I was recently introduced to this forum by an associate at Magnolia in a local BB about a month or so ago, and fortunately, or unfortunately for my wallet, the upgrade bug has hit me hard!
Anyway, I am selling all of my current equipment, and starting over from scratch!
I already have the display figured out, which will be a 64 inch Samsung plasma, and now I need to start putting together the sound element of my new home theater!
Keep in mind this will be for Movies and TV mostly, with about 5% music.
I want to know what components you would buy (speakers, center, sub, receiver, power conditioner etc.) and why. This can be anything from a 2.1 to a 7.1 setup, its up to you! In fact I would encourage looking at it as a building a foundation for a good system, because I will have more money in the future for upgrades. Please include a rough total cost to your suggestions.
Now I would prefer to stay under 2k, however, if you are getting a much higher quality setup, for another 500-1000 dollars, then by all means, but please pay attention to the law of diminishing returns!
I will be very curious to see what kind of setups you guys come up with, and the reasoning behind it. I think this thread could serve as a great base for people like me, who do not have the intimate knowledge of speaker products and technology like you guys do, but still wants to build a quality system!
EDIT: My current living room is 16 ft by 14 ft, tile floors, standard 8 ft ceilings, and 3 rather large windows.
The windows will be covered by heavy wood blinds, and will be further covered by heavy dark drapes. There is a large 8ft by 10ft rug to cover the tile, and a fireplace in the room.
The viewing will be happening across the 14 ft area, and from couch positioning to the tv will be 11 ft.