questionscan anyone recommend a good home theater sound…

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I wouldn't recommend wireless speaker systems, the sound quality just isn't there for the price tag. I agree with @my1daydeal with the NO BOSE.. unless you like to hear fake bass (google audiophiles reasons why Bose sucks).

I don't normally care for Surround Systems in a Box, but Onkyo has some great sets. I would just recommend that you replace all the speaker cable to a higher-grade (which can be bought online in bulk really cheap and you CAN DEFINITELY HEAR THE DIFFERENCE)..

TigerDirect has had some nice deals on Onkyo systems (you're looking between 500-900 for a 5.1 or 7.1 system from Onkyo), and their receivers are amazing. Usually 4 HDMI/4 Component/2+ Optical/AM/FM/iPod attachment/4 Composite/etc etc..

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With a $300 budget, you're going to have to give up some of your wishes ...

- Forget wireless speakers. You have to run power to them anyways, so all you really did was trade one type of cord for another.
- Bluetooth ... for the budget, you can get Bluetooth ready, but that's about it.
- Not have to hookup a receiver ... this I don't understand. You have to have something, y'know.

Now for the budget ...
Receiver ... Good bang for the buck from Pioneer.
5.1 speakers ... Monoprice wins on value.
Speaker wire ... figure out how much 16ga you need yourself here.
Monoprice for the rest of the hookups.

It's not going to be the absolute greatest, but it'd be a lot better than many of the "home theater in a box" systems.

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@devexityspace: Ok, I'll rule out wireless which should help bring the price down. Thanks for your response. This is so frustrating. I feel like all of the specs on these systems are in a foreign language.

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I have been very happy with my LG Audio sound bar. Here is a link that gives specs. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882005069

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@yrguide: Nice speakers, but I don't think you're going to find a $50 receiver to make it under your $300 budget.

If you're going to go with a $450+ budget, then by all means, get them.

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They almost are in a foreign language: audiophile. But you are coming into an industry that is built around marginal and major gains: the sound quality between $50 speakers and $75 speakers is not very great; but $50 speakers and $1000 speakers can be quite the difference. However, $50 speakers through a $2000 receiver will generally sound better than $1000 speakers through a $50 receiver (yes, these do exist, but I would recommend you steer clear of them for now). Long story short- the price is important in this industry (like the car industry) because most people will equate the price to the quality (precisely because the audio terms can be VERY confusing- just something to watch out for- and if you are buying speakers in a store- watch out that you don't get talked into something more expensive than your budget (cost/benefit analysis).

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If you want to avoid a receiver/amp, you don't have many options in the consumer level of products. (Most self powered speakers are commercial grade and will cost accordingly)- the exception I can think of right off hand is a sound bar- it won't give you a true 5.1 surround sound, but it will fit inside your budget.

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I've had a BOSE 321 system for at least 6-7 years, while it is not the $4000 system the like to sell, it is an incredible system. The sound is awesome, clear and works great with video games!