My first post here guys, so take it easy on me.
This forum is chock full of great information, but with so many options, this new hobby might be overwhelming
I'm getting rid of the Cinemate II that I bought cheap ($250) when I was living in an apartment. It sounded good (to me at least) at the time, now it sounds muddy and underpowered. Now I own a home with a living room that's around 12' wide by 18' long and need some more oooomph in my setup with a bidget of about $500
My usage for this system would be primarily music, with the occasional blu-ray and general TV use. That's why I'm planning on sticking with a 2.1/3.1 setup for the time being. I listen to primarily metal, with rock, country and rap generally thrown in. I'm not looking for anything crazy, just something that will sound good at low to mid volumes.
I've been beating around the bush on an Onkyo NR series receiver (414 or a 509) or a Yamaha RX-V series (373BL or V471). I know the Onkyos have been having reliability issues so I'm leaning towards a Yamaha for more power and heard they're more reliable.
As for speakers, I was thinking about some Polk Monitor 45B's mated with a Polk PSW10. I see, for the same price as the 45B's, I can get some DefTech SM 350. The DefTech's seem to be a decent speaker in this forum, as are the Cambridge Audio s30's.
I'm wanting to stick with bookshelf speakers do to price and space, but I also am not opposed to buying some Polk Monitor 65T for $150/each right now. I'd most likely skimp on a sub if I got the Monitor 65T's or the DefTech SM 350.
If a subwoofer is recommended, I know the PSW10 isn't well liked around here
, so any other recommendations are always welcomed.
I guess what my question is, what would be the best bang for my buck? Like I said, music first, then blu-rays/gaming, then TV.