We currently have an Onkyo 605 A/V receiver with some crappy 4 year old LG HTIB speakers hooked up to it. We got the Onkyo about 2 years ago after a power outage caused the cheap LG receiver to die. We're in the midst of converting the spare bedroom into a backup entertainment area to get all the gaming stuff out of the way. The plan is to move the LGs into that room, pick up a cheap receiver for those, and upgrade the living room.
Neither of us are fans of subwoofers so we'd rather have a 5.0 system for the time being and eventually get 2 more speakers when we buy a house with more space. Maybe one day actually invest in a subwoofer.
This is what I'm currently thinking of:
Speakers: Energy 5 Speaker Home Theater System from wwstereo that contains (2) C-300, (2) C-50, and (1) C-C50 or buying seperately from Audio Advisors as they carry the cherry C-300 and C-C50 which I prefer over the black. Both end up around $400 with free shipping and no tax.
Receiver: Marantz SR3001 from accessories4less. Again, this will go with the LGs so we're not looking for much though if anyone has a suggestion for anything comparably priced but with HDMI that'd be great. I wanted to go with the SR5002 but was shot down on that price.
I really like the B&W 686 sound but was unfortunately told my allowed budget would be about half what they cost for a front pair. I've looked at my local craigslist (Albany, NY) but haven't seen anything there.
I'm open to suggestions but really can't go much more than the $600 total I'm currently looking at.