there’s nothing perfect in this world. even if one have a substantial budget that allows one to throw in and get an immediate HT system setup, one day, this one individual will face palm oneself when come across another setup that may be cheaper, cost on par, or little expensive as own “one time throw in, shotgun setup”, performs a step or few steps higher than own setup in sight and sound quality.
in this hobby, it’s about contend… feel comfortable even if the gear chosen is not uber flashy to bring envious eyes but meets own requirement.
do it slowly, thru studying the potentials of the specs and combinations to build up the product.
my first “HT” setup was a 20inch TOSHIBA CRT TV with a mono VCR and a minicompo aka boombox with detachable speakers roughly 40yrs ago… way before Dolby Pro-Logic becomes a mainstream format to chase about after i finished my NS.
in this ERA, my suggestion to any noobs who come to me for advice, i would suggest to them, “any HT is not a HT without the basic foundation of visual display”. deal with display first, with consideration of sitting distance to achieve angle of panoramic view, to determine what size of display to decide on and… comfortable.
next, will be source. be it the apps in the TV or media player that connects externally that u’ll trust in delivering qualities on sight and sound.
lastly would be sound. though we may be living in object driven directional surround sound formats such as Atmos, DTS-X as well as Auros… if one lives in a small and tight apartment, one would not be able to have a proper moderate setup, with an AVR, plus 5 channel ear level speakers, minimum 1 subwoofer and 2 over the head speakers arrangement. a simple soundbar with virtualization is good enough to polish the sound from the TV. a soundbar with multichannel separation is good to give some enhancement over virtualization. lastly, for those hungry with more oomph from the impacts and bass from full separate setup, an AVR with multi-channel satellite speakers and a dedicated sub will be a standard requirement. then, polish ur way up, to full blown speakers setup on size, as well as AVR sound processing capability.
during such long process, something will often pop up in sight and sound development that may cause a distraction and put one into a u-turn. however when u’re making that u-turn to restart the trip, ask urself, “does it worth that mileage?”
be contend in some way, that u’ve reached the milestone in this hobby, look out for another milestone, not forgetting how much fuel u can buy with the disposable monies u have in ur wallet/savings to reach the next milestone.