After having a home built over 3 years ago, I finally have the ability to build a room in the basement just for me. With that being said, I have to be budget conscious. The room will be roughly 12x24 with 8 foot ceilings. I intend to put a plasma in the middle of one of the 24' walls and would need to add a surround system, receiver, blu ray and a directv box. The plasma, tv and blue ray I have under control. But it has been many years since I have bought any type of surround systems and now seek advice.
My research so far has basically been cnet reviews and random forum reading. I like the idea of the Energy Take Classic 5.1 as I can mount everything to the wall and out of the way of a 2 year old. Floor speakers are out because of that. I've seen some mention that if I choose that system, I should only buy the sats and center channel, opting to purchase an ungraded Energy sub, but I can't seem to locate a way to make that purchase for $400. However, I am open to other options for wall mounted, semi small system for both movies and music. I listen to quite a range of things and I'd like the speakers to be able to handle movies as well as being able to play the music pretty loud when I want.
As for a receiver, I am completely lost. My old systems had CDand DVD players but this one will not. I'd like to be able to connect something like an ipod if needed. But I don't have an iphone or ipdad for the airplay function so that isn't important to me. I'd say that spending no more than $500 on the speakers and $400 on the receiver would be ideal.
I hope I've given enough info to warrant advice from you folks. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks.