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Sounds like you are close to my neck of the woods if you are in Arkansas?
The Yamaha YSP-1000 is by far the best speaker of this type out there. I carry both the Polk Audio and the Yamaha and 100% of the people choose the YSP Series over the Polk in sound quality. However, it's more expensive than the Polk, so that ends up being a factor for most. I have sold A LOT of these and it really can be a nice sounding and finished look (both brands).
Your HTB won't power in-wall or standalone speakers very well at all as it's made to power very efficient and often smallish types of speakers. It just won't do your new speakers justice.
I would do the Yamaha YSP-1000 or 800 and add a new Yamaha surround receiver. You can easily do this for $1500 if you went the YSP-800 plus a Yamaha receiver. The YSP-1000 would require some more $$$.
In-wall speakers can be quite good and sound better than on-wall speakers. Installation adds to the cost, but for sound quality a decent in-wall will better on-wall speakers.
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