I'll give it a try. $700. Hmmm.
The best-sounding speakers for the buck, in my experience, are made by PSB.
The PSB Image B4 ($330/pair) would be my top recommendation for the L and R speakers, and the Image C4 ($300) for the center.
You can see the specs and pictures of them on the Audio Advisor website.
Can't think of anything else for under $800 that would sound as good.
The Cambridge speakers are not bad little guys, but IMO the PSB speakers are clearly better-sounding and will do the job in your room, and they will not. The others on your list are not something you should even consider, IMO, for various reasons.
I think that the stuff you were talking about is too low-powered for your room. It would be a costly mistake to buy cheap and small and then find out that you had wasted your money on inadequate stuff and have to start over again.
I especially think you are talking about center speakers that are totally inadequate.
I could have recommended a cheaper smaller PSB center speaker, but IMO it needs to be a pretty good one to do the job in your room.
Get what you really need and do the best you can on the sub used. A better sub could always be added later, but you don't want to cheap out on the other speakers.
Originally Posted by sdavis81
No one willing to lend a few thoughts?