Does this mean I should get the S7400 HTiB ? Or does it mean its better to get a Onkyo package (is that a receiver and speakers? ) I am looking for the best bang for the buck with the features.
Your question is hard to answer, because it involves too much personal preference. The Onkyo HTIB is a good price conscious choice for someone who wants to get a good system without breaking the bank. HTIBs are generally not a good idea (which is what Robert was probably keying off of); but a few companies, Onkyo among them, include a decent receiver in the mix and make it a respectable option not. But buying separate speakers almost always gets you a much better system (and is certainly the way I'd recommend if you have the extra few hundred dollars). At the least because you'll probably get bookshelfs instead of satellites. Although even if you get satellites you can pick and choose with more discretion. More specifically, companies that make receivers don't usually make the best speakers. (Again, Onkyo is a good compromise; but it's still a compromise.) Now personally, I wouldn't go up in a receiver line just to get a zone 2. I can think of maybe 2 times a year when I want to play different sources in two different rooms. (Or rather, I do it so often in my study that I prefer to have a discrete receiver in that location; and I do it so little outside this I just alway play the same thing in both places) For myself, I'd prefer to just pick something up used and cheap to drive the secondary area. Now if the other features of the upper tier receiver would be useful to you (maybe the ethernet connectivity?), then that's a different story. So, all that to say when you mention best bang for the buck, that doesn't mesh well to my way of thinking with a zone2 feature. And yes, by "package" I just meant the Onkyo HTIB which include a receiver and speakers.