Just to be clear - your budget is $1200 for just speakers? Not including a receiver?
Have you listened to the pioneers? A lot of people like the Polk Monitor series ii speakers from newegg.com when they are on sale. You can hear the Polk TSi's at best buy
I'm currently unable to get out and about, but I'll hit up BB and compare the two next week. I haven't looked into Polks yet, thanks.
I DO have a set of Logitech Z5500 speakers (the preamp died) that I could throw in for surrounds for a 5.1 or 7.1 setup if you guys think it wouldn't sound like trash to mix them in for the time being.
Point noted about the BIC. Sounded too good to be true, but I've read a few posts that make it seem incredible. I like bass I can feel. I've even looked into getting tactile transducers in the future.
$800 AVR and $1200 speakers is unbalanced and you'd be overspending for electronics without noticeable benefit
Splitting hairs: It's actually $700 right now on Amazon. Plus, I'd assume the HQV Vida processor far outdoes the DCDi, which is why I picked it. I also like the programmable remote. ISF calibration is also a plus, but my TV is a Samsung D7000 PDP, so I might not need it. Is there a discernible difference in the upscalers? I'll be using it to upscale PC content, so if there's a better upscaling/processing filter set I can use on PC that doesn't require days of scripting in Avisynth I'd be interested in a link to it. My CPU is a i7 EE oc'd to 4.1, so it should be able to handle whatever.
4x Infinity Primus P163 bookshelf speakers - $340
1x Infinity Primus PC251 Center - $150
You'd recommend the Infinitys over the Pioneers?
Also, I'm wondering about towers vs bookshelves for the fronts. I've already got two pairs of speaker stands, so either is fine.
Oh, and my use will be 99% movies/games. Music isn't really important.