I have been lurking on these forums for some time and am now ready to make my first purchase and was hoping to get some thoughts and advice on my potential setup.
My overall room is around 28x11 though the TV area though the TV/living room area is around 13x11 in one corner with large floor to ceiling glass windows while the rest is an open kitchen layout. My primary use of this system is going to be 80/20 HT/music. I plan to start with a 3.1 system. Atmos or any height speakers or 5 or 7 channel surround are at least 3+ years away for me and are not significant considerations at this stage for me. My total budget is around $3500 including the receiver.
I plan to mostly watch TV/movies through an Apple TV 4k and don't plan any other video inputs and stream music via my iOS devices (currently Spotify but maybe Tidal HQ in the future).
Here is what I am thinking:
Marantz 6013 A/V receiver
Martin Logan motion 40 L/R
Martin Logan motion 30 center
I'm open to the subs but debating between ML 1000W and SVS PB/SB 1000 or 2000 though space in my apt is definitely a premium so size is an important factor. My sub will also need to be wireless.
I am able to find a reasonably attractive offer on the ML motion 40s at an authorized dealer in the $1350-$1500 range (compared to the $2000/pair list price) and the ML 30 centers around $500. The Marantz receiver runs for around $900 leaving around $600+/- for the subs.
Would a power amp like the Emotiva A-150 or A-300 help my system tremendously?
What else should I be thinking about in my setup? Are there other configurations that I should be exploring?
Not my own experience, but Emotiva gear is said to do a nice job for small money. If I had to go the same route as you, I would take this consideration, I think.