Hi everyone. Here is my scenario: I just bought a new house that will be finished in March so I wanted to get some new speakers. The house has an open floorplan where the kitchen, living room, dining room, are all connected, including vaulted ceiling throughout. I moved away from the idea of a surround setup and decided to get a pair of Polk Audio Monitor70s (2 total speakers) because I heard they were great for the money. I''ve never had a dedicated receiver so I don't know much about them. I hoped to pick up something under $250 that could push them. $300 would be my limit but again I would like to go cheaper if possible.
Monitor70's (2 total speakers)
Use: PS3, movies, music, record player(phono input needed)
1. Can anyone recommend a receiver in my price range that would work well or have any advice on what to look for?
2. I've seen reviews that say you need at least 100w per channel to make these sound good. If I only plan to use the two monitor70's (but may pick up a center late), do I still need a receiver that has 100w per channel or will the power that would have been sent to the rears if I had them instead be directed to the fronts? I hope that makes sense...
Thanks for any and all information provided!