I'm mostly ignorant when it comes to sound systems, and a friend suggested I come here for some advice. I was going to go with a theater-in-a-box, but he dissuaded me of that notion.
I'm currently using a sound bar that is pretty crappy (Yamaha YAS-70CU, with subwoofer). Something about it really drowns out voices when other stuff is going on, and when I try using EQ presets everything sounds horrible, like there's some fake reverb effect going on. So, I want to upgrade.
I'm thinking about just going with a 2-speaker setup for now (I don't really want to deal with running wire for rear speakers), and possibly upgrading to 5.1 or 7.1 later. I'm going to put it in my living room; layout below.
I will almost exclusively use this sound system for movies/TV -- I hardly ever listen to music (though I do occasionally throw parties and turn on some tunes).
My current plan is an Onkyo TX-NR636
receiver and a pair of Pioneer SP-FS52-LR
floor-standing speakers. The bookshelf version of those have gotten some pretty good reviews
(I'm not really sure of the difference between bookshelf and floorstanding, but it seems like floorstanding would be better?).
Does anyone have any thoughts on either of those, or better alternatives that stay within budget?