$600 total for 5.1 speakers PLUS the receiver? 200 sq. ft with the room open to another is a little big for the Take Classic
and especially for the sub that comes with it. If you desire the small speakers of the Take Classic
, at least get a better sub.
For $399 from Vann's you can get the Take Classic
5-speaker pack with a larger 10" ESW-C10 sub:http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search
Or you can just get the 5-speaker pack for $199 and a different sub (like the BIC F12) for the $150-200 range.
If that's really all you can spend TOTAL for the receiver + 5.1 speakers, I would highly suggest you shop the used market for a nice digital receiver in the $150 range that is a few years old and doesn't have HDMI. You simply can't get a NEW budget HDMI receiver for under $300... you would get better bang for the buck grabbing a nicer non-HDMI unit from a few years ago that somebody is selling for an upgrade.
If you can stretch to $700, you can spend $300 on the receiver (Denon 1610/590 or Onkyo 507) and then $400 on speakers + sub, which would be more viable.
One compromise option is the Denon 1609 for $199 shipped from Vann's:http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search
It does not do HDMI audio but it does at least have Audyssey MultEQ with Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. Combine that with the Take Classic
5 speakers pack + ESW-C10 sub and you are right at $600 total shipped from Vann's.
If you CAN fit slightly larger speakers, I would highly recommend getting the larger Energy
C-50 five speaker package for an extra 50 bucks ($250 shipped from WWStereo):http://www.wwstereo.com/default.aspx..._84__0_0_0_-1/
Combine that with the tSC ASW-10 subwoofer (almost the same as the Energy
ESW-10) for $150 shipped:http://www.thespeakercompany.com/ASW...er-P62C17.aspx
And that's the same price for $400 shipped for the 5.1 speakers (C-50 five pack for $250 + ASW-10 sub for $150).