basically need either a 5.1+AVR for ~1.6k (some, but slight tolerance there) or a AVR+L/R(+?)set up for the same $.
Need some help...Current use for our main room is 90% tv/movie/vgames ~10% music. Limited space 18.75x12x7.75(H...in ft) (hopefully diagram attached); Limited Budget (~$1600 including receiver! lol) Thanks in advance, for at least the read...
I'm basically trying to pick a path here between a 5.1 system (see budget) or maybe just go stereo? I don't know...is that crazy? I know nearly nothing about the technical side of audio. I suppose I don't particularly care too much about "surround" so long as I can get a moderately immersive sound.
Would two floor speakers be ok just by themselves (obviously not ideal, esp in this pricerange) or is there some compromise to be had with a L/R/+? idk. I need some ideas.
The big caveat for my budget here is that it must be a bestbuy purchase. I have a good amount of gift cards for bby. The plus side you can haggle with them and they price match. The minus...well...i'm sure you know that one.
I went to the local Magnolia with the mindset of the Sony STRDN840 AVR & the Def Tech PC600. We demo'd the DT ProCinema600's & I wasn't thrilled with them. I'm sure the sound could be tweaked/improved in my home, however. That made me think the PC800 system would be a better fit for me vs 600 simply for a bigger/better/balanced sound...but my 5.1 doesn't need to be a PCanything, for that matter...that's just all I know for now.
So we went from a Sonystrdn840 & PC600's to demoing a Pioneer Elite VSX-43 & two Energy cf-50 floor speakers. It also didn't sound great, but certainly had more depth. Granted this wasn't a full-on sit down and get it right scenario, for either demo so i know they can sound much better...However, the cf-50's were listed $440/ea and I imagine there are much better sounding speakers out there (even after those cf-50's are properly setup) for the money...even at bby...right? Then again, I may need an additional component to that L/R so...
FWIW; i'm upgrading from a many years old Samsung 2.1 soundbar (HWC450)...so pretty much anything is going to be better; tv is 55"LED
Thanks for any help/direction on this. I'll continue to read and read and read but thought I'd get this out there too.
Most viewing is from the large couch there. The tv in the corner really bites it because it's wedged between two windows with zero room for anything. Even a 5.1 system is going to require a new stand that raises the tv higher. I managed to find a stand that did just that with a narrower (30" vs 41") base...which means floor speakers are an actual possibility vs before they were not.
Lastly (anyone still there?) we are moving in about a 1.5-2years so I'm not looking to put a ton of effort in this room.