I'm slowly upgrading my ancient equipment. First came the Panasonic BMP BD60 Blu-ray player, then the Samsung LN40B650 TV. I got an HP E-140f computer with an i5 processor, 1TB memory and 8 GB RAM to stream Hulu and Crunchyroll (anime).
Since my last TV was a tube TV, now I need a sound system, something I've never had before. I'm not into gaming, and base vibrations give me terrible migraines, although I LOVE music and agree that music doesn't sound right if you can't hear the deep notes-I just have trouble with the vibrations. However, I seriously want a 7.1 surround sound system.
So. The choices are overwhelming. The room I live in (an apartment; I have neighbors I don't want to bother) is not only small-12x14 feet-all the walls have bookcases lining them, as my room is a combination bedroom/library/den. So my room is, in effect, actually a few feet smaller.
I've been doing some research online. Acoustics-wise, the bookcases may actually improve the acoustics, as I have the books pushed back to make room along the front for various resin/plastic figurines, which ought to act to reduce echoes, is that right?
Also, my room has wall-to-wall carpeting, a twin bed, a small Laziboy recliner (cloth-covered, not leather, if that makes a difference) and a flat-topped particle-board computer table with 23" flat-screen monitor. There are two windows (one opposite the door, the other on the wall between that window and the door-wall), covered with heavy lined drapes that do not reach the floor (the bottom 2 1/2 feet are bare wall, to allow for fresh air due to severe allergies).
The effect of all this wall-covering stuff and furniture is that you notice an immediate sound-muffling quality when you step through the doorway, which is a plus in my book since it means it acts as a buffer between me and my apartment neighbors.
I want a 7.1 surround sound, which I think will work as the seating is approximately in the center of the room.
I have no experience and not much inclination to fiddle with wiring, so I was thinking of going with a Home Theaters in a Box, HTiB, if I can get something of decent quality. Since it's a small room, with (I think) good acoustics(?) I won't need an extravagant system, right? Also, I'm paranoid about reliability.
So how should this affect my choice of home theater components? Any words of advice will be welcome!