Home Theater magazine does the most thorough tests of anyone around, and they consistently rate Denon receivers the best sounding and the best at putting out the power advertised to 5 or more channels.
I would advise any friend of mine to get a Denon receiver. IMO they are the best in most price ranges.
You should NEVER put a TV over the fireplace because the screen will be subjected to excess heat, and smoke film will accumulate on the screen. You also might get warranty service refused if the TV shows signs of this; it is considered misuse and voids the warranty. You want to figure something else out, or never use the fireplace.
From what little I can see in the pictures, it looks like the wall to the right of the fireplace would be the obvious best place to put everything. That angled wall is going to be problematical anyway; Speaker placement????? A 65-inch Mitsubishi on a Tech-Craft stand for the equipment would be molto coolo on that wall...mmmm.
High-quality subs START at $500 and go to $2000 each. There are some marginally decent ones for around $300. The Klipsch RW12D ain't too bad...lol.
If you want high-quality good-sounding speakers, IMO you want to look at Monitor Audio and PSB and KEF. IMO most Klipsch speakers are a long way from the best for the money.
Tower speakers are a waste of money in an HT system. Get good front speakers that go down below 50 Hz so that you have good mid-bass from them. Tower speakers will cost twice as much for the equivalent sound quality and only go 10 Hz lower, which is of no significance when using a good subwoofer.
Fabulous front speakers- Monitor Audio Bronze BX-2 ($489/pair).
Originally Posted by SimpleC
Yeah, hes got a point with putting it over the fireplace. Is it a gas fireplace or a real fireplace? A gas fireplace isn't going to put off nearly as much heat as a real one. You have that huge wall right next to the fireplace, I'd put it there.
As for the speakers, from what I've read they make all the difference in the world. 500 for a sub seems high to me though unless you're going for top of the line. And top of the line does not mean better sound quality. For that size of a room I think tower speakers are a great choice. But then I'm not an expert
I can tell you I have been reading constantly, every day, for the past month on receivers and Yamaha are top notch. Pioneer elite models are also very good.