Building a 2.1 system for my living room.
The living room is about 18x12x8 and the main sofa is about 10' back from a 50" plasma. Off to the side will be a smaller love seat, but that's mainly for company.
We bought really nice living room furniture, so we want to keep the setup clean and minimal looking. The main use is going to be for everyday TV shows, some movies, and gaming on PS3. I'm willing to skip on a sub, and use that money towards better speakers if I can it be somewhat comparable. A lot of times I unplug my current sub-woofer because it's just a muddy, boomy mess. Then again I'm using a $300 HTiB, so that's probably the reason. I'd like to stay around $600 for the speakers and receiver. If it's in my best interest for a sub, then I'll bump my budget to about $800. But I don't want to go right to $799.99 if I don't have to.
I really like what I'm reading on the BIC DV64s, and at $125 each, they seem right in my budget. Let's say I add their 8" or 10" subwoofer and now I'm at about $375 shipped. Maybe grab a factory refurbished receiver for $200 and call it a day? IDK that's why I'm asking you guys.
I'm also seeing a lot of recommendations for Polk Monitors. Their floor speakers run roughly the same as the DV64s on New Egg, but their Monitor40's can be had for $100 a pair. Still favoring the BICs though.
Maybe in the future I'll upgrade to 5.1, but that's not on the table right now. I'm going to see how I enjoy 2.1 first.