Title roughly says it all folks.
I'm in the market for a home theater system, and I really have no idea what to get. I did go to Best Buy and their Magnolia section and looked around at some of their stuff. Needless to say, it's all very overwhelming (both in terms of what's out there, and the price tags on some of these things).
I want to stay away from a HTiaB. First off, I won't be able to do this purchase in one shot. I'd like to eventually get a 5.1 setup (7.1 would be nice, but my room is a living room, so it's not quite laid out to have a 7 speaker setup AND have foot traffic). More than likely for now, my initial purchase would be a receiver and two speakers. Possibly a 3rd center speaker depending on price.
So here we go:
Receiver: I was looking at a Pioneer Elite VSX-70. It seemed to have all I need to operate now, with enough room for me to grow into should I desire to. I figure, if anything, this would be a solid foundation.
The initial purchase for sure would be two speakers. Not sure which way to go here. Floor Speakers seem to be a good choice (and due to the layout of my room, they would fit nicely around my entertainment center). I have no opinion on brands (other than I know Bose is way overpriced). If there are better options than floor speakers, I am more than open to it.
Now, depending on cost, I might be able to swing a center speaker. The center speaker would have to go into an entertainment center. Again, nothing specific in mind here.
As for what I want it for: I game, watch movies and listen to a lot of music. I have gotten far pickier about audio quality. I tend to always rip my music at as high a quality as I can, and I tend to enjoy bands that release a lot of their stuff in high quality 5.1 mixes (Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Anathema...if you know any of these bands, you know what direction I'm talking about).
I'm not necessarily looking for that "getting blown away" by the enormous sound feeling like in the Maxell commercial, but I do want high quality. I recently bought a pair of Sennheiser 380 headphones, and the difference in having them on vs standard headphones was mindblowing (especially listening to Steven Wilson's albums). I'd like to have the same feeling/experience with a home system. I'd like to have warmth and hear nuances for music, and still be able to enjoy big action sequences in blockbuster movies, if that makes sense. I guess the best way to sum me up is that I don't/can't get ultra high end, but I certainly don't want to get low end stuff just to have something. So perhaps mid to upper mid might work (of course again, that'll depend on what that's considered).
As for budget...as low as possible for the highest quality lol. I know that's a bit of an oxymoron. I don't want/need (or can afford) a $5K setup. Breaking up the system purchase for sure at least helps, I'd assume (and I don't think there's any real need/rush to buy all your components at the same time). I can get the receiver on Amazon (or priced matched through Best Buy) for $600. I'd like to keep the total purchase for now to $1000, if possible. Again, I don't know how realistic that is, but given that outside of the receiver, I really don't know what I'm purchasing, it's a bit difficult to judge what I'm jumping in to.
The other question I have is: Am I buying at the wrong time of the year? Given that it's almost October, should I just wait until Black Friday/Holiday season to try and get better deals? Or is the type of equipment I'm looking for not really something that you get THAT much better deals on. I'm also of course dealing with the "OH GOD I REALLY WANT TO BUY THIS" feelings, which certainly don't help.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks again!