Hi everyone, first timer here!
For a family project this year, we are looking to convert our seldom used den (15' x 30') into a home theatre/entertainment area. Ideally, we would not be using the entire area and anticipate partitioning the active area to something along the lines of 15' x 16'. We are trying to stick within a budget of $4000-4500 total. So far, we have only reached a consensus on having a projector system ($1500 including accessories like the screen, the ceiling mount, etc) leaving us with $3000-3500 to spend on a 5.1 sound system & accompanying receiver. I should also mention that we are heavily leaning towards bookshelf speakers (mostly for aesthetics).
Now, my children are much more tech-savvy than myself and have been doing a lot of independent research on speakers, but to be honest, I can't differentiate between anything they tell me. My husband, on the other hand, is easily swayed by salesmen offering systems way out of our budget (+$500 is okay, but +$2000 is not).
So far, we have auditioned the Wharfendale Diamond 10.1 Series as well as a myriad of B&W speakers (600s, CM-1, CM-5) and the Paradigm Atom v5 series. I've also heard of names like Totem, Sonus Faber, Dynaudio...etc. I myself loved the B&W CM-5's, but at $1500/pair, our budget seemed challenged.
Honestly, I just want a quality system. Not too much bass and a good definition between highs/mids/low. Obviously, I think it comes down to actually sampling the sound quality, but I guess what I'm really looking for is a better baseline right now...as in why choose brand A over brand B, or even a set that would meet our needs & fall within our budget.