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If I were in that situation I would get four of the NHT Super-Zero 2.0 speakers, which are very good and only $99 each at Audio Advisor (9 x 5.5 x 5 inches) and the Velodyne Wi connect 10 subwoofer, which can be wirelessly located anywhere in the room, for $399. Those are good little speakers; don't know of anything as good in that size.
I don't know if you really want or need a center speaker, but NHT makes the NHT Absolute Center for $299, which is compact. Personally, I would just go with the front, rear, and sub and forget using a center speaker, but if a center is your preference you could either get the NHT Center or just try the CC-170 with the NHT speakers for a while and see how that works, and then decide. The CC-170 may work fine.
You really DO want to get a better subwoofer immediately; the one you have is VERY limited in both LF range and sound output and quality. Even the Sony SA-W3000, which you can get on Amazon for $130, is a MUCH better one than what you have (over twice the cone area and twice the amplifier power; 10 times as much bass)! The Sony would be a good choice if you don't want to spend the money for the Velodyne right now.
Since ANY speaker small enough to fit your space is going to give very little output below 90 HZ, the subwoofer is really going to be critical to getting decent overall sound, so the one you have is NOT going to be adequate!
Audio Advisor gives you 30 days to return anything for a full refund, no tax and no shipping charge; you do pay return shipping on returns.
P.S.- That's a nice receiver; hang on to that one!
I had the same 5.1 audio system since 13 years and I like it even today (Paradigm Mini Monitors, Atoms, CC-170, PDR-8, Marantz-5001). We moved to a differnt house and all my problems started. The layout of the family room forced the 65" TV to a corner of the room because of the fireplace and cabinets. The place to put speakers on either side of the TV is pretty small (7" wide x 9" high x 9" deep). Adding to that pain, wife wants to do interior design.
I am looking to replace all my HT audio components starting with speakers. The speakers need to be small so that they fit on either side of the TV. I strongly prefer neutral and clean sound with a nice soundstage.