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  1. Hello, I am new but am really glad I found you guys. I am currently doing a major renovation so have started to investigate a home audio setup. Firstly I really have no history of good audio systems. I listen to quite a bit of music but have never really experienced an excellent setup. We watch TV and the odd movie but its not a regular occurance. The requirements I have are to setup the main living room and also to have some ceiling speakers in the dining room so we can listen to music when having dinner. In the main living room a TV with BluRay player. We are not all that fussed with surround sound however if we could get that without too much effort and still get good quality audio for music from it then I would be happy to go there. The biggest requirement however is that the speakers need to look nice and stylish. My wife is never going to go for some big ugly black or wood things that take up half the room. Its not a home theatre and is the main living space so they have to be good looking and as unobtrusive as possible. So initially (when I had no idea) I went to Bose. I love their little white cube speakers in the corner of the ceiling and would have been pretty happy with those from their looks. Then I found this site and spoke to a few people who have had their systems before and realised they are crap and overpriced. Then I went ot B&O. Wow! I checked out the Beolab 6000's and generally loved the look and the sound. However it seems you are pretty restricted as you seem to be pretty locked into their system. Also you're looking at $10K as a good starting point. My budget is probably more like $5k. Next (after looking around here) I went to Carlton Audio (In Melb) and looked around there. Really I only liked the look of the Monitor Audio R225/250s. These are white or black and look pretty unoffensive. They can be wall mounted on the side of the TV and away you go. So we could get three of these and two ceiling speakers at the rear, a subwoofer and a 5.1 reciever. That would set me back about $5k. So my questions are: 1. Does anybody have any opinion on the R225/250 setup given our requirements? 2. Any other suggestions? 3. Should I go with a surround system or focus on the audio (2/3 channel) given I would listen to music more than watch movies? 4. Given our requirements what kind of reciever should I go with. Really the specs mean nothing to me so really I don't know the difference between a $1000 one and a $2000 one. Our main living room will be 5m X 6m. Any other advise is welcome! Thanks guys.
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