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So I'm extremely new to audio equipment, but I'm jumping in anyway. I want a receiver and two speakers (5.1 stuff isn't an option). I've been looking at receivers and think I found one, although I could be totally wrong. I'm looking at the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K


My price cap for receivers is $300. If this isn't a good one, what's wrong with with it so I do know what to look for. I watch tv, play games, and listen to music so I need one that's good for that.


Now for speakers I'm clueless. My cap for that is about $150. Is that way too low? I want 2.1 because good surround seems to be way too expensive. Should I look at a sound bar? I need some serious help. Thanks a bunch!
 

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Now for speakers I'm clueless. My cap for that is about $150. Is that way too low? I want 2.1 because good surround seems to be way too expensive. Should I look at a sound bar?

Just to be clear, you want a subwoofer with this, too?


And your total budget for everything is $450?
 

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If a true stereo system is all you want to consider (no multi-channel processing for a future HT system), then you might consider a good stereo receiver sold as a refurbished unit from a factory authorized dealer.


Onkyo TX-8555 http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html or they also sell a slightly smaller unit for about $50 less (less power and no separate subwoofer pre-out channel).


If you have room for a pair of tower speakers, I would recommend the Polk Monitor60 towers from www.newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...itor60&x=0&y=0 or the Infinity Primus P252 towers from Crutchfield http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108P252...le.html?tp=185


Then save a bit more in your budget for a future purchase of a powered subwoofer, like the Polk PSW505 or BIC 10" or 12" subwoofers.
 
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