I've been looking to upgrade the sound system for my current '2nd room' setup. 'Setup' is might be the wrong word, because what all I use now is a shitty pair of speakers. I don't have a tremendous budget, so for me the investment is 300 euro's ($400) maximum. This money should cover all the speakers and possibly a receiver.
The big question for me is, shall I go for an OK 5.1 surround system or a very good 2.0/1 system. If only music was concerned, I would have immediately taken a 2.1 set, but since I will use the system 90% for movies I'm leaning a bit more toward a surround set. But what I don't want is ending up with a cheaply sounding sound system. In other words, I'll preferably go for a surround system if the sound quality is decent enough for me to enjoy.
I mainly came across two surround sets:
Logitech Z-5500, a 5.1 set with integrated amp.
Onkyo-HT-S3200, a 5.1 set with a separate AV receiver.
Especially, the latter appeals to me. The set is getting some positive reviews and the separate receiver has some advantages (like connecting devices via the component input, which I currently don't have on my screen). What many people will say, is that it lacks the HDMI audio processing. I realize that, but I don't really need it. I just need DTS 5.1, nothing more.
Like I said before, the danger is that you end up with a system that sound so inferior as far as sound quality is concerned, that you better could have bought a stereo set.
So I'm a bit unsure about this, and I hope anyone can help me out.