I'll just cut to the chase...I've been doing loads of research and am overwhelmed by receiver/speaker possibilities and have decided to ask for help. Did not see any current/active threads for my budget so here it goes:
Just received a Samsung PN58B550
from Best Buy as a college graduation gift and bought a Cheetah articulating wall mount
to go with it from Amazon for $130 shipped. I am willing to spend another $1500-2000 on a receiver and either 5 or 7 speakers. I have a Sony SA-WM500
from a past HT system that I think it will be efficient enough to handle my capabilities in an apartment (can't be too loud), but am open to purchasing one if need be. The entire $1500-$2000 budget will be used on COMPONENTS, so anything else (speaker stands, etc.) is not figured in.
The room I am outfitting is 16' x 15'7" and is pictured here
. I am not sure if I can place the TV against the opposite wall, but it may be a possibility.
My viewing/listening habits are as follows:
50% Gaming on PS3
35% HD TV viewing with emphasis on Sports & Movies.
10% Blu-Ray movies on PS3
5% Supplying music for parties (primarily Rap/Hip Hop/Rock/Classic Rock)
I have a preference for floorstanding speakers, but bookshelf are also fine.
I was thinking about going with a 7.1 setup with the new Onkyo HT-RC160
for $379/shipped, but it seems that many audio enthusiasts favor a 5.1 setup because of the better "bang-for-your-buck" and little/no difference in overall sound quality. This has left me at a standstill between 5.1 and 7.1. I am completely open to the possibilities, so feel free to give a 5.0 setup or 7.0 setup, or if you feel like it, both. Just felt like I need a few expert opinions.