Greetings from the Windy City! I have been lurking through this site trying to get some info but thought I should just come out and ask for help.
I am redoing a basement and have my wifes' blessing (very important for peace) to get a decent entertainment set.
I visited a very nice electronic store in the northern subs. Since I wasn't spending 30 or 50K (I'm not wealthy) they didn't really spend to much time with me. I hit the local Best Buy and the kid tried hard to sell me a whole box system. I went to a different Best Buy. The service was a little better, except that the guy was a diehard Bose fan. But he did let me hear others, which is where I heard Polk Audio. Then I started searching on the internet and here I am...
I am looking at a small area, a rectangle 10 x 18. I am still stuck between 7.1 and 5.1. The T.V. will be a 46"LCD, maybe Samsung. I am leaning on an ONKYO TXSR804B. Side and rear speaker will be RC80i in the ceilling. But I'm not sure on the front. I went to a FRYS and was looking at Monitor 60 on the front and CSi5 for the center with a Velodyne subwoofer. Any opinions or thought on this set up will be greatly appreciated, especially 5.1 vs 7.1. My thought is that I am going to be in this house for at least twenty years and getting the 7.1 will allow me to grow with the tech. Thanks!