I would pass on anything sony, rca, bose, jvc, samsung, or any brand not know for its good audio.
This will do vary well. Can't go wrong with Yamaha ether, they make some of the best amps money can buy.
Use flat wires and run them under the side boards on the floor. This setup will sound better then anything else for the price range, and will last long as well. This unit is also more flexible on the upgrade path. As you can use any speaker with the receiver, and the speakers it comes with are just standard speakers. The Sub is also active so can be uses on any receiver as well. Those cheap HTIB uses special speakers and most of the time uses passive subs. I would avoid those.Edited by DzillaXx - 3/14/12 at 3:29pm