Having browsed through the suggested solution topics and could not find a match to my situation so I'm starting this thread. I have a 7.1 system with 4 speakers in the ceiling and my existing center chanel plus left and right front in a alcove with the Samsung 75 8 series (the Samsung "Smart Hub" in only used for connections). Subwoofer is located left front at floor level. Front left and right are Bose 301's and the center channel is a Yahama NS-C310. All the speakers are cabled back to a "media closet" and are connected to a Pioneer VSX-1131 receiver which takes inputs from the DVR/Satellite (DirecTV) and DVD player. The Pioneer is hooked up to the Samsung through an HDMI connection. Internet and LAN connections are also in the "media closet". All of this is controlled by a Logitech Harmony Hub which feeds IR to the closet and the Samsung. The final wrinkle is there are two ceiling speakers in the kitchen which is open to and just off the "great room" where all of the above performs.
My wife heard the ST300 at Fry's a few months ago and of course wanted one to replace our existing center channel unit. After some limited noodling and research, it looked like I would have to run stuff through the Samsung TV and that's when my eyes started to glaze over. (Getting the Samsung set up seemed to take a deep dive into the black arts by the Samsung help desk!) I would much prefer to let the Pioneer drive or at least control the audio side of things.
I guess my question is where is the best place to start to get an assessment on this "project" without spending days holding for a support tech? Should I start with Bose Tech Support or maybe the Geek Squad?
Thanks for any and all pointers.