This is a whole new world for me so if my philosophy in buying speakers is completely out of whack, I'm fine with making adjustments, I just need some guidance.
Originally Posted by GIEGAR
@nyc eng , with a budget of $500 for 5 speakers and a sub, I suggest you are unlikely to get a paricularly satisfying level of audio performance. Also, although it's a good unit, you have overspent on the Yamaha RX-A730
in comparison to your speaker budget. For a balanced HT audio spend, a general guideline would be to spend around 20-25% of the budget on electronics, with the balance split fairly evenly between speakers and sub(s).
All is not lost! There are strategies to address this if you're interested. The first is an increased budget (naturally), possibly through holding off and saving up some more. The second is an adjunct and that is to build your setup over time as funds become available. The idea is that you don't need
to go straight to a 5.1 setup and spread your budget thin. Instead, spend it on a higher quality 2.1 system initially and build your system over time. In 12 to 18 months you'll end up with a far more satisfying surround sound setup.
A quality bookshelf/sub combo will keep you satisfied for months until you've saved for the next speaker purchase. The idea is to pick a "family" of speakers you like and just purchase say the mid-sized bookshelf of the range to use as mains. Later, the matching centre channel speaker can be added. In the meantime, your AVR can be configured to redirect the centre channel signal to the mains and you get a "phantom" centre effect. The next move is the surround speakers. Here you have the option of getting larger bookshelves or floorstanding towers for the mains and re-purposing your bookshelves to surround duty or simply buying matching surround speakers.
I have to dash off now, so I have to cut this short of some recommendations at the moment. If you're interested in pursuing this idea, I'll return with some recommendations for expandable 2.1 setups.