Originally Posted by dirk1843
Not alot of info to work with there............as far as room characteristics, your wants and needs in system, your personal preferences, future upgradabilty, what you might have that you can use for now, etc......also no metion if audio only or audio/video, but I will assume audio only (and surround) since it is in the surround area.
If that is the case, and no video, I really think you will be better for the foreseable future going with a 2 channel set up. SACD and DVD-A are slowly (and sadly) dying. There is no other "real" surround on the horizon. Yes talk of it with the new DVD formats, but nothing solid that I know of.
Regardless...........choose your speakers wisely. They will have more affect on your system than anything else. I would choose large full range speakers all around....be it 2 channel or surround.
With all that said..............1500 isn't much to build a whole system. I would start with a very good pair of speakers and lower end AVR, or even a 2 channel reciever. This is something you can build on later.
Post back with some more info and you will bet more and better responses.
No offense, but I disagree.
One does not need mega-bucks to build a sound system, not even
Pick a receiver that fits what you will want to do. (most important)
Make sure it has the inputs/decoders you will need;
e.g. 6 analog inputs for your universal player for SACD/DVDA
DD/DTS decoders, enough digital inputs for all your devices; TV,Satellite, etc.
Get enough power per channel for the room; don't worry about overkill.
Pick the components you need right now (CD/Universal player /DVD/turntable)
Pick the speakers you can afford based on your needs with what you have left.
You can ask the "boss" for new speakers on your birthday, but if you don't have
all the stuff you need to play the sounds now, well, go figure.
If, however, it must sound the very best, right now, then by all means go with
my friends suggestion in the previous post and get the good speakers now!