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Alright, so we just finished our living room renovations, which include 12 gauge wiring for 4 rear speakers in 7.1 surround sound. I'm looking for anyone who has or knows a good setup that will run in the $500-$750 range. It doesn't need to be a home-theater-in-a-box, I can plug everything in; I just don't know anything about brands, stats, and the general info you need to make wise decisions. This is gonna be here a while.
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floor standing or bookshelfs? and does this budget has to include receiver and speakers or just speakers?
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The rear and side channels are ceiling/wall mounted. The front channels don't matter.
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Alright, so we just finished our living room renovations, which include 12 gauge wiring for 4 rear speakers in 7.1 surround sound. I'm looking for anyone who has or knows a good setup that will run in the $500-$750 range. It doesn't need to be a home-theater-in-a-box, I can plug everything in; I just don't know anything about brands, stats, and the general info you need to make wise decisions. This is gonna be here a while.
I suggest you start with a 5.1 setup. Most movies are encoded in 5.1 or 6.1. With a 7.1 setup, your rear speakers simply play the same sounds (6.1 means 2 fronts, 1 center, 2 surrounds, and 1 rear). So with any 7.1 setup, your rear two speakers are usually basically acting like one speaker, or in many cases they're not being used at all.

The other reason you should go with a 5.1 setup is that means two less speakers. Two less speakers to buy on a budget means more quality in your other speakers.

Now, I'm not sure how you want to go about this. If you don't have a receiver already, an HTIB is probably your best route for the money.
    
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Find an Onkyo HTIB on Amazon that fits your budget.
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We have no receivers yet - what about taking a 7.1 receiver and setting up a 5.1 deal on it? Would that work properly?

EDIT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...eId=1&name=7.1

Anything good here?
Edited by darthjoe229 - 12/29/10 at 6:31am
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We have no receivers yet - what about taking a 7.1 receiver and setting up a 5.1 deal on it? Would that work properly?

EDIT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...eId=1&name=7.1

Anything good here?
Get the S9300THX model, its the highest end HTIB Onkyo makes and is THX certified if you can add $50 more to your budget, also comes with Audyssey auto-room setup and 3D blu ray playback.
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