Is this the right sub-forum for speaker advice? I'm a noob, so please go easy on me!
I need some suggestions about what speakers to look at for my simple, budget basement home theater setup.
I've got my Panasonic TC-L55ET5 in place, and I'm pretty sure I've settled on the Marantz NR1603 receiver (low profile is clutch for my cramped TV stand.) So now I need 5.1 good speakers to go along with those. My budget for the 5 speakers (and sub, if needed) is about $1250 to $1500.
My basement is more or less rectangular. The main area is approximately 12 feet by 19 feet, though there is a closet that takes a pretty big chunk out of one corner. The TV is set up in the center of one of the 12 feet long walls, with the couch (main viewing) approximately 11 feet away from the TV. So if you are sitting on the couch facing the TV, there is about 5 feet of space behind you (except on one end where the closet is). Walls and ceiling are drywall, floor is concrete slab with carpet over most of it.
Usage will largely be movies, gaming (PS3), and TV (football). Probably not that much straight music, though I wouldn't mind if it was able to handle music well.
So for speakers -- I'm not an audiophile, but I'd like a respectable set of speakers and sound that I can be proud of on movie night or gaming night with the guys.
I'm leaning toward tower speakers for the main left and right, for space and spouse reasons, but if you tell me that's a no go for my space for some reason, I'll reconsider. The rears need to be kinds small, they're going to have to go on the ceiling. Other than that, I'm all ears -- what's the best my budget will allow?
Thanks in advance!