Hello everyone, this is my first post here so please be brutally honest (I need it).
I'm currently in school, and as soon as I graduate I plan to move far away to get a PhD. Through a series of fortunate circumstances and generous friends/family, I do not actually own any furniture. Because of this, I am trying to avoid purchasing anything that I can't either take with me or sell before I move.
I live in an apartment building and don't want to disturb my downstairs neighbors with a subwoofer.
My furniture is arranged in a way that I could accommodate a 5 speaker system.
I will be using this system mostly to listen to music, watch steamed movies from hulu/netflix, and watching hdtv through an antenna.
With all of this in mind, I'm leaning towards a 2.0 system. The surround speakers seem like they would almost never be used. Any subwoofer of decent quality/volume will probably give my neighbors a headache, so I'd rather go with two floorstand speakers.
As for the price range, I'm hoping someone can provide some insight. I know that for computer components there are certain performance/cost plateaus that you want to meet, but not exceed, in a build. Is this the same for speakers? Or does performance/cost degrade at a relatively constant rate? I'm hoping to spend ~$200 ( polk monitor 70
perhaps? ), but I could pay up to $300 ( veritas 6.2
or cf 50
perhaps? ) if it provides better value.
Frustratingly enough, I love
my bass. However, I love not being evicted even more. I would like my speakers to provide relatively good quality sound at low frequencies, but not so low that they would rattle my floor.
I don't have a receiver yet either and have absolutely no idea what to get. I don't think I need any special features, I think I want one with a digital audio in (from the TV), at least 2x (3x ideal) hdmi inputs from my computers, and a hdmi out to provide video to the TV from the computers.