Re: First EVER!!! surround sound system.....what do I need?
I guess you already have 2 speakers and you want to had those from the attic as surround speaker. That's a good cheap start.
Buy a used 5.1 receiver, no central speaker ( switch to none) and enjoy.
If you don't have a dvd player, you'll need one. ( Blue Ray latter)
When finance permit, you'll upgrade to something else.