Originally Posted by Molitro
Just what I've picked up generally speaking taking into account the most important part would be the focus on music.
I mostly agree with what you're saying in terms of priority, side/rear speakers being clearly the least important, although as I said the music is the main part.
In terms of AVR there's no importance at all on the V part of it. It's a computer run system, the video side is done by the PC. Same thing could be true about the audio for that matter if it was a better way to go about it.
I'm in Spain, so I can pretty much buy in any european shop. I'm also not closed to buying used, but the main "problem" right now is basically me not knowing much at all about specifics in terms of models and brands, so I've pretty much all the work ahead of me to actually decide what to buy (hence the asking for help
I can't read! Missed the focus on music. I still think that unless you have some crazy inefficient speakers the amp is pretty much not going to change much (unless you are going from a really anemic amp to something that can actually power the speakers).
Not sure where you can go to look for used equipment (something akin to craigslist/kijiji), but an older receiver with analogue inputs is what I would look for IF (big if) you cannot use your Z5500's sub to test things. From what I can tell, the speakers are plugged into the sub directly (which means you can upgrade little-by-little: L+R -> center -> receiver -> sub -> satellites). An HDMI receiver will force you to have a 'ghost' display if you do not have any intention of having it output to a display (HDMI cannot send audio without sending video, so you cannot disable the display in windows).
For your L+R, I haven't seen much I like at prices that make sense to me (probably too used to the options we have here), but I like what Tiihokatti suggested: https://www.soundimports.eu/en/b652-air.html
I have used Dayton speakers before and they are nice for the price
Also, (these are a little on the small side) seem to have great reviews/aren't too expensive and you can get a matching center/another pair for rears later down the line. https://www.amazon.es/Mission-LX-2-B...ay&sr=8-3&th=1
For music/the time being, your current sub (assuming it isn't blown) and satellites should be fine depending on how big your room is (if you want to 'try' the speakers before committing to something).
I really have no idea where to look for speakers in Europe. I just hopped on AVForums and looked at their reviews for stuff.
If you want to get the LCR first, the missions are ~180 euro and the center is ~130. That leaves you with 290 to find a used AVR (an AVR is cheaper than just buying a 'nice' speaker amp)/save up for a better sub. Personally if you do want a sub, I would save up for a more substantial unit than anything in your current price range. I cannot imagine anything sub 300 euro being that
much better than the one included with your Z5500. I have owned a lot of subs (budget/mid range assembled subs; medium-high DIY subs), and short of finding something like the on a good sale/getting a nice used sub, most budget subs are not great for movies and are pretty close to each other for music [well content that bottoms out around 30/40hz; stuff like bassotronics that dips in the the teens/single digits will not sound good].
With music being the main focus, I would buy the LR speakers first; see how they sound with your current "amp" (connect them to the Z5500). I highly doubt you can find an AVR that powers them less than what the Z5500 will, so if they sound good there, they should hooked up to almost anything. If you find they sound good, try to find a matching center (doesn't have to match exactly, but you will want it to be pretty close spec wise [sensitivity and frequency]). With the front three out of the way, I would definitely reuse your current satellites and save up for a better sub if your current one does not sound good for movies. Otherwise, I would just pocket the money for other things.
FWIW, I like bookshelves with a sub more than I like towers. If you get a sub to go with the towers, you probably could have just spent more money on better (different) bookshelves in the first place (if you have a sub, $200 spent on bookshelves can get you better speakers than $200 spent on towers [from the same manufacturer]).
Other brands to look for: Canton, Mission, Q Acoustics, Acoustic Energy, KEF, Wharfedale