I've finally gotten the blessing to start a surround sound system setup in our basement, many years coming. I'm definitely a novice when it comes to all this, so bear with me a bit. I've been a lurker on the forums for a while, but speakers/AVR come and go so quick, I'm not sure what way to go. For a lot of this, I rely on reviews and the community on AVS since my options to 'hear setups' in the real world are limited to the likes of Best Buy and American.
I have a $1,500 budget, but could expand that up to $2,000.
Initially, looking for a simple 2.1 with the purchase of a receiver. Maybe I would add a center channel in the near future especially if I'm in the lower end of my budget. I also plan on purchasing a rear pair and possible second sub. Maybe I'd get to 7.2, but that's not my desire at this point. This would ONLY occur when we move (which may happen in the next couple years). I don't want to customize my setup for my current home, but make sure it has the power for a larger space in the future.
To start, the room I'm dealing with is oddly shaped, dropped ~9ft ceilings and poured concrete walls (made to look like bricks). Per the drawing, the green boxed area is laminate flooring. It has our exercise equipment/kid play area. The rest of the basement is carpeted. The TV resides on the south end, couch on the north end (approx 9ft viewing distance), another couch along the laminate flooring to the left and a chair on the right. The entertainment center houses a 54" Panny Plasma. I have a slight concern that a receiver may not fit well as the cubbys are a bit short, but I won't limit my options there.
The equipment I have: HTPC, PS3, XBOX 360, DVR, Apple TV (the only 3 that stay connected are DVR, PS3 and HTPC)
Years ago, I had my ideas of going with Paradigm Monitor 9 Towers - I'd probably be patient for a set on craigslist or something as I've seen used pairs go for $800, then I wanted to go with an Epik Legend at $500, but can't get those anymore and would have to find a used one too. I really am at a loss for a receiver other than probably making sure it had 7.2, not sure on what bells and whistles are good to have.
This would pretty much be exclusive for HT, not saying I wouldn't listen to music but I wouldn't cater to it.
Whatever I decide, I would like it to last a while. It was hard enough to let my wife let me spend some money on it
Any thoughts or suggestions?