I'm building my first HT system in a new basement and I decided to go with Polk speakers.
Speakers I'm looking into right now are as follows
TV : LG 55LE8500
Front L/R : RTi8
Center : CSi5
Rear Surround : FXi3 or FXi5 or FXiA4
Sub : HSU STF-2 or PA-120
Going with bipole/dipole surrounds because I'm going for 5.1 and only available space for surround is 3~4feet behind the seats on the ceiling. And Monster XP CI100 speaker wires are ran through in-ceiling already. :p
So the only thing I need (or afford in my budget) is a reciever.
I did some research and found out wattage out per channel is a very important factor to get the most out of RTi speakers. It's also a reason I chose RTi8s over RTi10s, which I think require much more watts, and recievers capable (or reciever + amp) of running RTi10s cost a lot more than my budget.
I currently have around $500 to spend on a reciever. I want something that can drive RTi8s well enough and easy to use (since it's my first HT) and great value for the $$.
I have Onkyo HT-RC180 in mind right now, they seem to be very nice recievers for $500 range right now, but I would like some confirmation or suggestions from someone experienced. Cheaper reciever + amp combos will be nice too as long as they are in $500 range.
Help a noobie out :)