Originally Posted by wolfereeno
I'm not too worried about timbre matching with the speakers.
Unfortunately none of my existing equipment has center or rear outputs. The TV is a pio kuro monitor and just has lr front outputs.
What about your DVD player? If it has analog outs, then you can use those.
Your "dilemma" reminds me of a similar situation I was in once. Probably around 15 years ago I had a JVC CD changer/receiver combo. This was before DVDs, 5.1, and HTiB. The combo actually had Dolby Pro-logic and had channels for the surrounds, but strangely did not provide power for them. So basically I had to find a pair of speakers with its own amp to use as surrounds. What I settled with was these cheap Bose sub/sat knock-off PC speakers that cost less than $50. At the time, they were amazing as PC speakers, providing real volume and bass when most other PC speakers were tiny AM sounding atrocities that could barely outperform laptop speakers. You were lucky if they required a power source which meant they were slightly better, but not much. As "real" speakers, though, they were total crap. Anyway, I bought a pair of these and hooked them up to my JVC receiver as the surrounds.
It was great as it gave me "surround" for both listening to CDs and also watching TV as I had that hooked up as well. The only problem was that these Bose knockoffs were even worse than these JVC CD changer/receiver combo speakers, which surprisingly weren't too bad for a smaller space and had great bass for it's size. Even as surrounds, the timbre mismatch was completely noticeable. Later on, when DVDs rolled around, I hooked them up directly into the DVD player to the surround outputs. That way, they were totally discrete surround speakers and not matrixed when it was playing through my JVC receiver using Dolby Pro-logic. I remember one scene watching "Being John Malkovich" where they were inside his head and you could hear his voice as coming from the rear speakers. I remember clearly because the timbre mismatch was so disconcerting, and it was the first time I realized how important timbre matching was.
Anyway, it was a fun way to get "surround" back then, even it was a bit of a ghetto set-up. I think in your situation, I would recommend doing something similar, thought probably with nicer, more expensive PC speakers, which abound a plenty these days. Make sure they have their own power source, and probably volume control if you need to hook it up directly to the DVD player.
I would forget the center and just use a "phantom" center though. You'd get much better results using your nice stereo speakers to do center duties than buying a cheap center speaker. That way, you avoid timbre mismatch where it matters most, and you'll save $$$ to boot.