I recently bought a Sony BRAVIA HX850 and am looking for speakers to pair with it. My budget is around $600. I dont want a surround sound system, I live in an apartment, and my living room size is 18'x18'.
Currently I am leaning towards a receiver and two bookshelf speakers, and maybe a sub (not sure if I would need it). I would rather not have a gigantic receiver, but it seems like thats mandatory to have good sound.
Is $600 a good budget? (I live in Canada)
What would you recommend?
About the receiver, I am thinking of leaving everything plugged into my TV and outputting the sound to the receiver via optical out. Is this an OK route? Does this allow me to use older receivers without worrying about codec/3d-hdmi support?
A coworker offered to sell me one of his receivers (Yamaha RX-V571) for about $150, seems like a steal.