I've decided to take the plunge and join the home theater club. I'm going to start with a 3.0 system and build from there. My speakers of choice are going to be a pair of TSi500's to be supported by a CS20 center channel. Driving these speakers will be an Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2 A/V receiver. I chose this receiver because I'm opting for the Samsung PN50C8000 3D Plasma (and 3D Blu Ray player) and I wanted to be able to take advantage of a complete HDMI 1.4 system when content to use that is available. Protecting all of this will be a Panamax M5100-PM power management center.
OK, here are my questions:
1) What gauge wire is best with these speakers? Can I use banana clips?
2) Will my choice of receiver provide enough power to listen comfortably in an apartment with a listening room that is approximately 12'x18'?
3) The TSi500's are not shielded from what I can tell. Is this an issue or can I skirt a potential one by keeping them a certain distance away from the rest of the setup? All equipment will be sitting on an open stand with glass shelves though the TV will be on a floater arm.
I appreciate any and all responses offered. Any general thoughts about this composition of HT elements would be welcome as well. It will also be listened to for general music as well though not in a critical manner. My current "home theater" consists of an eight-year old JVC 32" CRT set...so maybe I'll notice a difference? :D