Hi. In your budget I would look to 2.0 for the time being, but with a 7.1 receiver for future upgrades.I want to buy a system for my apt,it`s 24' long 12' wide with 8' ceiling...It is a living room kitchen combo....Carpeting in living room part linoleum in kitchen...HDTV is in the end wall living room facing the kitchen side opposite wall is cupboards,sink and fridge...I want to buy used around $500 to $600...Thanks for your time
I just want to add...I want good sound for TV(movies),gaming and music...All which I spend time equally
I would probably begin with this receiver:
and mate it to these speakers:
I think this will impress you.
You can always add a subwoofer to the mix in the future, along with 2 to four surround channels, and perhaps a center to top it off.