A little background on the issue:
I recently bought a home and restored it. The family room is compact (4m wide x 4.5 m long or13.12 ft wide x 14.76 ft long), but size wise it suits me just fine.
I had already built an HTPC for my entertainment purposes, have a 42 Sony Bravia LCD TV and a Criterion Magnolia 1500 cabinet to house everything.
Now I am looking at audio for this set up, but I don't know much about it.
As a house warming present I was given a Yamaha RX-V371 AV receiver. I have read some very good reviews about it, so I was pretty wrapped to get it.
The problem is that I don't know what speakers to buy that are compatible with this receiver.
I was looking around online and saw two kinds of speakers that also have good reviews that were in an agreeable price range. One was the Sony SS-F6000, the other the Sony SS-F5000. I also liked that they had an inbuilt subwoofer.
There is also another set called a Sony Speakers Completer pack that has 2 smaller speakers and a centre speaker (SS-CR3000) that I was considering that you can add on for full surround.
I did try and seek some local advice at a hifi specialist shop. I explained to the guy my set up and he torpedoed both options. Then he tried to steer me towards a far more expensive set of JBL speakers. I had the feeling he was on commission.
Given my set up, room size, and desire to get the best value for money I can, are these Sony products a good choice for my Yamaha amp?
Any help most appreciated.