A buddy of mine just bought a house. He assigned me the task of helping me pick out his system. He gave me a budget of around $1000 for a surround sound system with receiver and speakers (I'm assuming he'll keep the DVD player price seperate).
he's a 25 year old bachelor but for some reason he's worried about his speakers looking tacky... I took him to CC last night and obviously he can't afford much of the RTi line without going the bookshelf route, but for some reason he thinks hanging bookshelf speakers on the wall looks dumb and "tacky" I'm hoping I break him of that. I've tried to convince him that Bose size speakers will not please him because of their small size. I think I convinced him of that but we'll see. He also said I was the "first person he ever heard say that Bose SUCKS!" ahh ignorance is bliss!
I have come up with this system:
R30's for mains (199 a pair this week)
either the CSi30 or CSi20 for center (both $135 for some reason)
the HK AVR125 is on sale for just over 300.
with those 3 it came out just under $700 right now. I will tell him to wait on the surrounds until the R series bookshelves go on sale for $80 a pair like they do sometimes. So I just have a sub left. I was hoping to convince him of DIY and I also found a nice kit HERE that uses the Adire Audio Shiva and 250 watt plate amp.
Does this system seem ok to everyone? Can you come up with something else? I'd like a few different options of speaker size (since he's being so damn picky for some reason). A year ago this guy wanted the biggest speakers he could find now he's worried about R10's hanging on his wall looking "tacky"
let's see some more suggestions... I guess it doesnt' have to be limited to Polk but I was leaning him towards them since they are such a good bang for the buck!