As you may or may not know, I'm currently in Afghanistan. I've been saving up for my new apartment for my return to fabulous Las Vegas, and I'm stuck on one thing: getting a new "theater system."
A bit about my potential setup, mostly regarding the components that it needs to provide for. First, I'm purchasing an iMac 27", which I'm definitely using Toslink to connect to any component. I'll have at least two current gen consoles, and possibly a second Mac (MBP) to take up the slack as a part time media computer. Of course, there will be the HD DVR/Cable receiver. Other than that, I'm really up in the air about it. I don't take having expandability as a necessity, but it would be nice to have.
I have a soft budget of $500 USD, with a lot of wiggle room, especially if the product is so good or highly recommended that I can't pass up the opportunity. I would say that my hard limit is absolutely $1000.
I'm not really interested too much in HTIB systems, but I'm not completely averse to them. The way I'm used to handling audio in the past is to simply jury-rig a HTIB receiver, either into other speakers, or into some monitors.
My current idea is that I have a pair of decent monitors feeding sound for all the components, since 5.1 is lost on me; this is mostly because I haven't found a system that handles it with multiple components very well, nor have I seen one handle stereo content without a ton of fiddling, and considering the amount of times I would change sources in a given day, this is truly irritating to have to handle all the time.
Bass isn't high priority at the moment, since I have to deal with neighbors and the like. I'm looking to fill the space of a living room with clear sound, with mostly Blu-Ray to DVD quality movies and 320kbps or higher music. My music is pretty broad ranged, but mostly rock, pop, minimalist electronic, and some orchestra.
I'm fairly easy to please as long as the sound fills the space without becoming boomy. I'm shooting for clarity as top priority, but fullness is a must as well, which I know can be a bit of a challenge to balance on a tight budget.
You people are the only ones I can trust so far, when it comes to sound, so I appreciate any help I can get.