My idea was actually was to get a Blu-Ray player, reciever, and surround sound all in one for cheap.
I wasn't looking into room for upgrading and expansion because all I have is an Xbox 360 and 720p LCD TV. Most likely next year I will be living in an apartment with a friend.
If only the Xbox 360 had the audio capbilities of the PS3 plus Blu-Ray. The HT-S5200 can be had at some online retailers for under 0.
But if only the PS3 had the games and online service of Xbox! I think there's a good deal at New Egg right now (not sure if I can mention that).
I'd look at Google products, Bountii, Street Prices, etc.
and set up 'price alerts' for the systems you're interested in.
you don't really want to have your blu-ray player built into the system or you'll find yourself having to buy a whole new system in a couple of years. The new Onkyo TC-160 receiver (which is what you get with the HT-S7200) can be had for around 0 on special sale at 6th Ave Electronics right now (or 9 at New Egg with the i Pod dock). In fact, you do not even need to use speakers '6' and '7' if you choose with no difference.
It will allow you to either go with the prepackaged Onkyo speaker package (about 0) down the line, or build your own speaker setup, which will make a lot of people on here happy. Some systems even allow you to put '6' and '7' above your Left and Right front speakers for a 'height' effect, but the reviews are mixed for this.
The main problem with the SC-BT series is that it's essentially a blu-ray player with 8 speakers.
So my question would be: is it possible to get it to work with other sources besides the built in blu-ray?
For instance, is there a splitter or something that would allow me to hook up my PS3 so that I could have my games play using the surround sound audio?
Room for upgrade with that is to get a new reciever and Blu-ray, then I can upgrade the speakers. Dealing with everything else is rather difficult when moving around every 9 or 3 months not living in that spot where everything is for 1 month.
I guess I can just try and save up for the next 2-4 years to get some better equipment when I finish school.I've been looking into getting the Panasonic BD60 and join Blu-Ray. However, I don't want to use my 2.0 Shelf System for audio and my 5.1 Wireless Headphones don't really give that true surround feel. Like I said I was looking into the BD60 and a seperate 5.1 system, but that would add up. Will a 7.1 system automatically play like a 5.1 from a 5.1 source (as in automatically not use the extra 2 speakers)?