The Take Classic is a fine system if your room is small enough, for example a sealed
room around 175sqft (13x13ish). But I wouldn't pay a dime over $400 shipped and I wouldn't buy one for a larger room.
As you were warned starting with a 2.1 or 3.1 system and adding the surrounds later is usually the smartest move because the quality of the mains and the subwoofer will make or break the system however I'll toss out a couple of 5.1 options.Option 1
3x Infinity Primus
P162 or P163 bookshelves (minor cosmetic differences) as the front left, center, and right (LCR); 2x P152 or P153 bookshelves as surrounds; and a decent $200 subwoofer. That should come in at roughly $600 shipped for a system that will spank the Take Classics.Option 2
The above system but with 2x
P162/P163, a PC251 center
, 2x P152/P153 and a $200 subwoofer should be prettier due to the more streamlined center but will take you roughly $100 over budget. However you may be able to find the center used and save that $100.Subwoofers
I'm not an expert on $200 subwoofers but you may want to investigate and get opinions on Bic's F12
which is on sale at Amazon. I'm not endorsing it, just putting it forth as a budget priced candidate for you to investigate.Upgrades
It's a good idea to have a plan. In this case the above speakers are plenty good enough for a medium sized room however if you move to larger quarters you can always add a pair of P362/P363 towers and go 7.1 or 7.2. And maybe down the road you could upgrade to a premium subwoofer like a Hsu Research, Outlaw Audio, SVSound, or Elemental designs but that can wait for now.