I'm not speaker expert, but I was in the same spot a few years back looking for a system for $1,000 - $2,000.
I searched everywhere for someone to suggest a setup, and you got a lot of pointing to other forums, and people's individual reviews of their own product.
I think what many newbies would like is 3 different packages A, B, and C that would be a good setup. Maybe one for each brand with a ballpark price.
Then a newbie can go and grab a set of polk speakers and an Onkyo or Marantz receiver as a HTIB system they made themselves.
I'm not recommending this setup, but for starters I was happy with it.
I got a Onkyo 605 for about $300 - $400 for a receiver.
Then I got a sub and speakers from HSU research. They had a couple different packages. I got a package of nice small speakers (which was important in that room at the time) and a sub for about $500.
I'm pretty sure it's better than most bose systems.