I bought almost everything in my home theater on eBay...
and probably saved $4,000. So shut it about eBay being crap. Now, Bose, most audiophiles think they're overpriced crap, and I am one of them. Just remember, when you really get into home theater, 80% of your involvement with the show is the AUDIO! You can forgive an imperfect picture, but if it sounds wrong you notice immediately!
Some of the better brands like PSB, NHT, Boston Acoustics, etc. are a bit more expensive, but you can really hear the difference between them and speakers from less-capable brands like Onkyo, JBL, Polk and other "Circuit City" brands. What you get is detail and realism. The real problem is that these good brands rarely have complete packages for under $600, and most 5.1 sets with decent-sized subs are around $1,00 or more. I recommend listening to a few of these "better" brands at audio stores, then looking for older models of those brands on eBay or other used-gear sites. You'll get far better sound and save at least 50% over new prices.
I have NHT Super One fronts and center ($600/all new, $225 used), an NHT SW10 10" subwoofer ($699 new, $200 used) and two NHT Super Zero rear surrounds ($200/pr new, $125 used). I also have an NAD T750 A/V receiver ($799 new, $480 used), Denon DVD1920 DVD/CD player ($350 new, $265 refurbished) and a 42" commercial Panasonic plasma TV that I bought from an online A/V retailer for about $1100 ($1499 typical price from Amazon.com, for example). That's not everything I've bought online, but obviously you can save a lot of money buying gently-used gear from high-end manufacturers and get superior results.
What counts is this kind of system sounds pretty amazing and really adds to watching TV, plus music is so much clearer and more detailed than you get with mass-market audio gear. If you're starting out with a Denon receiver, give it something great to send the signals to!
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