Budget Home Theatre Setup - Need Advice
I have been a lurker for quite some time and doing some research and not that the time has come to actually get a setup, I have realized that I am completely lost/confused with where I should start. So here I am, looking for some guidance.
I currently have a Bose Soundbar that I originally got back when I lived in a Condo. It served my needs back then but now I am looking to upgrade and get serious with audio in my home. In the past I have had 7.1 Onkyo setup that I enjoyed but not that much. There was a lot of bass and volume but nothing else. Vocals seemed to be very weak and I felt like it lacked in the upper end.
So here is the situation.
My budget is about 700 CAD. My room is around 8 feet wide and 15 feet long. 9ft ceilings and one side opens up to the dining and kitchen, so basically no wall on one side of the room. I cant keep floor standing speakers because with the size of the tv and there being a door on the other wall, its just not possible (My wife would also hate me if I got something that massive). I would like to keep the setup simple and not make my room look like a studio with massive speakers. The main use of this system is for Movies and some TV shows. We watch around 3 movies every week.
I started my quest looking at HTIB's but with a lack of options and people generally saying that the HTIB are not usually worth the money, I quickly veered off. I am now considering if I should just get some mid level bookshelf speakers with a receiver for now and slowly work my way up with time.
Here are some of my options.
Option 1 - Pick up an HTIB from Onkyo (5.1.2) for about 700 CAD used and call it day.
Option 2 - Get the Klipsch Reference 5.1 and a receiver (which one?) but this would be a stretch at around $1,000 for the setup. Also I am a little worried about this as people say that they are very sharp sounding and wont work well for the TV dramas that my wife watches a lot of on the weekends.
Option 3 - Get the Fluance Signature 5.0 system for $720, get a used decent receiver and wait a few months till I can afford the Fluance subwoofer. The setup will be around a $1,000 without the subwoofer. (Again a bit of a stretch but I would try to get this if its worth it or move on to option 4)
Option 4 - Pick up a 1 pair of bookshelf speakers (ELAC Debut 6.2 OR Fluance Signature 2 way with a 10" sub OR Paradigm Monitor SE Atom) and a receiver for about 600 - 700 CAD in total and slowly build up from here.
I would appreciate any insight or recommendations from you guys here. Any receiver recommendations are also appreciated. I don't need any fancy features. Would just like to connect a blu ray player and ARC from my TV. I don't listen to music at home either.
Thank you to everyone posting up their deals. I hope I can also help out in the future.