It you can, go to stores that sell the stuff. Let the sales people hustle you. Just stay strong when the sales people put the pressure on for a quick buy.
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Neither dumb nor simple....
You can build an incredible system from 3K, if you do your research and are willing to buy used. Take advantage of https://www.safeandsoundhq.com/ and Amazon and Crutchfield’s 30-60 day trials. You best value would be around 1K for an integrated amp and $1500 for speakers which leaves 500 for the source.
Just figure out your priorities, what type of music, how much detail, bass, clarity, imaging, brightness, neutral sound you desire to accomplish and that would determine your speakers which would then narrow down you amp choices.
PS: most members here can’t suggest anything for you for 3K, they spend that much on a speaker cable upgrade 🤣 - my rig cost about 3.5K too
Also could research the many rca to wireless/bluetooth transmit/receivers for surrounds, wides, height etc. Get a nice pair of speakers that sound good to you for 2ch stereo listening. They will then be fine for fronts for the HT. Look at an onkyo or denon for the receiver. Good midfi and not break the bank. I did all klipsch 11.1 for HT I’ve had for years that was, all in, probably more than $3k, but not by much.
Here’s a complete system that’s more than adequate for your room and includes everything (except cables) for $2500. IME for HT you need a really good center speaker and subwoofer, and this nails them both along with a great supporting cast including wireless surround speakers so no messing with long cables. This will blow you away, and you’ll have $500 left over for cables although you really don’t need to spend near that much (lemme know if you want recommendations there). Hope this helps, and best of luck.
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