I guess the Sharp is the only model offered to you. If buying it I would give some attention that C/NET said it has less than average standard definition performance. That is perhaps an annoyance you would find frustrating as an ongoing factor. The relative lack of a bit of blackness is something I could better accept.
My opinion is to not be much concerned whether you are getting 5.1 or 7.1 Yes, surround fans may stress more is better. I don't feel the relative difference is very important. Apparently you want the convenience of an HTIB. The Onkyo model you cite is a pretty darn good one. C/NET has given it good reviews.
When it comes to the furniture involved, it is frustrating that the seem so expensive. I confess the one I deliberately got because of fine style was, indeed, more expensive than the IKEA you cite.
Combining normal living space to accommodate speaker placement nearly always involves compromise. Yes, if 7.1, it would be nice to get the rear surrounds behind the sofa. Your room is apparently pretty generous size. Can you live with the sofa not being up against the wall?
I never accumulated enough air miles to get any return on them other than a bunch of magazine subscriptions. I realize the situation of those who fly almost constantly is different.
Hi, I'm just looking to get some opinions on some of the new home theatre stuff I was thinking of purchasing.
Ikea Home theatre Unit
So would this be a good combination to get? My living room's size isn't too big so i don't know its 7.1 but 7 speakers sounds a lot cooler than 5. I already have a xbox 360 (not hdmi) and will possibly add a ps3 for the bluray player.
Concerning my 360, how will I go about connecting the audio to the receiver? The connector dongle for the 360 has a black cover thing in front of the audio output cover (Is that normal?).
Also, about the tv, I know its not high end but I'm getting it for free (saving airmiles for about 10 years haha). I've been looking at tvs for a while now (a year) and really wanted the panasonic thpz800u, will I be disappointed if i get this tv instead? Take note that I'm no tv expert, but nothing beats free haha.
One more question, my sofas are resting against the back wall(22ft) of a 22*18 ft room. How should I go about setting up the speakers if i use all 7?