Originally Posted by Revs
For that sort of budget I'd be looking at the Q Acoustics 1010i 5.1 kit
, £500 for all 6 speakers including an active sub. It's received very good reviews
in the mags.
For an amp/receiver, I'm a big fan of Denon, and just about any of the amps in their range will sound good and be powerful enough to power these speakers. Obviously the more you pay the better the quality, but as you go up through range the main benefit is features. So as long as you make sure the amp has the features you want and isn't the very cheapest in the range I'm sure you'll be very happy with it. Again, it might be an idea to read some amp reviews to get a better picture of what's good and what to avoid.
Do you know any semi reasonably priced amps that will do all the new codecs like TrueHD, DTS master etc or are these codes gimmicky?
Will that speaker set + an amp that does TrueHD or DTS master sound clearly better than a Z-5500 or will it just sound louder?
Sorry for my n00bness, I have no idea on this stuff.