Originally Posted by Mustangman_2000
my advice is to not go too cheap or you will regret it.
No disrespect, but I disagree......to a point
Right now, I have a very nice system, and I worked very hard to get it(and spent a crap load on it). But, I started with a very cheap HTIB system. I think my entire system cost around $500 when I started this. It included a Sony reciever, 5 Sony satilite speakers and a small Sony powered sub. After a while, I upgraded the sub to a high end, deep bass hitting monster. This made a HUGE difference in the entire system! After a couple of more months, I upgraded the speakers to a set of full range speakers. Then I started upgrading the reciever to processor, and bought an amp. All in all, I've spent WAAAAY too much money for the system I have now, and I'm still not finished, I keep adding pieces to this system.
If you don't have the money for a badass system, just get a cheap HTIB system as a starting point. Something you can upgrade piece by piece, as you feel the need. Just make sure the system you buy comes with a seperate reciever(no dvd/reciever combo) and a powered sub. If you use that as a starting point, you can upgrade to whatever you want. All pieces will be interchangeable with pretty much anything on the market from less expensive pieces, to top of the line stuff.
One question though, how big is your room that you're putting this system in? If it's anything like a normal livingroom, and you're anything like me, then I think you will be totally unhappy with the sub that comes with the cheaper HTIB systems. It will just not have enough power to give you that deep bass that most people want from movies. Smaller livingrooms will be fine with a smaller sub, but once you get into the larger livingrooms(like in a house), the smaller sub just doesn't cut it.
Just my $0.02