Originally Posted by chipperjatl
Is there anything I can do to make this better or cheaper? Please give me any advice you can. I have no idea what I'm doing.
I think starting with a 2.2 system will be the optimal choice. Two or three GOOD subs and a good front stage. You can always add surrounds by the pairs some other day, as long as you've got a receiver that has 7 channel outputs. I don't even think centers are necessary. In my experience good speakers give a more realistic center image than most center speakers, until you get high end.
I do think the Infinities will wipe the floor with the Fluance stuff, no questions asked.
So maybe two Infinity C336s as recommended above, and two Rythmik FV12
subwoofers. I think the end result will more than impress you. You can always upgrade it to 2.3 or 4.2 or 6.2 as time passes. Living with two good speakers for a little while will also get you learning a bit about home theater and speakers and things of that sort. After a few months of living with and tweaking the 2.2 system I'm sure you'll have a lot more perspective on what makes a system really enjoyable. You may find that stereo is all you need even for movies, and you'd be better off adding room treatments like bass traps or rear wall acoustic panels rather than just more speakers. Quality over quantity!
The room is a big part of what you hear, and until you put a pair of good speakers in the room and start toying around with it, you really have no idea what you really want out of your system. Surround effects sound cool on paper but in my experience they aren't the end-all be-all. I do think getting at least two surrounds eventually will be worth it, but what i'm saying is to start small and get the best out of that, and them work your way up.
One thing I will say is that for a lot of us here, the first setups we got were the biggest step up, but they also got us thinking that we could have done better for the money if we hadn't gone "all-in" right from the start. Myself for example, I bought a center channel to go with some excellent speakers, and the center just never sounded right and I ended up disconnecting it and it flat out sounds better that way. I'm not saying all centers sound wrong and the best can in fact slightly improve the experience, but in retrospect I might have saved myself some money with this particular purchase and that same money spent on a center might have gone towards higher end speakers like Aperion Verus Grands or something. I will say this though - if your speakers need a center to have decent imaging then the speakers you picked probably suck. Good speakers, even if you sit off axis, dissapear into the room and always have stable stereo image that doesn't beg for a center.
Finally, I think you can probably do better on a receiver. Don't spend a world but try to get something that's 4 ohm stable in the amps and with robust pre-outs.
I think this is a good choice:http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html
The receiver is going to be the heart and soul of your system so you want it to be very future ready so you're not upgrading all the time, so I realize an SR6004 is an older model in terms of features. But it has the features that MATTER - measurably good amp section, powerful preamp outs, 7 channel, DTS-MA, TrueHD, etc. It's not 3D ready but that's not relevant as good 3D Blu ray players have dual outputs - one for sound and one for video. The video processing isn't great but that's not relevant because that's not why we have receivers.
If you've got some woodworking tools/skills, also consider a pair of DIY subwoofers (and speakers while we're at it). The performance will blow you away what you pay. Like if you built a pair of Statements and four eminence MFW-15 or something :O