Here is the situation. I've decided my 5.1 Home Theater and Big Screen system has to go, it needs to be simplified, so by the power of Craigslist I have someone looking at my old Receiver, Polk RM's sub and Giant Toshiba CRT based HDTV. I've sold some other items and when its all said and done I'll have a home theater budget of about $1100. I realize we can blow that on a TV, but I've budgeted about $650 on a TV and stand, I know what I want there (Sears is closing out a 46" Plasma and I know where to get a really nice Z-Line stand priced well) So, that leaves me with about $500 for a front speaker system of some kind. I just don't want 5.1 anymore, its not appropriate for my room.
So, to ask the question, is there a decent virtual surround solution for under $500? Does anyone have a system they are really pleased with? I'm familiar with several of the available options from Yamaha
, and even some of the HTIB systems from Samsung
, but finding a way to demo them all is not going to be practical, so I'm looking for some real detailed opinions from people that either own similar systems, or maybe someone who is a home theater expert and has had time to dabble in this (I used to, but have been out of it for a couple years). Anyone at Icrontic using a virtual surround solution for their main system?