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A quick little story. I sold my house and we are living in an apartment while we search for a new place. I sold my speaker system a few years ago - an Energy 5 HT system with Kenwood receiver (yeah a little long in the tooth). So I have been out of the loop for a while and looking for advice on eventually outfitting a full 7.1 or 7.2 system with 3D.


I would like to buy a Receiver and 2 front standing speakers for now because the TV speaker sucks and I can't hear dialogue and I'm getting itchy
. I would eventually want a full system and would like to have a complete system in mind but just buy it a piece at a time (so matching brands/speakers is important). So I need something that will be around for awhile and will be able to do Home Theater primarily but I like to listen to music when I am hosting parties.


Obviously I cant give final room size but worse case I will have this system in an Entertainment room in the basement of the new place (if it doesn't have one already) along with bar, game table, pool, etc (all the necessities) in the new place. Current apartment is a 2 bedroom condo for the winter, we should be out of here next year in a full 3+ bed/ 2+ bath home.


So let's talk Budget. I'm willing to spend more as I will be spreading out the purchases over the next year or two. Right now I need a good Receiver and a pair of speakers that will include all the main features/tech and some future-proofness. Second outputs would be nice to hook up small speakers on a patio (unless you have better advice for this).


The numbers:

Receiver - approx. $1000-1500

Speakers - Front, floor standing. approx. $500-$800 a piece

Future Subs - $500-1000 per

Future wall/surround speakers and Center - same as above speakers

So total looking around $2000- $3100 to start and no more than $10k when I'm finished. I would like to keep it around $6k total but I am willing to bring it up a few notches if its worth it to do more. I just don't want to spend needlessly.


Any questions, comments and advice are welcome. Thanks for your assistance.
 

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A quick little story. I sold my house and we are living in an apartment while we search for a new place. I sold my speaker system a few years ago - an Energy 5 HT system with Kenwood receiver (yeah a little long in the tooth). So I have been out of the loop for a while and looking for advice on eventually outfitting a full 7.1 or 7.2 system with 3D.


I would like to buy a Receiver and 2 front standing speakers for now because the TV speaker sucks and I can't hear dialogue and I'm getting itchy
. I would eventually want a full system and would like to have a complete system in mind but just buy it a piece at a time (so matching brands/speakers is important). So I need something that will be around for awhile and will be able to do Home Theater primarily but I like to listen to music when I am hosting parties.


Obviously I cant give final room size but worse case I will have this system in an Entertainment room in the basement of the new place (if it doesn't have one already) along with bar, game table, pool, etc (all the necessities) in the new place. Current apartment is a 2 bedroom condo for the winter, we should be out of here next year in a full 3+ bed/ 2+ bath home.


So let's talk Budget. I'm willing to spend more as I will be spreading out the purchases over the next year or two. Right now I need a good Receiver and a pair of speakers that will include all the main features/tech and some future-proofness. Second outputs would be nice to hook up small speakers on a patio (unless you have better advice for this).


The numbers:

Receiver - approx. $1000-1500

Speakers - Front, floor standing. approx. $500-$800 a piece

Future Subs - $500-1000 per

Future wall/surround speakers and Center - same as above speakers

So total looking around $2000- $3100 to start and no more than $10k when I'm finished. I would like to keep it around $6k total but I am willing to bring it up a few notches if its worth it to do more. I just don't want to spend needlessly.


Any questions, comments and advice are welcome. Thanks for your assistance.

As Always listen to the big boys in the audio industry and decide for yourself.

I would start with Onkyo or maybe even this guy from NAD T757 Surround sound receiver Seems to have all of what you need. 2 zones at in the 1500$ mark. It also has a MDC slot for future upgrades. For speakers I always recommend, PAradigm , PSB Speakers , Axiom , among others. They all give great bang for the buck. But as always Listen Listen listen for yourself.
 
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