I currently have nothing but a TV for sound. I'd like to very cheaply get better sound for music, movies, and video games (especially Rock Band!, which is basically music). I have only a PS3 hooked up to my TV, which does everything, so I'd likely just use the output from the back of my TV.
What I am not looking for is extreme volume or lots of bass. In fact, I'd like to go without a subwoofer entirely. I live in an apartment and my downstairs neighbors are crazy.
What I do especially want is clear dialogue for movies. It kills me when the other channels drown out the dialogue.
So I am looking at two different options, 2 channel without a receiver using my TV for the center (just using a cheap mini amplifier) or a cheap receiver with the addition of a center speaker. Unless there's some way to get left, right, and center out of an inexpensive amp.
To me, the 2 channel is appealing if I can get still get decent dialogue since it's cheaper and simpler. But then having a receiver able to parse out a center channel or fake one with a dedicated speaker sounds like it will be the better choice, sound-wise.
I'm curious if you have any better solutions or recommendations than my crazy concoction!DV62si Bookshelf
: $110LP-2020A+ Mini Amp
: $20DV-32CLR Center