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I begin by clearly stating that I am a noob when it comes to this stuff.

Now...please someone put me out of my misery!!! I've spent so much time researching receivers, and to a lesser extent speakers. Even after many hours, I've finally come to the conclusion I know nothing! So I'm hoping some kind soul (with a lot more knowledge and understanding than myself) will take pity on me and help me out. I am on a bit of a budget, so that's why you'll only see entry level stuff below.

I basically want to know, should I go for the Polk Audio 5.1 Home Theatre Speaker System (RM75BD) and pair them up with one of the following receivers:

Denon AVR-591
Pioneer VSX-520K, VSX-820K (possibly splurging a little more for the 920K)
Yamaha HTR4063

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Scrap that idea and just go for the Onkyo HT-S5300 HTIB

I simply have no clue what's going to give me the best sound. I don't know how the Polk speakers compare to the ones that come in the Onkyo HTIB. I know that the Onkyo receiver outputs more watts per channel.

Higher on my priority list are v1.4 HDMI inputs, automatic calibration (with a microphone), and DTS-HD/True HD decoding.
Lower on the list are 1080p Upconverting and 7.1

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback.

I think I'm looking at spending no more than $1K for a receiver and 5.1 speaker setup.

How would you guys compare the Polk Audio RM75BD to the Energy RC-Micros?
Bearing in mind that I'm no audiophile. Do you think I would hear a difference?
 

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Boy, where to begin. First off, I really do appreciate everyone offering some insight. Thanks.

In no particular order:

I currently have a very old Pioneer HTIB (VSX-D409). So I imagine the speakers that came with that set are pitiful at best.

My room is 10.5' x 19' and it is primarily used for movies (and some gaming).

I am definitely open to used speakers, but to be honest, I haven't really seen very much around. As an FYI I'm in Montreal. Even when it comes to auditioning the speakers in store, I have yet to find any of the sets I'm currently looking at set up in store. They're either very expensive speakers, or your standard HTIB. So, I think it's coming down to me just taking a chance.

I actually recently bought a set of the Polk RM75BD (with the PSW111) for $299 (soon after they were no longer listed on the store's site), but haven't opened the box yet. I haven't bought a new receiver yet, and as you can tell, I also haven't decided if these are the speakers for me as of yet. The problem I'm having is that most of the other speakers I'm considering would be online orders (haven't found them in store), so returning them would be a pain (possibly with some costs associated - restocking fee, return shipping).

Speaking of online speaker orders, I was also looking at the KEF 2005.3 K1 set on sale for about double the Polks.
 
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