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I have listened to Bose surround sound setups, and frankly they're excellent sounding, but too pricey for my needs at this point. I have gone to Best Buy, but the service there sucks, and everything pretty much sounds crappy. It's impossible to get the full effect in a big open space with lots of other background noise.
I'm wondering what recommendations people here have from the home theatre in a box that you can get from the major electronics suppliers to other setups. Another store showed me a package which included a Yamaha RXV 559 receiver for $599 CAD and Paradign Cinema 70CT speakers for $599 as well. Is it really worth spending that extra money over a theatre in a box setup for half the price?
Bose isn't a great use of money. On the whole the products are underperforming and overpriced. Paradigm makes nice speakers and the $1200 package you suggest sounds like a reasonable alternative to most home theater in a box solutions. For my $1200 I'd suggest the following.... (based upon your apparent desire for a small inconspicuous setup).
NAD L-53 DVD/Receiver: $599
https://dmc-electronics.com/ (click on NAD Specials and scroll down)
This is a product made as an alternative to those looking at home theater in a box setups - It is a receiver with integrated DVD player. NAD makes very good hi-fi equipment that far exceeds the performance of mass market hardware for a small premium. Typically NAD gear is simple and sacrifices needless features for higher performance.
Go to Circuit City and get the Infinity Primus home theater setup.
The all in one small package is $333 currently (search: PRIMUSHCSCH )
This should put you under your anticipated $1200 quite nicely and will blow away any satellite Bose setup. Spending a little more on speakers, CC
now has the Primus 150 (next size up bookshelf for only $30 each after rebate).
Primus 150 (x4) = $120 (after rebate)
Primus center (x1) = $100
Leaving plenty of money left for a sub... Infinity makes a Primus sub to match the set but I don't know much about it.
Here is a review of the Primus 150 from Stereophile:
This is a magazine that typically reviews components costing thousands (and often much more). The review is very positive.
This is a variation of my "garden variety" recommendation when someone asks for suggestions on a budget. The Infinity Primus speakers sound fantastic and are very efficient (which places a less taxing load on the amplifier/receiver). The NAD electronics sound a good bit more natural than the brands available at big box stores with a slight warm balance.
I would expect that you'll be very pleased with my recommendations. Let us know what you decide to purchase. At the least you shouldn't pass up this Infinity deal (I actually was going to recommend the Primus before I realized that the 150s were $60 per pair after rebate - in light of the lower price it's not a no brainer).