I'm quite new to this and would like some reccomendations for an economical HTIB system suited for me.
I live in a 1br apartment in a highrise, so I don't need very much power. Actually instead of overwhelming bass, I am looking for a system to provide an encompassing effect and have a high level of clarity and "timbre" (hope i'm using that right).
You can definately find something in your range by going to Best or Circuit. Most HTIB's don't have tons of bass, so in this case, this is what you will want. Remember, Sony is a good brand, but overpriced. HTIB isn't one of their strongsuits. Don't forget even checking out Walmart or Target or Costco. Be sure no matter what, buy better speaker wire. At lease a 16g. The wire with the set isn't that good. Some of the HTIB's wires can't be changed though. (Panasonic and some Sony's) Make sure about a return policy. Most places give you at least 30 days to see if you like it or not. Good luck and let us know what you went with.
One note, when you do get your system, set it to your normal listening level for a day or two, then go to your neighbors apartments and ask if it bothers them. You get to meet your neighbors and possibly avoid future "tensions".
That said, in another thread on this board there was this link: