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I'm in the market to upgrade my surround sound system but I don't know a great deal about receivers and such. I'm

not an audiophile by any means, but do appreciate quality. My biggest fear is wasting money, to find out I

could've gotten something better for the same amount or should've spent a bit more and gotten more bang for the


I've a 60 gig launch ps3 (blu-ray) and a 46" Samsung LN46a630. The room is roughly 18x20. For an idea of what

I'm looking at now, the Onkyo HT-SR800 ($500) or something a bit more like the Onkyo HT-S7100 ($800).

So i'm trying to spend $500-$800.

I realize that's not a lot of cash but I think there's going to be something that can get me good quality audio to

maximize what Dolby TrueHD has to offer.

Sorry so long and rambling, if there is a better place to post this on these forums please provide a link, and

most importantly thanks for your help in advance.


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You should buy components separate if you appreciate quality. Do yourself a favor and go to the store and hold the Onkyo speakers in your hand before deciding on a complete Onkyo system. The 7100 is fine and works for many, but not if you’re willing to spend a bit more and want to get the most for your dollar.

An Onkyo 606 or comparable receiver goes for less than $350 if you find a deal. There are much better options for speakers if you take the time and look around. A few recent suggestions:

Polk Audio Monitor 50 - $200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290110

Polk Audio Monitor 30 - $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290008

Polk Audio CS1 - $80: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290111

Polk Audio PSW10 - $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034

Free shipping and no sales tax unless you live in California, New Jersey, or Tennessee adds up to $490. It would probably cost just a little more than $800 with an AVR in the end, but not much. Or skip the floorstanding speakers and get Monitor 30’s all around if you must have 7.1 for the same price. The difference in sound and quality would be much more than what you get with an HTiB.

Or this option looks good as well: http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/..._84__0_0_0_-1/

Save up and get a good sub later and you have a very nice system. I think Fry's has the Infinity Primus speakers on sale this week - which is another good option. In any case, take your time and look around.
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