Hello everyone. Forgive this open ended suggestion, but in spite of all of my research, I am going in circles. So I thought I would seek informed opinions.
In October we will be moving into our new home, and we will have a family room in the basement. There will be a 64" plasma on one wall, 16' wide, and the room will be 24' deep. About half way back, we will be placing a sectional. We have a descent console table to go under the TV, and it will be wall mounted. So the video and room layout are figured out; The one thing I do not have figured out is the sound.
My current setup needs an immediate upgrade; it is a leftover Onkyo starters set from 12 years ago. They are battered, boxy and very dated. I do have a more modern receiver - A Denon AVR 1913 - and I am ok with my current powered sub for now. What I need is a new set of 5.0 speakers.
Here are the variables: Any surrounds will have to be to the side of and above the seating area, so as to not block a relatively narrow walk way around the end of the sectional. So a lower profile setup would be nice. And my ability to control the in wall wiring is relatively limited - I have to work with a third party contractor - so doing something like in wall speakers would be relatively difficult. And, of course, money IS an object in this case, in that I don't have any.
Doing something for $4-500 would be ideal, and I would prefer to find a product that is available via Amazon.com. Finally, I am not an audiophile by any sense. A clean, efficient, matched 5.0 setup is all I am hoping to achieve; I do not need to go with a deep, dream system. A good quality budget set is more than fine. Hmmm... did I leave anything out?
I always liked the idea of thin, long, flat speakers below and to either side of the TV. And I did find the HTD Flat Panel Speakers (http://www.htd.com/Products/flat-pan...-panel-speaker
) that look like a great way to achieve that kind of setup. But I am not sure what I would use for surrounds, they are a bit more than I can afford and they don't seem to work through Amazon. Another option might be a passive LCR sound bar, but those all seem priced out of my reach. The Vizio 3.0 system is amplified, which is not what I want. And I supposed I could go with a more traditional set of towers, center and book shelves, keeping in mind that the surrounds need to be wall mounted.
My major problem is my ignorance of the market and what is possible. So I wonder what you might suggest? Sorry for the long post; I hope it is not too annoying. Thank you in advance for your help and thoughts!