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A custom build would put the budget over $300 for the completed system (probably closer to $500-600 once a sub and receiver are added to the mix), and require your time and efforts to build and sand/paint the boxes. If you have all the tools to do this and feel comfortable taking on such a task, then it could be a very rewarding experience. If it's not practical or cost effective for you to consider this then you're pretty much going to be stuck with a HTIB system. More than likely any of the HTIBs out there will play loud enough for your needs based on your description of current and past "volume settings" on your devices. I wasn't sure how much "volume" you needed to overcome your hearing loss. Though a high efficiency build can still very beneficial even for normal listening levels.

Basically, what I have in mind is, at minimum, an MTM center channel, and possibly MTM fronts if budget allows, and TM surround speakers made from this tweeter: [ http://www.parts-express.com/pe/pshowdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=264-1028&scqty=5 ], and one of the following woofers: [ http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=295-020 ], [ http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=295-010 ], [ http://www.parts-express.com/pe/pshowdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=299-155&scqty=8 ], [ http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=299-030 ]. X-overs would be designed fairly low and steep to prevent lobing. I'd lean towards the PA drivers if you intend do do a sub someday, and towards the aura if you wanted to build larger boxes and try to get by without a sub.
     
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ASUSfreak - I have a z5500 for my main rig. I was thinking about doing exactly what you said but my hdtv has only 2 HDMI inputs and i knew going in that i would have more devices going into it than. I will have a PS3, HD converter, WDTVLive, my brothers Xbox, and *future* htpc (which should replace the WDTV). The TV does have component and composite inputs but I would much rather use a single HDMI to run up the wall.

mdocod - I have been case modding quite a bit recently...and with no tools specific for modding metal (and it is pretty nice looking imho). As for wood working, that is my forte. Although, if I am making custom boxes...I might just mod the HTPC, sub box, and receiver all together.

I will have to talk to my folks and get back to you. I am partially deaf (significant loss in right ear, left ear 10% loss) my parents on the other hand are at 50% hearing loss at this point in time. And since they dont want me 'wasting my money' I will need to find out what they are comfortable with.
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And since they dont want me 'wasting my money'

Haaaaa... parents... it looks like they're ALL the same world wide tongue.gif

So you like your Z-5500 as well biggrin.gif? Can you or your parents hear that one wink.gif I'm sure they complain sometimes the music is put too loud tongue.gif

I won't use the composiet and stuff since they are analog and more of a hassle when channel/input selecting on your TV and stuff...

There are some HDMI splitters (switches) though... E.g. like this one:

http://www.ohmeron.com/uploads/tn_LU604_HDMI_switch_3_x_1.jpg

Some use a remote controller to select the input channel, some use a pushbutoon system...

A friend of me has this one http://content.hwigroup.net/images/news/belkinhdmi.jpg and is happy with it...

But it just adds more remote controller on the table biggrin.gif

Unless you buy a Logitech Harmony or so wink.gif (without your parents knowing wink.gif --> just kidding)
   
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Some use a remote controller to select the input channel, some use a pushbutoon system...
A friend of me has this one http://content.hwigroup.net/images/news/belkinhdmi.jpg and is happy with it...

mother of god. That is perfect for a separate problem. They dont understand how to change inputs using the remote...that is perfect. I can sharpie label it and it is dummy proof.

By the way, They only complain really when my kid brother is playing zombies too loud. they dont like the flesh squishing noise soo much.

I rockout when no one is home. only the neighbors can hear it. Good thing about working the night shift.
Edited by squishysquishy - 2/19/12 at 8:04pm
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You are devil.gif

Yeah they dont like the flesh squishing noise soo much... I know that feeling biggrin.gif

My brother in law never plays games, nor PC nor Console (he's a sportsfreak wink.gif)

When he played Left 4 Dead 2 he said: I feel sick, must go home...

And he did???!!!

Half an hou later he send an message: Still lying in bed.

I lol'd

And my neighbours told me once: Did you hear that party in town yesterday? I told him it was at my place biggrin.gif

I heart.gif Z-5500 biggrin.gif
Edited by ASUSfreak - 2/20/12 at 4:21am
   
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All this depends on your budget. How much money are you wanting to spend? A thousand watts is perfect for 5.1. You will need a 5 channel amplifier. The power that A/V receivers put out is pure garbage as with any all in one product. I'm running Pioneer Elite components and a Parasound 5x200 amp. The difference in overall quality between the power from my Elite receiver and the Parasound is night and day. But again the amp cost just as much as the receiver.


Edit: Just saw your 550 budget. Can't help you with that. Goodluck
 
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