So, I just upgraded from an oldish Panasonic 42px77u plasma to a 50" ST50, and though the video quality is a big boost, the audio quality really suffers with the 1" bezel and total lack of room for anything speaker-related.
I've always wanted a decent set of stereo speakers for my home system, the problem is I live in a pretty tight NYC apartment and there has been simply no room to get a nice pair of floor standers + sub. The overall awfulness of the ST50 audio has me trying to figure out how I can get something decent going.
I don't really care for surround sound, I'm more than happy with a good set of stereo or 2.1 speakers.
Here's a shot of what I'm working with:
(high rez: http://i.imgur.com/CDlJV.jpg
Obviously, floor standing speakers are out of the question, as that standing cabinet on the right side must stay. Lateral space is pretty lackluster as well.
Is there any setup of wall mount or TV mount speakers that could give me decent quality in this room? Where should I mount? In terms of options, I could clear out space *under* the TV, or clear a unit from that right side cabinet, but not much else, and I can't imagine that hollow space will sound very good.
Vocal quality (for tv/movies) is my primary concern here, as I don't play much music in this room. I'm a bit of a bass junkie, but I'm not sure a sub is even possible to fit in here, nor do I know if I'd even want one as it'd probably disturb my downstairs neighbor (sigh). I guess I would need some sort of receiver/amp combo so I could feed the optical audio out to the speakers?
Target budget is around $500, though less would be great.