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Help me spend $4,000

Hello everyone, I’m trying to set up a 5.1 setup, possibly a 5.2.2 down the road. Room dimensions are 18ftx23ft with vaulted ceilings from 8-12ft. Living room is closed off with 5.5 feet behind my couch, leading towards a small hallway. It’s a wide room with TV being in the center on the long wall and viewing distance is about 9.5 feet away from my PX75. Usage will be 100% movies.

Stuff I’m looking at:
Receiver: Denon 1500 or 3500.

LCR options:
1) Kef LS50x3
2) Kef LS50 w/ Q650
3) Kef Q550 w/ Q250/650
4) Kef LS50W with a regular LS50 as a center.
Would I need an amplifier to drive the LS to make them “sound” better or would the receiver be good enough?

Surrounds: Kef Q150/350, Kef egg, E301?

Sub: SVS PB12 NSD, HSU VTF2, Rythmik LV12F. Looking to start off with one sub and see how it plays out unless you guys recommend 2 subs right off the bat.

I see that the Infinity Reference series is on sale and I would be able to grab a decent 5.1 system along with 2 good subs, all for under $2k. Should I just got this route and call it a day? Is this a good enough option for a living room setup that won’t need to be “upgraded” later on?

Side notes: WAF plays a huge part in this and really likes the looks of the LS50s but we are open up to recommendations for speakers, subs and receivers. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!
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You have a fairly large room with a lot of space to fill.
I think the avr will have a hard time filling all that space.
I'd spend more on the avr and not worry at this time about adding an amplifier. If you're going that route I'd rather have separates if going that route.
You'll find $4k doesn't go far for quality in a larger room.

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You have a fairly large room with a lot of space to fill.
I think the avr will have a hard time filling all that space.
I'd spend more on the avr and not worry at this time about adding an amplifier. If you're going that route I'd rather have separates if going that route.
You'll find $4k doesn't go far for quality in a larger room.
Thanks for the response. What avr would you recommend for this space? Or do you suggest going separates? What about subs? I also don’t mind piece mealing if I have to.
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A Denon x3500 or x3600 would be a good starting point.
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A Denon x3500 or x3600 would be a good starting point.
Will a 3400 be ok as well? Or possibly a 4300?
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Will a 3400 be ok as well? Or possibly a 4300?
Up to you and your needs/budget. The 4300 would be nice, as well as 4400. Not sure I would go lower than a 3500 though.
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