Hello all --
I've been lurking for awhile now, but I finally joined up to request some advice for a new setup. Thanks in advance for the assistance - I'm not completely unfamiliar with home audio, but I definitely have a lot to learn.
I'm looking to put together a AV setup for my new apartment, and I'm trying to balance a number of different issues. The room itself is quite large (at least by apartment standards): about 15' x 15' with very high (20') ceilings. However, despite the large room volume and obvious need for some serious air movement, I'm not looking to blast a system at high volume - I've got neighbors above, below and to either side, so I'll have very little opportunity to crank things up past a comfortable listening volume.
The system will be connected to a TV and home theater PC for movies and such, but generally I'm more of a music listener and would like to prioritize that in choosing components. I primarily listen to all sorts of rock and jazz. Though I've had a 5.1 setup in the past, a surround setup is not really a necessity here.
Though relatively uninformed, I'm envisioning a 2.0 setup with a decent set of floorstanding towers. Hook these up to a midrange AV receiver for possible future upgrades to surround. I figure this could give me a good, full-range sound for music without a booming sub to upset the neighbors. I know it won't be ideal for movies, but hopefully it will be good enough. Would anyone recommend a different plan?
As an audio novice, I wonder about how the large size and high ceilings of the room will impact my speaker choice, particularly if I don't plan on listening at very high volumes. I'd like good sound, but don't want to have to have to blast things to get it.
I'm budgeting anywhere from $600 - $1000 for a pair of towers. I know this is somewhat limiting, but I would definitely appreciate any recommendations.