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Audophiles/Stereophiles and AVS members-alike:


I am a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and want to set up a nice -by college budget standards- home theater set-up for our living room next year. We plan on having two couches with raised/stadium seating. I have already ruled out 7.1 systems after doing research because we will most definitely not have the space necessary for the rear speakers to be behind our seating. Below I will try my best at giving the required details one would need to discern what would be the best set-up for us. In regards to how much money we are willing to spend, let's say around $500 for the speakers and $400 for the AVR. I have done some preliminary research during my study breaks from finals for potential set-ups and will mention them below. We are mainly looking for quality movie audio but will also be using the set-up to play PS3 (eventually PS4)/Xbox 360 on, as well as play music for pregaming on the weekends.


Living Room Dimensions: 17x14; Wood flooring and dry-wall.


Display: Panasonic Viera TC-P50GT30 Plasma HDTV


Speakers:


- Polk RM 510 System $275 OBO

- Polk TL2600 System $425 OBO



AVRs:


- Denon AVR 4308CI $400 OBO

- Denon AVR 2308CI $200 OBO

- Denon AVR 1312 $100 OBO

- Denon AVR 985S No price listed.


Prices are all on craigslist and I would demand to test before purchasing.


Wiring: I have not had time to do research on this, but figured this was the place to go to get guided to the right wiring.


Bass Traps? Given our intended set up, would these be worth the hassle (if done DIY) or purchase?



Thanks in advanced for any help that you guys may offer.


Sincerely,


BadgerAVS
 

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I think your on the right track. Keep scouring through craigs list for used gear. Might want to consider putting in a projector and a DIY screen up. Would have been sweet back in college to have a monsterous 140" screen for video games and football.
 

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Definitely give projection some serious thought. Big projection screens can be scavenged, fabricated, or painted for a very minimal investment, and even a new moderate priced projector (
 
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