Originally Posted by Jeff Sweeney
Living room set up, not well versed in Atmos, etc. but looking to get most bang as possible for around $2k.
I have been reading the threads but havenâ€™t seen much with regards to building a complete system from scratch.
Living room is open concept shared with dining room and kitchen.
Appreciate any help piecing together a combo for the ages.
Well, there's a bit of a pickle right now with the virus and California companies for subwoofers like HSU, Monolith and RSL as they are all shut down.
Do you want this now during the virus, (believe me, it really is nice to have a nice 5.1 setup during these times), or are you willing to wait up to two months?
If it must be now the best sub out there is from Texas and their LV12F is $599 shipped.
A GREAT sub mind you, but a bit more money than the California options and far better than the SVS PB1000.
I'd look at Crutchfield in Virginia for a receiver as Amazon might be an iffy proposition at the moment in terms of timing and the Denon S750H with 75 watts and decent EQ is $429.
If you are willing to get a Denon Factory Refurb, the excellent Denon 2600 is more powerful with better EQ at this vendor in Florida.
The link is wrong in stating that the warranty is 3 years as the warranty for a refurbished Denon is 1 year but in my experience a receiver dies within a year or it does not.
You can buy a three year extended for another $26.
So that leaves you about $1000, which is a healthy budget, for five speakers.
I've been 5.1 since the mid eighties with zero desire to chase Atmos so I'd get the best 5.1 for now you can afford rather than chasing Atmos which requires far more money for the receiver.
For the five speakers at this point in time with the virus I'd look at Crutchfield with their fantastic return policy and stick with a VERY SAFE BET brand such as PSB.
PSB is well known and respected here on AVS and they use the latest measurement based techniques for speaker design as do other more expensive brands such as Revel.
A pair of Alpha P5s for the front left and right are $400, a pair of Alpha P3s for the rear left and right are $220, the Alpha C10 center is $350.
The excellent $10/box return policy within 60 days is hard to beat, especially at this time.