Our sons gifted us a 50" Panny plasma. I have been reading on here and researching for quite awhile now. I have been to Magnolia and 1 other local audio store. I decided against a soundbar & HTIB and decided to gradually build a surround system. I have never had any nice A/V equipment before. So thought this would be a nice time to get started. Here is some info:
The room is a 20' x 27' high arched ceiling (aprox 5800 cuft ). The tv is centered and mounted on one end wall. The main viewing couch is 12' from tv. In the center of the 2 long walls there is a 9' glass patio door and a 7' opening, to the rest of the house, on the other wall.
Our usage is 60% Directv/movies and 40% music (classic rock-soft & hard ), probably bookshelf speakers for now (budget & wife). Dialog and clarity very important.
I would rather not sell old equipment to upgrade, rather just buy the 2.0 system to begin with and grow. But it would be possible to move smaller speakers to the master bedroom later. I'm looking for suggestions on brands and models.
Here is where I need some help. I'm gonna approach my budget in a couple of ways, depending on suggestions.Option 1:
L/R Front speakers~ $500/pair
?? A/V Receiver ~ $300-500
OK, I was told at audio store there were no $500/pr
speakers that would fill my large room. So if they would get me by for awhile I would move them to the bedroom later. If they could fill the room, I would just build from here and add a center and sub later. Maybe even buy a less expensive pair, since I would be moving them.Option 2:
L/R Front Speakers ~ $1000-1300/pair
$$ A/V Receiver ~ $ no idea (an Integra was suggested at audio store)
In this case I would save for awhile and then just build on this system,(not sure if I'm patient enough though).
What I listened too were Boston Acoustics 685's ( I think )-$480/pr
and a pair of Def Tech - $440/pr
. The BA sounded much nicer to me. At the audio store all I listened too were Paradigm Studio 20's- $1300/pr
. Very nice but wanted to hear some PSB's, no luck.
After this long post I'm hoping to get some suggestions on how you would approach this dilemma, and what speakers would fill this room. Thanks