I am moving into a new place (pictured below) in a few weeks and am trying to get everything now before I move since I have the time. I am renting the place and it is wired for a home theater, but for a few reasons I am leaning towards just the two speakers and a subwoofer. I'm not a big movie watcher and when I do I'm usually doing something else at the same time, it'll probably be a split between music and cable TV. I also may only be here for a year, so I don't want to get something that is just a fit for this place but instead a setup that is more flexible.
I got a Pioneer VSX-521-K from a buddy that's in good condition and since the remote is missing bought a refurbished Harmony Logitech 650 remote from newegg.com.
For the speakers, I'm budgeting ~$300. And will be using it mainly for TV and music when working on the computer or entertaining guests.
I was about to purchase the Polk PSW10 sub, but after reading reviews on here decided not to. I do want something ~$100 and that will fit in the bottom space below the TV stand (guessing around 13 inches tall). I understand with those limitations, I won't be getting the greatest quality. After seeing the BIC F12 highly regarded on many posts I looked into it, but it's too big for that spot and probably more than what I'm wanting to spend. I then I saw the BIC V-80 and am leaning towards that.
For the tower speakers, I was looking at the Polk Monitor series. Yesterday the Monitor50's were on sale for $75 and I would probably have bought them by now if they were still at that price.
For my first foray into more than just the TV speakers I'm not wanting to get anything too complex, so I can figure out what I want and can more easily upgrade to something I know I'll want. That said, I would like what I choose to be something I'll be pleased with for at least a few years.
Any suggestions or comments would be great - I've already learned a lot so far just going back through old posts.