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My advice would be to save some more. You can't get anything "nice" in HT for 200 dollars. Get something cheap (some $30 logitechs) to get you by. It LOOKS like you want something for your PC right? If not, don't waste your money on crap for your TV. Just listen to the TV speaker and try to get a few hundred more bucks saved up.

No, I'm trying to focus on Home theater right now. I'm a noob when it comes to these things, and have learned quite a bit in my search for Home Theater sound. I'm thinking I should get the major components right now, wait a little longer for rear/side speakers.
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Dude, honestly.

Just save up and wait til you can get something like Z-5500's or a custom set up.

Cheap speakers = cheap sound.
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Dude, honestly.

Just save up and wait til you can get something like Z-5500's or a custom set up.

Cheap speakers = cheap sound.
agreed I have the Z-5500 they are awesome
or You could by refurbished z-5500 for like half the price for 200 bucks on some online stores
http://www.pacificgeek.com/product.a...0&ID=46159&P=F
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Dude, honestly.

Just save up and wait til you can get something like Z-5500's or a custom set up.

Cheap speakers = cheap sound.
That's more than a little disappointing...

Those Onkyo speakers on eBay I linked don't seem bad. 2 Drivers for the mids, One for the Highs.
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That's more than a little disappointing...

Those Onkyo speakers on eBay I linked don't seem bad. 2 Drivers for the mids, One for the Highs.
Dude, for the sake of wasting money... DON'T!

You are sooo close to a refurbed set of Z-5500's with $200 and they are simply godlike and smash the competition until you go pro custom set up.
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Dude, for the sake of wasting money... DON'T!

You are sooo close to a refurbed set of Z-5500's with $200 and they are simply godlike and smash the competition until you go pro custom set up.
He should check out the link i posted if not he his wasting his money
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I am a bit disappointed in some of the suggestions as of lately. In no way should he be settling for the Z-5500's. Evan a marginally cheap set of bookshelf speakers like the insignias sound better than anything Logitech can produce.

If you want to have something better than a HTiB, then I would most definitely start out with a 2.0 or 2.1 setup. You will be so much happier in the long run.

As far as the onkyo speakers on ebay, well they sound ok at best, but In general Onkyo is not great at making speakers.

Speakers:

I would start with some Energy C-50's they are right up your ally. And most importantly they produce shockingly good sound. Their is also the C-100 if you want to spend a little more. Starting small is not always a bad thing.

Subwoofers:

Probably the two best starter subs you are going to find are going to be the Energy ESW-8, and the Polk PSW10. These Are very solid, and cheap subs to get anyone started. As your tastes develope you can move into the midrangen and get something like a PA-120. Many people refer to this amp as well as its older model the BIC H-100 to be among the best bang for the buck available.

Part 2: The receiver and you!

Now due to your low budget you are not going to get an amazing receiver that decodes any kind of HD audio. BUT, you can start off strong. On the low end you have the Onkyo HT-R557. It only does video switchingthrough the HDMI ports, but you can just feed a coax or optical to the receiver and get your audio. It is nothing fancy. But I promise if you pair that with some Energy C-50's you will be much happier than going HTiB or Logitech.

Then when it comes time, and you have that itch to buy a real receiver you can dip your toe in with the Onkyo TX-SR606. This will allow you to do anything you will ever want to. That is unless you want pre-outs for an external amp. But given the situation that should not be a concern.

Ebay Deals:

I almost forgot. One option that is better than any of the options above for speakers/receiver is the Harman Audio eBay Store. All the speakers and receivers on their are better than anything I listed (Minus the PA120, and Onkyo 606). Not only is this gear better but it offers a full warranty so have no fear! The receivers they have listed are outstanding. And if you did not know Infinity Speakers sound great.

Notes:

Please not that there are hundreds of possible combos and components that you have to choose from, and I chose the ones that I did because those are the ones that I either have experience with, or know a lot about. I could list more, but this should be good for your needs. If you have any questions about anything please ask.
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For the price, these won't be beaten:

http://www.pacificgeek.com/product.a...0&ID=46159&P=F

Like said before, Z-5500's pretty much trash all other 5.1 systems that aren't custom built with high quality components.
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Logitech Z-5500 THX 5.1 Dolby Digital Speaker System

Sure you can build your own setup, like silk road mentioned but its definetly not going to be around $200.

Search around on ebay, I got my Z-5500 New ( not refurb ) for around $200.


Amazon has it for $243 New.
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-THX-C...5270299&sr=1-1



Cant really vouch for this since I havent heard it but its on sale at walmart. Pioneer 5.1 system.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10191115

seems like its gotten decent reviews though, and $168 is cheap , with free site 2 store shipping.
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Alright..... you have 3 options in my opinion...

1) Get the damn Z-5500's. They are a decent set. But, make sure the source inputs work for what you are looking for. Optical, Coaxial, etc.
2) Buy through ebay or listed deals as SilkRoad has pointed out.
3) Wait and look at what you truly want in the end and buy it bit by bit and you won't disappoint yourself. Get a decent Yamaha receiver and Klipsch sub and front two floor speakers for instance. Just something nice because $200 or so is a nice start for saving for a proper system. The big lesson is patience here if you go this route.
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