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Yes! Here, i'll make a question list.
1. What's the exact model of your TV?
2. Can you take pictures of your apartment so I can get a general idea of the space you are trying to fill with sound (Optional)
3. What other devices do you have that use HDMI or audio/video inputs (list)
4. Are you willing to do some DIY ideas (You will save a lot of money and it will all sound AMAZING!)
5. Do you like bass?
Having the option of being able to play it loud is always a nice feature. Let's say in 5 years you move into your own house, you will have a system that will have the ability to make the house rock. When buying a receiver you want to look at the wattage per channel if it's under 50w you are going to want to move on, that is not enough for bookshelf speakers. You want to make sure it's true 5.1 - 7.1 surround sound (That can be checked by the inputs in the back).
My experience with Yamaha is burned wires, they don't shield the signal channels to the best standards. Without shields you are running a inferno, luckily I was able to pull it out before damage was done to my subwoofers.

Hey,

Thanks again for your help!

Here are the answers to your questions:

1. Samsung 46" Class (45.9" Diag.) 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV UN46D7000LF
2. I'll try and get pictures later, but it's a pretty small apartment. I also plan on getting a different TV stand and a larger couch in the future.
3. Currently it's just the TV. I plan on getting a couple of consoles in the next 3 years or so, so that will add 2 more.
4. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous with the DIY stuff. Even when building the computer, I just did all the research and then had my friend help me build it.
5. I do enjoy bass smile.gif. Although I want it to be controllable so as not to overpower the other frequencies (or piss off the neighbors)
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ok, for best bang for your buck you need to maybe look more at DIY solution if you have the tools.

If you dont have the tools, you would be better with going internet direct.

I have some speakers from SVS(www.svsound.com) and am happy with them. I want better but they are really good for what I paid. There is also HSU Research, and some others.

in the DIY group, this is a good option for smaller bookshelf speakers.

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/speaker-kits/mtg-kit.html

There are alot more options for DIY stuff as well that can be found online.

For a receiver I would go with a onkyo as I have said in other threads, I dont think they can be beat for the price point. I have a yamaha RX-V863 and seriously think the Onkyo that my father-in-law has is FAR superior to it.

I would also look more at going with a 2.1 setup first before jumping to 5.1.....or even look at some good quality monitors and go 2.0 first.

You can get some used floorstanding speakers/monitors used for pretty good price that will beat alot of these small bookshelves that you can get at Best Buy.

www.avsforum.com and www.diyaudio.com is full of useful information.

Also, I dont think future proof exists when it comes to audio receivers like you might hope. 4k is on the horizon and there are always new features coming out. The best way to be "future proof" is to get the best speakers you can and then just upgrade the "brain" aka receiver only. The only other thing to be "future proof" is to make sure your receiver that you get has pre-outs to hook up external amplifiers if you ever feel like you are going to need it.

Keep in mind that most receivers watt rating that they give is usually for only 2 channels driven. Not all 5 or 7. So preouts is something that you should really look into...but those receivers cost more.

Also note that if you get good amps you shouldnt HAVE to get new ones, just repair the ones you have.

http://www.emotiva.com/

emotiva makes internet direct preamps/amps and speakers but I dont know if that is a direction you want to go due to it getting increasingly expensive but they do offer the highest value amps I have seen.
Edited by madbrayniak - 11/20/12 at 3:18pm
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