Re: I'm a noob at HT Audio
For the money the Z-5550's are your best bet. I researched for over a month trying to find the best solution and I feel good about my decision.
I have it connected via optical and the sound in movies with my toshiba hdtv with direct tv is amazing. Especially when you consider I only have $250 in the sound system.
A good receiver will cost you more than that.