So after years of yearning, I went ahead and did it. Made the first purchase toward my home theater. A little background, and a description of where I am and where I would like to go.
My great room is where I do most of the viewing/listening. It's about 20x14 with hard wood floors. I've got a 50" LCD 1080 HD with really ****** TV speakers. I mostly view streaming Netflix and Hulu, and watch movies in MP4 format. I also listen to Spotify and Pandora through a WDTV streaming box. My home NAS is storage for my music collection and downloaded content, which also streams through the WDTV.
Today I purchased a factory refurb Denon 1613 through accessories4less for $239. My next purchase is going to be Klipsch RB-51 II speakers. Does anyone want to talk me into different speakers for the type of listening / watching I will do?
My first question is, should my next addition be a subwoofer or a center channel? I hear the RB-51's have decent bass. The answer is likely just to set up and listen, and then determine my needs.
Eventually I will add two surrounds in ceiling, which I pre-wired when I built my house 5 years ago. My second question is, does anyone have any experience with in ceiling surrounds when the rest of the speakers are lower on bookshelves? Probably will have to play with the settings a bit.
Bluray player will be added eventually. Is Bluray viewing much better than streaming HD? Any other advantages?
Anyway, I guess I'm in the game now. Look forward to reading more about this crazy-expensive hobby. I love watching movies and listening to music and entertainment in general, so I suppose there are worse things I could spend my disposable income on.
Thanks to all you experts out there who make this forum so fun and informative. Your knowledge and experience really inspire a neophyte like me!