OK so here's the deal, i'm getting a new room in about a month and a half and my current speakers are starting to do (currently running two creative 2.1 computer speaker systems into my sound card)
Pretty much i am looking for an upgrade so here's what i want
No more than $500, but preferably under $400
Ability to be controlled from my computer as i plan on using windows media player to play my music
music is most important, may use occasionally for tv and games but mostly music
Loud!!! i'm a metalhead i want it to be clear enough but since i'm listening to mostly metal and hard rock it doesn't need to be the clearest thing ever. And also a good amount of bass.
Can be in any form floor standing, wireless, wired etc but wireless and floor standing is prefered.
So far i have been all over the place looking at stuff, mostly polk audio floor standing speakers, have no clue where to start with receivers though
also, i was also thinking about just getting a home theatre system compatible with my pc which would be easier, but would it also be better performance wise?
I don't think a home theatre system is going to deliver on heavy metal.
If I was building a new stereo system for rock I'd look for a serious amplifier not a receiver (current Marantz integrated amps come to mind but with the computer controlling things you could just buy a power amplifier).
Some large speakers -- JBL would be ideal but are expensive.
At home (and I occasionally like to blow out the cobwebs with Led Zep or The Who) I use a NAD 55w receiver, ancient and found on the street, and UK made Bowers & Wilkins DM2 speakers (also a find).
The joy of this old stuff is it's cheap or free and I think ancient Japanese electronics (like the NAD) sounds pretty good and was built to last (like 20 years, so far).