Ok, although I'm pretty good with computer hardware I know nothing about sound, has never been a top priority of mine and with a tight budget it's always cut short. A simple sound card and speaker system is what I've always run off my computer.
Anyways, I run a HTPC for 90% of our TV/Movie/DVD/BR watching and have decided it's time for a sound system other than the built in tv speakers (horror!). I did a search and found some suggestions but my level of knowledge is so limited in this area I couldn't even confirm if these are good options for me.
So the idea is a receiver and 5.1 speakers, it's a little rectangular basement and has in the wall wiring for a 5.1 system. I guess I'm looking for a relatively affordable ($200-400) receiver that will run my HTPC and cable. Other than the HTPC we also have a playstation, wii and old VHS setup for family movies.
What would you guys recommend for an affordable low-mid level receiver? Thanks, it's really appreciated.