Sorry, another building on a budget thread
I've been looking here a long time, never had to ask a question though. Long story short: got divorced, gave up a lot of my stuff just to get it over with (worth it, btw) I'm here a year later rebuilding in my new place. Was gifted a Vizio 65" 1080p which is fine for now, need sound. Living room is 17d x 28w x 8h left & vaulted to 11h right. The viewing area is 18' wide. MLP is center of tv 12' away. Pretty sure I'm set on something like a Denon AVR-S730 for 5.1 with the option of adding Atmos height/ceiling bounce in the near future. Completely open to other AVR suggestions in that price range. I can make a wire go anywhere I've ever wanted but just not worth it here for in-ceiling, there's no access & I'm burnt out on modding this house. My hangup is speakers. I have an older sony 12" powered sub that sounds ok but I'm getting lost in the research & reviews on the other speakers. I'm considering the following :
Dayton AIRs or MK series
Pioneer 52 series
Polk T series
There seems to be enough crappy reviews on each of these to make me wonder. A lot of reviews say "there are better for less" but they often don't say names/models. I don't mind modding, I'm an avionics technician by trade & built/repaired a ton of tube guitar amps, I'm not scared to dig in & make them better but I don't have that kind of test equipment, just O-scope & multimeter. Need suggestions on the above or similar. I'll probably add a dayton or BIC 12" sub to whatever I get.
-Let's say around $400 without sub
-want near movie theater loudness
-90% movies/tv/games 10% music
-I have no idea if I need bookshelves or towers for mains
-I feel like I want dipole/bipole surrounds due to room layout but not sure if it's worth it for the budget
-i intend to play with cheapie up firing speakers to see if Atmos is worth it
-I want once & done, please no recs to go 2.1 & save up. It's ok if not perfect, just want the best this budget can get me.
Sorry for long-windedness. Tried to capture all necessary details to get help. I never ask for help but this isn't my area of expertise. I research the hell out of everything, it led to a mental shutdown in this case. Please help.