Hey everyone, basically I was going to buy a HTIB before to go with my new Pansanoic 50" ST60 & Sony BDP-S5100...but now I'm thinking I want to start assembling a home theater system from individual pieces. I've combed through the forums extensively, but kind of feel overwhelmed with all of the options so hopefully some of y'all can help give me a bit of guidance.
I'm currently renting a house where the room it will be used in is about 20 long by 15 wide. This set-up will be used for movies/TV about 60% of the time and music 40% of the time for hanging out and entertaining guests on the weekends.
Instead of buying a cheap HTiB I'm thinking I would be better off with a 3.1 or 5.1 that can be added to later. Currently, the least important part of the system is the sub since a roommate's bedroom is directly beneath, so a cheap one will suffice for now until I move into a new place in a year or 2.
What would you recommend as the essentials to start out with i.e. AVR, # of speakers, etc. My current spending budget for RIGHT NOW is preferably from 500-700, but up to an absolute MAX of 800. Please keep in mind that I would like to eventually add pieces to this system to make it first a 5.1 and eventually a 7.1
Should I go with an onkyo/denon AVR? If so, what do you recommend?
How about 2 front speakers and 1 center speaker to start, along with a $100 sub? If so, what speakers and sub would be best?
Thank you all so much in advance!