I'm looking to upgrade to a new 5.1 ht setup. Hopefully I'm not getting ahead of myself here, but I should be moving into a new place in the next couple months. The Condo I'm looking to get has a 14X10 Dining room that leads to a sunken family room with an approximate size of 17X12. I have an older Kenwood 7.1 receiver not hooked up that I could start with. Currently I'm looking to upgrade to the Denon 2112CI. The speakers I'm using at the moment are Harmon Kardon HKB 4 for front and surrounds, an Harmon Kardon HKC for the center and a Pioneer, think it was HTiB sub. I'm looking to spend under $1500. I have been following a few of the threads here and came up with a few selections based on my readings.
1.HSU Enthusiast 2 (I know they are good for subs, but haven't seen too much on their speakers)
2.Ascend - 4 CBM-170 SE's, CMT- 340C, and either the HSU STF-2 or Outlaw LFM-1 +. I realize that is the lower end HSU.
3.Ascend - 2 CMT-340 SE's, 2 CBM-170SE's, CMT-340C and the HSU STF-2.
4.Boston Acoustics - 2 VS 260's, the VS 325C, Energy CB-10's and the HSU STF-2.
5.Energy - CB-20's, CB-10's, CC-10 and the Outlaw LFM-1 + (my budget friendly package)
The problem with the Boston Acoustics from what I can tell is, there isn't a 30 day home trial period. Also where I'm living at now would be a much smaller room to test for any of those systems. I have gone to the Magnolia store to hear the selection they have. I really liked the Energy CB-10's they had playing to Live Free Or Die Hard. The energy CB-20's and CB-10's are on sale at best buy til the 28th for $250 and $150, so I'm trying to figure out before then if I should purchase them or not. This setup will be mostly for movies/games/tv.