Thanks all for the answers, but, this one really intrigues me.
Originally Posted by AudiGregg
Why a 2.1 system and not a 5.1 or 7.1 system? They have more inputs, and can be set to stereo mode if you want, and you can find them in the $200-$300 range.
Is there a switch to set most receivers to stereo mode, or do I just hook up the 2 front speakers? Would I miss out on sounds that are supposed to be transmitted through the rear speakers if the rears are not hooked up?
This is great news, as you've pointed out there are many name brand surround systems for around $300. I would like true 5.1 surround, just not enough to route the speaker wire and mount the speakers behind the couch. I'm also not a audiophile, so a decent 2.1 system should be fine for me.