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If you're doing this for movies or games - get the Jamo S426 set for $115 shipped. all 5 speakers... http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-426-HCS-WENGE-5-Piece/dp/B003GGXGU6/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1355546293&sr=1-1&keywords=s426+wenge
 
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If you're doing this for movies or games - get the Jamo S426 set for $115 shipped. all 5 speakers... http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-426-HCS-WENGE-5-Piece/dp/B003GGXGU6/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1355546293&sr=1-1&keywords=s426+wenge

I second this if your looking to save a few bucks. You will still need a sub for it. My family has the Jamo A102 HCS5 with a Pioneer 5.1 receiver in our basement entertainment room, sounds vary good for the form factor. Sounds better then the Bose 5.1 my friends parents have in their basement, the one with the big sub and really little speakers and the PS3 look alike receiver, think it was a lifestyle model.

Jamo is a pretty decent brand IMO
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For 200$ my pick is the Onkyo TX-NR414B
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For 200$ my pick is the Onkyo TX-NR414B
I couldn't find that for $200
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If you're doing this for movies or games - get the Jamo S426 set for $115 shipped. all 5 speakers... http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-426-HCS-WENGE-5-Piece/dp/B003GGXGU6/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1355546293&sr=1-1&keywords=s426+wenge
This is for a pretty big living room for movies and TV so I don't know if those would work well. We never had 5.1 before either.
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I second this if your looking to save a few bucks. You will still need a sub for it. My family has the Jamo A102 HCS5 with a Pioneer 5.1 receiver in our basement entertainment room, sounds vary good for the form factor. Sounds better then the Bose 5.1 my friends parents have in their basement, the one with the big sub and really little speakers and the PS3 look alike receiver, think it was a lifestyle model.
Jamo is a pretty decent brand IMO
Wouldn't the Polk Audio set I linked destroy it? thinking.gifband.gif

oh I found this one searching a couple days ago and it seemed pretty good based on reviews.
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This is for a pretty big living room for movies and TV so I don't know if those would work well. We never had 5.1 before either.
Wouldn't the Polk Audio set I linked destroy it? thinking.gifband.gif
oh I found this one searching a couple days ago and it seemed pretty good based on reviews.
Its the lowest and most basic 2012 model they make
Maybe you could find a better and older Onkyo model used?
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Its the lowest and most basic 2012 model they make
Maybe you could find a better and older Onkyo model used?

Onkyo makes good receivers, they pack a lot of features into them for a decent price. Though I picked Yamaha over Onkyo, Denon, and Pioneer because of the sound quality, even at the store the Yamaha sounds warmer and more natural sounding IMO, Denon was pretty close but the Onkyo sounded more like the Sony Receivers to me. Though no where near as bad as the Sony but leaning more on that side, Most Sony receivers sound thin and tinny. Though The Pioneer Receiver we have puts out good sound, warmer then the Onkyo but overall Sound quality is pretty close to each other. Though really depends on what model of each brand your getting, but each brand does say pretty consistent with the sound of their receivers.

As for those Jamo's, I would only get them if you want to save money. I have a pretty good Polk Set myself and It defiantly blows away the Jamo's on my basement, but those are a tiny system VS a big one. Both get vary loud though, so don't worry about volume as you can crank ether setup loud. The ting is your going to get 75% of the sound quality if not more then you would from the polks in the Jamo set as long as your getting a good sub woofer as well. Though that Extra 25% can make up for some vary clean and precise tunes, I like being able to here the whispers in movies without having to turn up the stereo. The polks throw the audio at you so even the quiet scenes are audible, no having to adjust the receiver all the time. I don't know if the Jamos are like this, but the Polk sure are. The Jamo's in my basement are like this as well, but those small formfactor system are always like that anyway as long as its loud.

If you have the money for it Get the Polks, the monitor 70's are Great. Would have gotten them for my system, but I wanted all the drivers to match in size. Though with the Monitor 70's like I said before You want to Bi-AMP them if you want to get your moneys worth, Bi-Amping them really bring them to life. So for that your gonna need a 7.1 Receiver, and the Receiver is the most important part of your Audio Setup so that is the thing not to cheap out on. I would pick up a 7.1 unit and Use the 2 extra channels to bi-amp with the front. If you want to get into the Audio Game may as well do it right. Need more money for the receiver? Easy wait a few extra week for the next paycheck or whenever you save up a few more bucks and get a decent receiver, not a budget model.
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My dad is getting a new TV for our living room and he wanted to get a soundbar but I told him we should get 5.1. So I put this together, but this will be 5.0 for now i guess with no sub.
Front Left + Right: Polk Audio Monitor70 x2 $150 each with EMCJHJB89 code
Front Center: Polk Audio CS1 $70
Back Left + Right: Polk Audio Monitor40 $150
Just need a good receiver for $200 or less if possible.
How is that setup?

Pretty much the same setup I have in my living room, except I have a CS2 for center along with the PSW505 sub. I had mine hooked up to a Onkyo TX-SR707 and it was pure awesome.

I can't recommend a receiver but I would stay away from Onkyo. They're plagued with no audio issues. They tend to break after their warranty is up. I had paid little over $500 for my SR-707 back in Nov 2009 and around Dec 2010, it broke. Same thing happens to them that happened to the earlier Xbox 360s. They would run hot, cool, run hot, cool. Eventually the joints become weak and brittle and lose connection.

Onkyo had what seemed at the time, only 1 tech service for their customer phone support. This dude was dodgy, lied to me about his name, and it took about 3-4 weeks before I finally got a approved RMA. I was out of my warranty, but at least they did extend my warranty to try and fix my problem. Even then, I had to pay shipping. The repair service isn't done by Onkyo itself, it's by some small mom and pop shop that is certified by Onkyo. They don't replace the faulty equipment board, instead they just do a reflow/heat the board and send it back with a 30 day warranty. Just so happens, it broke a few days after. Final word by Onkyo was sorry, nothing else can be done.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR707-7-2-Channel-Surround-Receiver/product-reviews/B002DSMNPC/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

I think their lower-mid end models are okay, it's their bigger higher end models that suffer from this.
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The Pioneer VSX-521-K is on amazon for 219. It's probably the cheapest new receiver you'll find.
 
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