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01-16-2011, 12:06 PM
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I'm starting from scratch to put a system in my new place. I have a large budget but would just as soon spend as little as possible. I am not an audiophile. I am a newbie.
- 55" TV mounted on wall
- Surround Sound (at least 5.1)
- Ability to stream Netflix
- Multi-room (3 rooms + theatre room)
- Ability to stream Pandora to all 4 rooms
My first inclination was to look for a receiver that could do all of this for me but after reading a bit it seems that the general guidance is to go the other route and buy separate components.
- What separate components are recommended? Do I need all 3 of these: receiver, amplifier, network-streaming device?
- Are there any receivers that can power 3-rooms plus a 5.1 home theatre without an amp or is that just adding unnecesary expense to do it with one component?
- Would a networked receiver eliminate the need for a device like WD Live, or is that just limiting my receiver options too much?
- Should I buy a HT in a box to save money or is it not that much more to buy individually?
- Can you recommend a few receivers, perhaps last years models, that are a good value? I'm not interested in 3D and probably don't even know what the rest of the cutting-edge features are.
- Do you recommend any wall mounted speakers for the extra rooms for low-volume use?