Help needed with budget HT



I am planning for a home theater to enhance my movie experience, with occasional music. I live in a small town in India, where taxes are very high. We have to pay 2 to 3 times the price in the US.

My room size is ~ 15ft x 20ft.

Choice is limited to (due to limited availability):

1. Onkyo Tx SR 304E + HT230 (bundled)
2. Onkyo HTS 590 (am worried if the lack of powered sub will be a big difference)
3. Onkyo Tx SR 304E + JBL SCS 140 BK (separates)
4. Pioneer VSX 416S + JBL SCS 140 BK (bundled)- most budget friendly @ $500
5. Onkyo Tx SR 304E + JBL SCS 260.5 (separates)
6. HK AVR 132 + JBL SCS 200.5 (bundled)

The last two #5 & #6 will really stretch my budget these will cost ~US $ 1100 (due to high taxes).

Is the Pioneer OK? in comparison with Onkyo & HK.

If Onkyo & JBL combo is better, I have to buy them separately.

I am not an expert, but do enjoy good sound. I have JBL in my car and can feel the difference between them and other cars which have Pioneer, Kenwood (these two sell the most in car audio in India).

Any advice, guidance will be most appreciated. I live in a small town, and will not buying this everyday. So will need max help on the subject.

Thank all of you for the forums which do provide great info for uninitiated like me.

One more thing I may have to buy without listening, as I dont have any dealers who stock. So I am dependent on your experience & guidance.

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