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Can you help me pick the best Blu Ray/ Home theater system?

Here's what I'm looking for:

I want a good Blu-Ray player that plays DVDs as well. My TV is I think 52" HDTV flat screen. It's a Samsung. My boyfriend isn't big on technology but he likes having really good electronics. We both agree we need a Blu-Ray player, and the other night he mentioned how cool it'd be to have an audio system for our movies. Nothing fancy, but something a little extra, you know? We don't need 3D features or top of the line products. I definitely would like to stay under $300 total. Any suggestions? I'd really appreciate any help, thank you!

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Best under $300.00?
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Actually it's the word "best" that make me hesitate a reply.

With careful shopping, a BDHT can happen. I see a Sony HT system for $299 at Amazon. I personally just bought a Panasonic system (SC-BT230P-K) for $170 (yes, just got to keep one's eyes open). Of coarse, I doubt very much they are one of the "best" though.

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Thanks, but....

So no recommendations on what brand or model to keep my eyes open for?

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Not really,

I would think companies such as Sony or Panasonic are pretty reliable, so I probably go with that. Awhile back I had a $100 surround system (no-name brand) and the thing actually sounded pretty to me. With surround it's the effect that count the most, but if you have both effect and quality then that would be ideal.

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