Instead of suggesting that your friend purchase a junky HTIB system that he'll grow to dislike if he ever hears your system, why don't you suggest he start with a stereo setup of a couple of excellent Axiom speakers plus a subwoofer. A pair of M22s or M2s plus an EP125. . .
He could run an AV receiver in the stereo + sub mode and gradually upgrade, adding surrounds and a center as he can afford them.