pieces. And us old sound fans want you to maximize overall performance, which in turn means maximizing speaker budget as that's where the overwhelming amount of sound difference comes from. The electronics are meant to & largely, for practical purposes, do sound neutral. On the other hand all speaker brands have their own individual shound character.
HTiBs try to do too much at popular price points. Yes, many uy them as convenient shortcuts for sound without getting overconcerned with the extra price. To me, all HTiBs have some critical quality compromise it them. A bit more work to build piece by piece yields better sound satisfaction for more lasting pleasure.
Then our poster jumps from HTiBs to Onkyo 605 receivers. That is a huge jump in capabilities & performance. And a 605 is overkill for all the more basic users. Entry level receivers, around $250, perform all the basics.
As to speaker brand, I spent years having Polks, but they are but one of at least a half dozen most basic speaker makers let alone buying up a bit for lasting quality. Yes, pleasing speakers can be had for $150-$200. But, an upgrade there is for best long term performance & value.
Unlike the last poster, I do NOT sell anything concerning home theatre. Ifg you consider wireless speakers, for heavens sake get out & hear them critically. Wireless performance just is never as good as wired. Yes, speaker makers atmany price points do wireless as they don't want to miss sales percieved by the public a new & fashionable. Our Dallas Rusty, I believe even heard the expensive B&W wirell at the Consumer Electronics Show & their salesmen quietly confirmed their embarrassment.
Wireless speakers may do well enough for computer sound, but this is music you are addressing along with home theater. Wireless incorporates high level of dropouts, making full sound only a dream.
Option #2, as for Bose, would be heavily voted down here as not recommending Bose relative to value & performance. No, I don't bash Bose, relatives have it & enjoy, I just won't embarrass them about the money factor.
There are many ways to go with legitimacy. I must say be aware Peter sells home theater furniture & maybe more. Yes, like any salesman, he has to quickly size up a potential customer & then they usually nearly as quickly choose their own one solution to sell to the customer as support & affirmation.