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.
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.
You can setup a really nice 5.1 system without having to run cables to the rear speakers from your receiver. Check out THIS LINK.
As for a receiver I like the new Onkyo’s with Dirac room correction and my second choice would be a Marantz at a discount at accessories4less.com. Anthem is very good but might be above your budget.
As for a source Sony makes great blueray players.
I'm brand new to this sub and have some extremely dumb questions (I'm talking i was about to buy jbl 9.1 soundbar for 1500 before i found this sub lol). ive tried to answer my own questions by digging around the sub but honestly am still a bit lost:
thanks in advance.
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Under the carpet or in the walls for speaker wires.
A good sounding budget system around $3,000 - $5,000, Mid-range system from $5K to $10K, high end $10 - $20K or much higher. A system anyone would be really incredibly rewarding $10K - $15K.
I would recommend a separate surround processor, amp, and speaker set. Then when you want to upgrade you can do one at a time. I’m thinking $2K, $1K, and $1K Look at Rotel, and NAD.
I have developed my home theater starting about 30 years ago. Continually improving and upgrading. I would get a large LCD screen, they are incredibly cost effective. Worth the research and effort to put into place and upgrade over time. Stay away from “popular” home theater mags that advertise the ultimate HT for a couple grand. It will not happen.