Originally Posted by Ironman517
What should I be looking for? I really want a setup under $1000 USD. The room is 15'x15.75'. I am not looking for something significantly over my budget, but I would like something very nice. Also, I am not a huge fan of a lot of bass, but I like clear sound. I really have no idea where to start, I was looking at Home theaters in a box, but I was told they were pretty bad.
Thanks for any help!
HTiB (Home theaters in a box) are not that bad, for the price.
But for $1000, you should be able to get better audio quality then any HTiB.
Is this home audio setup going to be used with the computer? (I'm assuming so).
If you graphics card comes with HDMI output, then a receiver with HDMI input would be preferred.
Optical from the sound card to the receiver would be a decent second choice for an audio connection.
First off check your local Craigslist, you might find some really good deals on a good used receiver and 5.1 setup.
Watch Techbargins for a good sale.
In the audio circles it's recommend to spend 2/3 of your budget for speakers and 1/3 for the receiver.
or even more of your budget for the speakers if you get a good price for the receiver.
Did you plan on connecting headphones to the receiver?