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I have a Logitech 5.1 surround sound system that I bought for ~$100 about a year and a half ago, and I'm thinking it is time to upgrade to something much much better due to the muddy sound of these Logitechs. Please tell me your opinions on this setup: (Please, be honest, but remember I want to keep this below $1000 total for now so please don't suggest buying a $2000 receiver or $1200 floorstanding speakers, etc). I'm just going for something that will sound good, but it doesn't have to be super audiophile quality.
I am going to use only 2 speakers for now, but I want the option to scale up, hence the 7.1 receiver. I also want to be able to use my headphones through the headphone out jack on the receiver.

Subwoofer: http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1349923896&sr=8-3&keywords=polk+subwoofer[1]
Front Speakers: http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi200-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0018QRO9A/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349923930&sr=1-2&keywords=polk+bookshelf[2]
Receiver: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZP72MU/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=01CMD2K61R8QC339NF2Q&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846

That subwoofer is huge for the size of the room it will be in (12x14), but I want the option to move it to a much larger room when I move. I also realize that Sony isn't exactly what you'd call 'audiophile' gear, but again, the $1000 total I can spend is limiting my choices here.
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Denon is a reasonable reciever. You can probably do better than buying from EE through amazon, by directly calling and speaking to a customer service rep at EE for the best price. I got about 25% of my 3311ci that way. If you want to go Polk, the RTi series is better than the TSI and not much more. I'd recommend searching the speaker forum for possbile bookshelf speakers. I currently have Paradigm Studio 10s, which I love, but would blow your budget. The paradigm mini monitor and atom are cheaper and have technology that trickles down from the studio series. You surely can find a better sub than the polk.

Not sure of you interests. Music, Movies, both, games? I went the route of forgoing sub, surrounds, etc and concentrated on the best I wanted to spend at the time for 2 channels only. I'd give some thought into the reciever, 2 really good speakers and adding on from there later. In fact I found I was satisfied with two channels but have since upgraded to floor standers and will stay two channel only.
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Mostly music and video games. For movies, I typically use my headphones (Sony MDR-V6 or Sennheiser HD595) because I like the way headphones sound in movies more. What kind of sub would you recommend instead of that Polk? I, too, plan on saying 2 (2.1, probably) for the time being.
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Mostly music and video games. For movies, I typically use my headphones (Sony MDR-V6 or Sennheiser HD595) because I like the way headphones sound in movies more. What kind of sub would you recommend instead of that Polk? I, too, plan on saying 2 (2.1, probably) for the time being.

My thought was to consider 2.0 and buying the best speakers you can (undrestanding you'll need the matching center and surrounds later). That and the reciever may not make a decent sub possible right away. Maybe defer that. But go listen to some good bookshelfs yourself and see what floats your boat.

If you look into the paradigm monitors the have avline of monitor subs as well
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The room these speakers are going into is my computer room, which is around 12' x 14', so not big. That sub might be overkill for the time being. I decided to go with the RTi line of Polk speakers, though. They are not that much more and have better specs.
Does Best Buy with their Magnolia department have this kind of stuff? I bet they have the Denon receiver, but something tells me they do not have the Polk speakers.
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That's a good choice. I'd go for the RTi A3, which has a little bigger woofer (6.5) and claims a -3db point of 40 hz, so it digs down pretty deep. That has a standard MSRP of 399. That and your reciever for 300 will leave you 300 margin to save for a better sub.

Didn't see it at best buy magnolia. However, they did have the B&W 685 and 686. They are more expensive than the polk and here again, I"d go for the larger of the two the 685 B. Unfortunately they are 649 a pair. so that and your reciver will chew up all your 1000. Only you can decide if from listening if its worth it. Based on your iniitial post the RTi A3 may suffice.

The one thing I like about both these bookshelfs is they are front ported making placement an easier task.
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fwiw, pair of energy rc-10's ( $220 vanns)

denon avr 1712 ($250 accessories4less)

outlaw lfm-1 plus ($550)

i'm so laid back,i'm laid out
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fwiw, pair of energy rc-10's ( $220 vanns)
denon avr 1712 ($250 accessories4less)
outlaw lfm-1 plus ($550)

I had forgotten about the Energy bookshelves, not a bad choice either. The one down side is rear ported so they need to be away from the wall a foot or so. Limits placement options.
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