Thanks for your responses/ questions. To begin with, I intend to use this in my living room which is 12 ft x 18 ft and opens into the kitchen and a formal dining room which extend roughly 12 ft further (partitioned by a 2 ft wall). I would like to use this system for movies an music. The music is really varied (from Rock- Dream Theater, Pink Floyd to Santana to Indian music).
I intend to gradually set up a good Home Theater in the basement in 2-3 yrs, hence was looking for a good receiver to begin with (The basement is L- shaped 12ft x 10 ft and 10ft x 8ft). So,the Paradigm salesman did not sell me the Pioneer vsx 52, but neither have I done too much research on the other receivers.
To begin with, my budget was $1000- $1500. I wanted a quality budget HT system to begin with and Energy Take Classic 5.1 caught my attention solely on the reviews on Amazon till I auditioned the Paradigms today for about an hour with various kinds of music and a movie (The Paradigm Cinema CT70 + Pioneer VSX 52 is being offered at $1330) and I liked them to be honest. If I pair the Energy with Pioneer vsx 1221 (which many say is almost the same as VSX 52), I get it for under $1000. So, if any of you have had a chance to hear both these, which one sounds better?
On the other hand as some people here have suggested, I am open to building a good system over time by starting with a decent/ good receiver with two towers (budget $1500- $1700). I guess, I will have to forgo the sub-woofer at the beginning.
I have tried to give you as much information as possible. I would appreciate any advice that would help me in the long run.
Please let me know if you have any questions that can help you to suggest me alternatives.