete system you are unhappy with b/c you will end up buying everything at least twice.
 

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Thanks for helping me out. I currently have an older Sony HTIB set that I am using. So I have some cheap speakers to get by with for now. You stated that the Polk speakers are only decent so would I have to upgrade those in the future too. I am trying to prevent myself from having to upgrade later. Should I just buy a good amp and maybe a sub for now? Also, what type of setup would be best for my room - 5.1 or 7.1? Do you recommend tower speakers over bookshelf speakers?
 

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start with a decent receiver, maybe a refurbished Onkyo SR606
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html


add in two Polk Monitor 50 towers and a center channel and you have a 3.0 system:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290014
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290021


to go 3.1, get a subwoofer as soon as your budget allows, probably a Velodyne or BIC. The sale price on Polks from Newegg are good, but Polk subs have not received the best reception in the a/v crowd.


Newegg also has the Polk Monitor 30 bookshelf units on sale to finish out the 5.1 speaker setup when the budget is refilled
 
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