I picked up the Denon AVR-1913 this weekend for a cool $299 at Fry's while on a family weekend getaway in Atlanta. I want to setup a 5.1 system in my family room. I'll be using zone 2 for my patio.
I'm almost embarrassed to say what my budget is seeing how much some of you audiophiles spend, but I really want to keep it under $500. It will get more TV use than music. However, I do want the music to sound great as well. I'm not an audiophile but I can understand and hear the difference when you invest the big bucks. I'm just not there yet.
The only real requirement I have (OK, my wife has) is that the speakers aren't boxy or cumbersome-looking, especially the center channel. Below is a picture of my family room so you can see what I'm working with. The center speaker will be mounted just under the fireplace mantle. The left/right speakers and the sub will go on top of the built-in bookshelves. If you have any suggestions on my tentative placements, I'm all ears.
The room itself is double story and opens into the kitchen directly behind where this photo was taken from and into a large open foyer to the left. I have a lot of real estate for the rear satellites so I'm not to worried about those.
I saw the MartinLogan MLT-2 deal on NewEgg for $299. Seems like a great system for the price considering my needs but I'm having a hard time finding some good photos of it. The speakers look too boxy and not as sleek as I would want. Again, I have to make sure it looks "nice" so the wifey won't yell at me or worse.
With respect to the outdoor patio speakers, I've narrowed it down to these two:HTD Q50: http://www.htd.com/Products/Outdoor-Speakers/Q50-outdoor-speakersOSD's Audio AP640: http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/aphidepaspp.html
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions. I will appreciate them.