Home theater setup recommendations?


My daughter, married, middle aged, has asked me to help them set up a decent home theater/listening room in their new home. I've been an audiophile since the 70's......before I even heard the term, so I'm a pretty competent 2 channel guy and I understand room acoustics............That said, I never really ventured into HT. I simply went with my 2 channel rig and was perfectly happy with things that way.....still am.

I guess my questions are..........How  important is multi-channel for movies vs audio.............dumb question, I'm sure, but it's not my area, so I'm asking...............and any recommendations for a decent, not UBER, sound system primarily for movies. They're willing to spend some money to get a nice setup, but not the kind of coin that many here likely would. I'm thinking used gear, speakers, subs, receiver or amps. Something that will sound good, but not require a second mortgage..................These folks think that hanging 4 inch Bose speakers in the corners of the room with a micro, wanna-be sub is good sound..............I want to "enlighten" them..........thanks
shadowcat2016

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I have ventured into these murky waters and...

For decent HT sound, a 5.1 channel/speaker system is minimum. You can climb to 11.2.4 or more.

Good amps like the 9.2 capable Yamaha 3070 or similar are a great and economical way to go. (I have only moved on from a 3030 to a full Anthem ARC60, M525 x 2,+ M325 for 13 discrete channels). Speakers like the B&W 703 are great for dual purpose stereo and HT. I have only used Miller&Kreisel (M&K original Satellite/Volkswoofer, full set of 950 series and now full set of 300 series) speakers for HT so do not have experience in others, aside from reading about the wider range in A/V mags.


You can make a big impression with an economical 5.1 system.

Yamaha 30#0 amp, MK950 5.1, Oppo 95/105. Great sound. All 2nd hand or runout models. $3k?
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