Some questions about A/V stuff (home theater) Answered
Hope I got the right place for this. I figured that there's someone in this community who can help me.
My A/V receiver is about to give up the ghost. A number of channels no longer work, and the sound is pretty fuzzy. I know I need to replace it.
I've always been terrible with A/V stuff. I'm not sure what direction to go as far as replacing it goes. Here's my issue: The room I have the receiver in is small, so I don't need a lot of oomph. I also don't have a way to run wires to rear speakers without people tripping over them. I've gone without rear sound for a long time now. I've never seen a set of wireless speakers that are reliable, so that seems like a poor option.
I can't really do a "home theater in a box" setup, because they don't have enough inputs to add all of my stuff. The things that currently run through the receiver are my computer (which runs our TV through a tuner card), a wii, an xbox 360, and a dvd player. None of them are HDMI. I use RCA cables for everything.
The other thing that looked interesting is a sound bar, as they can apparently replicate surround sound without the rear speakers, but they seem to have the same problem that the "theater in a box" packages have.
I don't know anything about receivers. For example, I don't know if it makes sense to use a 5.1 receiver if I'm only running R, L, and Center speakers from it.
Anyway... I'm not looking for brands or models necessarily, but rather, setup suggestions. What kinds of things should I be looking into? I can't be the only person with this kind of problem.
Any advice that some of you A/V gurus can offer would be greatly appreciated! The cheaper the better, here... as I don't use it all that much. :)