I just got my first HDTV and watching it with nothing but the built in speakers is really a shameful experience. The picture looks so good, but the sound is... well, dismal at best
I have convinced my wife that we need a surround system. I personally want a 7.1 system (don't have a receiver yet), but I'm not convinced that the size of my room will really be conducive to it. My budget is $500 for 7 speakers and 1 decent sub.
The room is a rectangle that is 12' wide x 25' long (300 Sq Ft). We sit watching the TV the short way. We are pretty close to centered along the 25' wall. So the viewing distance is about 10'
I just finished this room, so it is wired for 7.1 surround with either 16 or 14 gauge wire (don't remember which).
I have read a ton of threads about this and every time I think I found something that I like, I end up finding something different. So over all I'm pretty confused.
Currently I'm leaning toward the Pioneer SP-BS41-LR for the front, and if I can find them for cheaper the SP-BS21-LR for all 4 backs. The SP-C21 for the center.
I am also considering the SLS Q-Line Gold speakers. Though I'm not really sure about them other than what AV-Express has to say about them.
I have also looked at the Polk, JBL, and Klipsch. I also really like the Energy line of speakers, but they seem to sell them in a package that includes the sub, and I'm not sure about their sub. I know the sub needs to be pretty good, which is why I am hesitant to get one in a package. So suggestions would be great.
I also have between 200-300 more to spend on the receiver. I really can't go any higher than $800 for the entire setup.
Anyway, your help is really appreciated.