Folks - I am a first timer so please take it easy on me.
I am moving into a new apartment in less than a week and I want to pull together a nice enough HT system. I plan on using the system for gaming, movies, casual TV, and music during parties. It is a Hoboken apartment which means the living room is pretty much it so size is an additional consideration. I am cost conscious and I have the unique opportunity of using 'performance points' from my company to purchase some of the hardware. I am starting from scratch and I need the following:
- 5.1 surround sound speaker/subwoofer setup
Now here is where it gets complicated. I have enough 'points' to either get one of two combinations below:
- Bose Acoustimass 10 speaker system
- TV and a yamaha 7.1 Channel Network AV Receiver RX-V673BL
After choosing one of those two combinations above I have an additional budget of around $800 to fill in the gaps. I know this forum, among many others, does not speak highly of the Bose brand. The only reason I am considering it is because I have minimal knowledge on audio brands and it would save me the headache of trying to piece together a 5.1 HT setup. I am looking to the community for help choosing one of my two 'points purchase' options above as well as providing guidance on how to fill in the missing pieces. Ideally, I would love for someone to lay out 5.1 speaker system set ups so that I could avoid going with Bose only for the convenience. Any advice on the receiver is appreciated as well but its my understanding that yamaha is a pretty sturdy brand. I am covered on TV knowledge. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.