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Ralph W

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First post for a true novice.
I have a budget of $1,000 to spend on a receiver and speakers (2 front, 2 rear, 1 center channel, and a subwoofer). The family room(21' X 21' with vaulted ceiling) in my new home was pre-wired for surround sound speakers. The electrician subcontractor said that he could provide competitive prices on the components if I selected what I want. I'm not looking to knock anyone's socks off... just want to get a solid, low-budget set-up that will impress the amatuer eye and ear. The only component that I have purchased thus far is a Pioneer DV434 DVD Player ($190 at Costco). In addition to the audio components, I'll probably invest in a new 36" TV.
I've been scouring the internet trying to learn the ropes and select the remaining components - but have become pretty much overwhelmed. I've noticed that just about every model of receivers and speakers has their boosters as well as nay-sayers.
So, please give your opinion on how I should allocate the $1,000 across the receiver and speakers as well as recommendations on brands and models.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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JoelW

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Here's what I would do...
1 pair HomeTheaterDirect Level III Bookshelf Speakers - $199
1 HomeTheaterDirect.com Level III Center Channel - $139
1 Onkyo TX-DS595 - $375 (JandR.com)
1 pair JBL N24 or HTD Level II bookshelf speakers for surrounds - $120
1 Sony SA-WM40 Subwoofer - $150
Total runs $983.
Of course you'll need to factor in a little extra for shipping and cables. Check out Home Depot for some good quality 12 gauge wire.
I like this setup because it gives a good upgrade path. You can migrate the HTD Level III's to the rear channels in time, buy a new sub, upgrade the receiver, etc. You've got many ways you can go.
Happy Hunting
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Ralph W

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Why does everyone seem to mix manufacturers when selecting speakers? Why not select the entire package of speakers from the same manufacturer?
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Scott H

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Ralph, a general rule is not to mix and match speaker manufacturers, and even keep within the same line from that manufacturer. However, that is far more critical for the front mains and center channel, and it is quite acceptable, though maybe not optimal, to use something else for the rear channels.
It's been my observation on this forum that most folks here don't mix and match speaker manufacturers.
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