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For 4-500 dollars, what 5.1 Surround Setup Would You Get?

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I have a Sound Blaster ZXR and would like to pair it with an excellent set of 5.1 speakers (have Z-680s now, but am interested in upgrading).



From my reading so far I can see that I'm likely to have to get a more home-theater oriented pair of speakers along with a receiver, such as the Energy Take Classics 5.1 with an undetermined receiver.


I need a receiver with optical inputs as well as HDMI, and the latest Dolby True HD and DTS decoding capabilities....



Any suggestions for a good speaker + receiver setup for 4-500 total?


Thanks...
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I just hooked up a new system for my mom at her house, and considering the price I'm quite blown away!
Receiver is a Pioneer SC-1222K 7/9.2ch ($450; not needed for you)

Speakers consist of a Martin Logan MLT-2 5.1 setup (2-way satellites/bookshelf speakers, 3-driver 2-way center, and sub) for $150.
Pair of Pioneer SP-FS51 towers for FR/FL for $100 total for the pair.

Considering the cost of the system, I'm extremely impressed, especially with the surround imaging, the quality of the Pioneers, and the fact that all speakers seem to know their own limits. Sure, it's not as good as my Sonus Faber Cremona Auditors/M's, but it cost well under 1/10th the price of just one pair.
Very tight bass, mids are neither too forward nor recessed, and highs trail off very gently starting around 13-15khz with zero sibilance.

The Energy Take5 are also great, but hearing the poor man's ML's side by side with the Energy, I will take the ML every time. Then again, I think Klipsch and Polk are mostly overhyped, overpriced, and mediocre at best... They can't even keep their speakers "voices" remotely similar even within the same series many times!
   
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