Just helped a friend spend a bunch of money on a brand new home theater setup utilizing an Onkyo receiver and Polk Monitor speakers, all purchased from Newegg. Some of this stuff was on sale only through 1/22, so we felt kind of rushed to buy it. Here's what we bought:
Onkyo HT-RC360 ... $329.99
2x Monitor70 Series II ... $149.99 each
CS2 Series II Center Channel ... $119.99
Monitor40 Series II ... $119.99 pair
DSWPRO 660wi subwoofer ... $329.99
Total (free shipping): 1,199.94
Since the sale ended 1/22, this same setup from Newegg would now cost you 1,689.94 today, even with the available promo codes on the Monitor70s and Monitor40s, so I'm pretty proud of the bargain. Saved $490. Nothing to sneeze at, I think.
Anyway, I think I did OK with the selection of gear, especially since he is coming from a HTIB system and he is pretty happy with that. Ignorance is bliss type thing, I guess, but I figure this new system should relatively blow his mind. On the other hand I'm not a receiver guy (I prefer a pre/pro + amp) and haven't really researched them much, so I welcome any thoughts or insights into the receiver choice. Can always send it back if I chose wrong. I am thinking that since he only has room for a 5.1 setup, I can use the extra 2 amplifier channels to bi-amp the Monitor70s.