So I'm in the process of building my 5.1 setup. Yes I know the Onkyo is a 7.2, but I can get it for the same price as the yamaha. Through my searching I have found both the Onkyo and the Yamaha for $219.99 and the Pioneer for $174.99 all being refurbished models. First off, are these good deals? Second off which one is the better deal? I've already purchased my sub (polk psw505) and I'm still deciding on my speakers. Whichever receiver I purchase, it will be pushing one of the following:
Polk RC80i($140 x 2 because they are not sold individually) for Front LCR and Polk RC60i ($90) for the rears
HTD HD-R65AIM ($159 + 80 for center) for the Front LCR and HTD MP-R65 ($79) for the rears
Monoprice 8" angled ($88.96 x 2 because they are not sold individually) for the Front LCR and 6.5" ($44.64 - $117.47)for the rears.
In case you haven't noticed all of these are in ceiling. I know in-ceiling is frowned upon here, but that's what I'm stuck with.
So I'm pretty much just trying to get and idea of what will sound better. The room is 18.5' X 17' and will be primarily used for movies and football. The focal point of the room will most likely be the Vizio E701i-A3 70" ($1100-$1300). Pretty much I'm trying to get my whole system for <$2000, though if needed I can go over slightly.