I have a very nice speaker setup in my basement (2 Salk SS8s, a salk HT2C for the center, and am in the process of getting some WOW1s for surround, and 2 Rythmik F15HP subs) which I am happy with.
However, my wife doesn't really like the basement, so when we watch stuff together it is often in our living room. We used to have a sound bar/receiver/sub combo (the receiver was the sub too) which was much better than the TV speakers, but the receiver stopped working. (We had some kittens who kept chasing each other behind it & knocking all the HDMI plugs about, and eventually the HDMI output stopped working).
Anyway, its an odd space and I'm not sure what to do.
I can post some pictures if that would be helpful.
- has a corner shelf: there is a gas fireplace and on the mantle there is a small lip just big enough for a not-too-deep sound bar, and then there is a larger flat shelf further up). The TV is on the top shelf, and there isn't really room for speakers by it. I could probably rig up some sort of mount for not-too-heavy monitors and have them on the mantle area... or a sound bar.
- is open on 2 sides (for ~1/2 the wall length)
I think with where seating is set up, surround sound would be very difficult. So I'm thinking of getting some reasonable monitors, a sub, and a reciever (w/ built-in amp). But I don't need anything too fancy.
My main thing is that I want dialogue to be easier to understand.
It doesn't need to go very loud--my wife can't stand it (and if I'm not with her, I can just go use the big system in the basement).
In terms of budget, I don't have anything specific in mind. Given that I don't need super quality sound, just decent, I don't think budget will be an issue.
Anyone have suggestions?