Can somebody talk to me like I am six years old for just a minute?
I am very excited to put some respectable 5.1 sound in my basement to go along with my new Panasonic TC-L55ET5. I am not an audiophile, but I want sound that I can be really proud of when I have the guys over for some gaming, the football game, or a movie. I'm going to budget approximately $2000 total for the receiver, 5 speakers, and sub. (Otherwise, there is nothing complicated about my setup: comcast DVR, PS3 right now, maybe a roku or airplay at some point later.)
Problem is, I went about this all wrong, and bought the TV stand before anything else, and now I am really space-limited. The 1403 or 1603 will save my butt because it will slide right into one of the small spaces I've got left. Most of the big standard-sized receivers will not.
Please just let me know, at a high level -- will these receivers disappoint? Is 50w per channel plenty (the basement is not that big)? Is it going to mess up my video quality, as esh516 suggests? Are there other quality receivers to try that are the same slim profile?