Hello everyone first time post.
So I just bought a new Samsung 7150 LED TV (Same thing as the 7100).
I have an HTPC hence the want to use LED TV over Plasma (I sometime leave the desktop up).
Anyway so I have a decent sound card the brand new Sound Blast Z series (the good one not the cruddy Recon series).http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-Z-PCIe-Sound/M/B009ISU33E.htm
Anyway so the TV as all built in audio is terrible and on this particular unit its hard to even understand speech. I am a bit of a headphone audiophile I have all sorts of different heads phones and audio equipment but I have never done a home theater set up.
I use a HD homerun prime for TV and use netflix/amazon for movies and such.
Generally I use the optical out on my sound card.
So I need some advice.
Do I need to buy an AV receiver with a HTPC? - I don't have to many
Should I just use an amp? Do I even need an amp even and should just spend money on a better receiver with more amperage?
Speakers - I am on a budget here and want to spend no more than a $1000 on speakers. However over time I could always add I guess...
AV/Amp - I would like to stay under $500.
A few particulars about the room. It is a good size room, far longer than it is wide. I am seated about 10-12 feet from the TV. It has high ceilings 13 feet high or so.
You can add me on Skype if you would like to chat! Psylacus