Usually when I go to buy something, I avoid making these threads, but that's until I decided to start putting together a home theater system lol, this is the longest I've spent, and the most confused I've gotten trying to purchase something.
Anyways, I'm currently living in an apartment, so looking to start small (unless you guys think otherwise) and just do a 2ch audio system. However, I will eventually be moving into a house so would be nice to have something that I can upgrade to a full 5.1 and it still suite a bigger sized room later down the road. Doing 5.1 here would involve getting a wireless sub and rear speakers.. and I really doubt it's worth messing with all that.
So the room is fairly small 13' by 13' if you count just the "TV area" and not the adjoined dining room, 13' by 24' with. TV is wall mounted and couch pushed up all the way against the wall.
Apartment is fairly thin walled, hence why I opted no sub, but don't want to by completely devoid of any hint of bass for daytime viewing, so looked into speakers that still had good bass response. This search came up with mainly towers, but a few bookshelf speakers seemed to fit the bill as well.
For bookshelves I looked into the SVS Ultra and GoldenEar Aon
For towers, was thinking about GoldenEar Triton 7 or Defenitive Tech 8020ST due to their built in subs. However, I'm doubting the DT speaker will work due to being bidirectional and I'm going to have to cram them both into corners and against walls. Also recently stumbled upon the best sub $1000 speaker thread and considering those as well. Also not sure if towers would cause more of a problem do to their closer proximity to the floor (I'm on 2nd).
And then option 3 was just saying screw it, and getting something cheap in the meantime like Pioneers, instead of trying to put nice gear in a ridiculous environment and doing it right later down the road when I get a house lol.
My max budget was going to be $1500, but I'm not against spending less.. let's say my budget is potentially $200 to $1500 haha.