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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!
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You need a receiver as well or just the speakers?
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You need a receiver as well or just the speakers?

I would like to have the receiver included in the budget as well, I might be able to get a used one from my father, not sure if he still has his old receivers.
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Woot.com has a good deal on the Fluance setup for $500. Throw in a HSU sub, a quality receiver and 100ft or 50ft (depending on your needs) of Monoprice 14 or 12 gauge speaker wire and you will be good.

Accessories4less has a ton of refurbed receivers. The Denon 1613 is $230 and has Audyssey. Which makes setting up your speakers a breeze.
    
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Woot.com has a good deal on the Fluance setup for $500. Throw in a HSU sub, a quality receiver and 100ft or 50ft (depending on your needs) of Monoprice 14 or 12 gauge speaker wire and you will be good.

Accessories4less has a ton of refurbed receivers. The Denon 1613 is $230 and has Audyssey. Which makes setting up your speakers a breeze.

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Woot.com has a good deal on the Fluance setup for $500. Throw in a HSU sub, a quality receiver and 100ft or 50ft (depending on your needs) of Monoprice 14 or 12 gauge speaker wire and you will be good.

Accessories4less has a ton of refurbed receivers. The Denon 1613 is $230 and has Audyssey. Which makes setting up your speakers a breeze.

I've bought from Woot (headphones), but Woot has a lot of negative feedback.
But I'm sure accessories4less has good deals on receivers.
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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?
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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?

Actually, Im only planning on movies for this setup. It is going to be for a theater room. So, limited or no gaming, i might build a SFF gaming pc, but as of right now, only my HTPC and netflix/hulu.

Are there any brands that I should be looking into for the more "bang/buck" and some that are just overpriced?

I know my father has a Pioneer setup and he loves it, some of my friends love Bose, but I know they are overpriced.
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Don't bother even looking at Bose. Here's a $1000 5.1 setup that will blow away any Bose system with ease. Don't forget that you'll need speaker wire and an RCA cable for the sub (I don't know if the sub includes one or not).

Receiver, $300:
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR515-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B0077V88VI

Towers, $280/pair (they're sold individually):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290271

Center, $110:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290273

Surrounds, $110:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290268

Subwoofer, $200 (is $187 on occasion):
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M
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Actually, Im only planning on movies for this setup. It is going to be for a theater room. So, limited or no gaming, i might build a SFF gaming pc, but as of right now, only my HTPC and netflix/hulu.
Are there any brands that I should be looking into for the more "bang/buck" and some that are just overpriced?
I know my father has a Pioneer setup and he loves it, some of my friends love Bose, but I know they are overpriced.

First off, might want to also post your home audio questions on the AVSforum and AVforum websites.
(I'm far from an audio expert, so those websites listed would provide better advice then me)
Companies that are more specialized in audio might offer a little better sound quality, then those big name brand marketing companies that put their name on everything.

To me this used Yamaha RX-A700 is a good deal because it's one of the cheapest priced Yamaha receivers that comes with the better speaker amplifiers.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261174800435?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
I ended up getting a Yamaha RX-V671 receiver myself.

Also accessorizes4less might offer some good deals on refurb receivers (like Denon models).
(I'm of the option that Pioneer and Denon make good audio equipment)
But I can not tell from brand to brand were is the sweet spot for value.
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