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Hey there AVS! It's been over a month now and I am still struggling trying to find the best setup for my price range. I have read dozens of reviews and specs or MANY products but I just can't decide.


I currently have a plasma in a 19x15 living room. I am looking for 5.1 surround sounds. I have considered Energy Take 5's, Acoustic Research HD510, Polk Audio RM6750, and even some HTIB, Onkyo HT-S3200, Sony HT-SS360.


Right now, from what I have read up. The warning sign is telling me to NOT get a HTIB if I want a long lasting system.


However, I am on a tight budget around the $350 range. I personally want to buy a separate setup, by buying the receiver and the speakers separately.


Does anyone know a setup out there that would be good around that price range? Everyone is debating about Dolby True HD and DTS-HD. I am quite confused on my needs and wants. I mean, it'll be terrific if I can get a receiver that has Dolby True HD and FULL HDMI connectivity (NOT PASSTHRU).


Does anyone have any suggestions on a 5.1 receiver that has at least some of these features and is around $200 range:

-Dolby True HD (I might not even need this because I am hooking it up to my PS3, which is suppose to decode it)

-HDMI (not passthru) connectivity

-Auto collaboration


And now to the speakers. Is there a set of reliable and good 5.1 speakers that I can get for a reasonable price around $200 also?


I think my parents would be using these speakers mainly more than I would. I would be watching blu-rays now and then. But my parents are really into sound and they would even use the surrounds for a tv show. But the thing is they're in their 60's and they might not even notice any HD quality.


What are you guys' suggestions?
 

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That's not much of a budget for a 5.1 speaker system AND receiver. You'll really need to save up a little more for something decent.


Best I can find is this 5.1 speaker setup.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search


And cheapest receiver with HDMI for watching blu rays....

This Insginia comes on sale for $179. Wait for a week or two.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insignia...dmi%20receiver


this one is $199 but doesn't have the feature set of the Insignia
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-51.../dp/B001U6YGN0
 

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Thanks Afro. You have always been responding to my troublesome inquiries since the first day I joined. Greatly appreciated. I am still thinking about HTIB's because it is clean and simple even though not as good as a personal setup. What do you think about the Onkyo HT-S3200. I read that the receiver is terrible though. And the Sony HT-SS360 looks to me as if it will die in a few months.
 

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Cometsupply DOES offer free shipping, but there's a catch to it. You pay one huge fee for a large item and all your other large items in your purchase is free. If I were to buy that $400 item, shipping costs me $60 =\\
 

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Originally Posted by clemsonpablo /forum/post/18149990

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+B...&skuId=9238871


Cheapest system with wireless rear speakers for $400+tax.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstempl...getype=listing


All their system in a box arranged low to high.

I mean, I wouldn't recommend them, you'll probably end up regretting it in the future.


Picking up a cheap 5.1 reciever, with a cheap set of 5.1 speakers would be the best route.

Yea. Thanks to afrogt's help, I decided to go for the Insignia receiver that he posted above. I'm waiting for it to drop to $179 as predicted. I'll probably be getting the Polk Audio RM6750. I was deciding over between the RM6750 and these Jamo's
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

I decided to go with the Polks because they are better recognized and have hundreds of positive reviews. Lets hope I won't regret not getting those Jamo's.
 
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