Im looking to start from scratch to get into home audio/theater (50% audio, 50% tv or bluray). I dont listen at very high levels either for music. Low-medium on average in a smaller-medium average room. No more than 500 sq feet room and will sit within 10 feet of speakers. I do not have an audiopile ear nor am i very picky. I just like what sounds good and want to enjoy it. I would want to utilize airplay/pandora/tv/blue ray/cds. That is the extent of what I am looking for.
To tide me over for the next year or so and see if i really want to drop $$ on serious stuff, i am thinking of starting with a pair of bookshelves and not expensive receiver to power those. In the next year or so i will also definitely be moving , so dont know what kind of room/space i will have for towers/subwoofer. Once i am more settled I want to get a serious set of floor speakers and then go with a quality amp if the $ and interest is there.
I am overwhelmed though by the sheer amount of receiver/pre amps/integrated amps etc etc. Can you let me know if these scenarios makes sense? Any recommendations?
Scenario 1 - Correct me if i am wrong, i think i can do an entry levelish receiver now ($500??) then just add the amp in the future as long as the receiver has preouts correct? I wouldnt have to deal with a "preamp" right? This gameplan would allow me to get into things at a basic level with some bookshelfs ($500/pair budget), then in the future step up to 2-3k towers along with a good amp. If i go 5.1, should i just get an amp for the LR or LCR and power the rears with the receiver?
Scenario 2 - If i just buy a ~$1000 receiver now and ignore the future amp purchase, would this receiver also be sufficient to power 2-3k floor speakers, given the above stated listening style/room size? What about 5.1 at this price point?
For either of these scenarios, are there any features i need to look for to allow for scaleability/not be obsolete in two years?? Ive read about 4k pass through which i think will be covered at most price points. At the most i would have a 5.1 in a couple of years, at the least i would have a 2.1 system. For these receivers that support airplay, but do not have a built in wifi, i need to buy the seperate wifi module correct? They do not make that clear in the marketing material. Appreciate any advice or suggestions you may have!