I have a Denon 4806. Way much overkill, but hey, I'm an audio wannabe for 45 years.
Thed sweet spot 2807 as c/net calls it would do just fine, leavng money for the all important choice of speakers. They are the most personal part of the A/V rig. Surely Aperion must be good to get the rave reviews. But, don't jump into a pig in a poke without investing some serious listening time auditioning available speakers in your price range.
Would that hold your enthusiam back? Maybe. But you owe it to yourself to intelligently select the speakers most desirable to you. If successful, you will not have the urge to replace them for many years. Components depreciate like gangbusters. TV technology is still moving fast, as is their price curves to become more affordable.
You might consider speakers expensive until put in perspective of outlasting say four TVs for instance.You may an enthuiast who really wants 7.1. I prefer a room which still is normal room, not a dedicated home theater. In any event 5.1 suffices in all the the largest of spaces, though home thearter guys want all the extra surround channels.
The Aperions do have the 30 in home trial feature as do some others who sell direct. Klipsch surely has made some of the classiest speakers over the years. Fine, absoluteiy. I'd say 50 brand names in speakers are in the really fine area. Before you jump, you really do need to learn so as not to jump too fast. Your ears are amateur but deserve some training by simply taking along a couple od CDs you are very familiar with & love. Make sure one of them is heavy on vocals as the human voice isn't extreme high or low but subtle & not that easy to reproduce.
Do not audition more than three a day, confusion is all too easy. Vary volume some but don't just blast away. You will soon get the hang of what's called listening fatigue. That probably comes from some poorer attribute of the speaker that was thin in some part of the range, harsh or strained, has boomy bass, & the list goes on.
Any decent large enough not to choke the signal speaker wire works fine. Do not under any circumstance let anyone try to tell you you need some high end premium speaker wire, especially if it's called Monster Cable. OK, yes. Not nearly the best by exacting high end testing & very high profit margin! Fat profit is why they push it.
I've rea dmany an online speaker review. The hoidy-toidy reviewer spend pages sayhing pretty much of nothing. It's just opinion. Above the threshold of more than minimal it's all about opinion. Yours can work as well as some "expert."
Find some good speaker resources & invest some time. I recommend at least some of that listening be at a well experienced independent audio dealer. They are already survivoras of the big boxes draining away much foot traffic. No guarantees, but many a good, quite good. A guy like my local favorites will save you confusion, time & maybe money. He'll tell you what not to be concerned about. 3isten to everything he says about his better quality speakers than you typically find aroung the big boxes.
From an old timer, hope you take this to heart. Take some time & effort & buy right for you, not for anyone else. They're not going to pay for it are they? Please post back with a progress report.
I come to this forum often to see which product suggestions you guys come up with. I need your opinions and expertise. I never heard of Aperion before until CNET who gave rave reviews of a speaker package they carry. I went to their site and the reviews posted say the same, that they are excellent speakers. The best you can buy for that price.
I happened upon a site that talk about the Klipsch RF-7 as some of the best spakers you can buy.
Does anyone know firsthand what the best is. I keep hearing that you must audition and see what sounds best to you but I don't have a trained ear for that sort of thing so I would not be able to distinguish whether I'm getting ripped off or not.
I really don't want to spend more than $3000 for speakers right now.
I also want to use these speakers mainly for movies, video games, and music. I'd prefer to have 7.1 running. As far as a receiver, I will purchasing the Denon AVR4306.
Let me know what you think...
P.S. Thoughts on speaker wire would help also (Straight wire???)