Me and my husband are setting up a home theater room, and currently considering the audio side of things. Our budget is around $1000-$1500, which should encompass the receiver and all speakers, in a 7.1 (or 7.2) setup. We also want this room to work as a general audio streaming / music playing room, where audio files can be streamed through a home network (ideally without requiring the use of itunes, since despite owning an iphone, I'm not very big on the apple way of organizing music).
The room is quite, large 20x24, and our setup will involve a projector and a 150 inch CIH screen.
When it comes to the receiver, I've been considering something like the Pioneer VSX-1021k, the Denon 1912 or the Onkyo TX-NR609. On the other hand, I wonder if something cheaper like the Sony STR-DH710 would do the job just fine, and if the higher priced models would be overkill for what we need.
With respect to the speakers and the subwoofer(s), we're both pretty lost in terms of what the best choices are for this price range. When it comes to the front speakers, I'm also concerned that the spread between the left and right will be too large on such a wide screen, and so I've been considering if it's a better idea to go with three center type wall speakers that go under the screen for that part of the room.
Any ideas and thoughts are welcome!