I've been going around in circles with my research, so I thought I'd try asking. I'm looking to get a decent set of speakers for an upstairs crappy home theater space I'm building. I figure it will be about 50% movies, 25% TV, and 25% Video games. It's an odd space with sloping ceilings, but it is out of the way enough to use as dedicated space.
Currently I'm using the built in speakers in my Vizio - which are pretty terrible. Now that I'm going to actually use the room, I'm going to get real speakers. I've pretty much narrowed my research down to the Polk R150 and the HSU HB-1 MK2 (or basically, the best speakers I can find for 100$ vs the best at $300). I have a few questions:
1) Will I see a ton of difference in spending the extra 200$ on the HSUs? I realize that I am comparing two different tiers of speakers and that you get what you pay for, I just wanted to know how much of a jump there was. I will admit I'm a cheapskate, and getting away with spending only 100$ sounds nice.
2) Will the HSU speakers sound bad if I don't get the matching sub? I know HSU is a sub designer first, and that they are made to work together, but how bad would it be to hold off on the sub?
3) If I do need a sub, would it hurt to mix and match brands, or should I match them up because they are designed for each other?
The equipment is
A 42 inch Vizio LCD
Oppo BDP 93
Nuforce Icon amp (18 watt integrated stereo amp)
(looking at this list, I guess I like small American home theater companies that provide good value. Does that point me toward the HSU?