Just completed finishing out a small area in my basement for a den/theater area, but now I need some suggestions for an audio system. I am going to pick-up either a Samsung 46" LN46A550 or Sony 46" KLN-46V4100 as the TV.
I was told to go with 2.1 due to the size of the room, but I am not convinced...can someone offer advice on 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 for the set-up as well as any systems they would suggest?
at least consider 3.1 as your minimum setup. Some a/v receivers can do a decent job of creating a "phanton center", but there is so much audio information on the movie center channel soundtrack it really does require its own speaker. A really nice front 3 speaker bundle from Jamo (units are selling out fast - this is a very popular sale) http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/...103__0_0_0_-1/
for surrounds (in less than optimal positions if you want 5.1) consider dipole speakers mounted on the side walls. The dipole design will difuse the sound a bit and help with the out of position mounting.
you will need an a/v receiver, like the Yamaha V565, Onkyo SR606 or 607, Pioneer 919, or Denon 790.
Amazon was offering a $50.00 rebate on the Onkyo receiver (don't know if they still are). I've got Amazon prime (free shipping) so the total cost was $717. Very, very happy with the results. I'm currenly using a 3.1 configuration (may add back speakers at a later date). The Onkyo receiver has several settings to simulate surround sound with only two or three speakers.
I tried the CT500 Sony soundbar. While I would have been happy if the Sony had worked, I went through two bad units. The Onkyo/Energy combination does sound much nicer. The downside? More wires, even using only three speakers and a subwoofer. It's definitely worth it. Look at the CNET review of the Energy speakers: