My Mother and stepfather recently Purchased a newer construction home. They are going to purchase a new flat screen in the upcoming weeks. Once they have the new TV they would like to purchase a 5.1 HT system. They have tasked me with picking it all out for them. My stepfather currently has a Bose 2.1 system that he bought quite a few years ago. He thinks that Bose is the best and I wanted to show him that Bose is not really as good as he thinks it is. He does not know much about speakers even after naming some of the more mainstream brands like Klipcsh and Polk he said he has not heard of them before. I know I cannot disappoint him or I will never hear the end of it for years to come.
I am a little newer to the HT game, so I would like some advice from anyone who has systems in this range. I read all of the time people giving recommendations on speakers they THINK will be better than another, but cannot confirm because they have not heard them. I can be just as guilty when it comes to being brand biased. That is where I am hoping you guys can help.
15x20 with 9' ceiling. One problem is there are only 3 walls. One side is 100% open to the kitchen.
No exact budget was given, but I am thinking $2k is a good range and no more than $3k for everything. The AVR will be around $600.
What I had In Mind So far
Although I have not head them, I know everyone raves about HSU subs. No matter what front and center speakers I go with I am thinking of recommending an HSU sub, so I really just need to focus on the rest of the speakers.
The only constraints they gave me is that they prefer bookshelf speakers over towers. I would guess they watch more TV than music. Additionally, one thing to mention is that my stepfather is the type that likes the finer things in life and has the money to buy nice things which is why he bought into the Bose hype, so please keep in mind that although the speakers need to sound good they have to look good too if you know what I mean (expensive). I do not think he would be happy with some generic big black box even if it sounded slightly better than say another.
Yamaha RX-V471 (AVR)
Polk Monitor 50 (fronts)
Polk CS1 (center)
Polk OWM3 (surrounds)
Polk DSW pro550wi (sub)