Ok, so based on all the recommendations from you all (and another forum), I think that I have my options narrowed down.
Room size is 23X20 with 8 foot ceilings
Going to be used mostly for TV/movies but also a little music. Ratio would most likely be 75% TV, 20% Movies and 5% music.
We are having built in cabinet's installed so the LCR speakers will be on some type of shelf and elimintes front towers. Not sure if I should be overly concerned about rear ports.
I am not an expert, just want a decent setup, better than a HTIB.
Total speaker budget is $1,200 for a 5.1 setup.
Option 1 - 5 Ascend 200's.
Option 2 - HSU Hybrid 2.
Option 3 - Aperion Intimus 5B fronts, 5C Center and 4BP Surrounds.
All three of these fit my budget (Aperions are open box to fit the budget). With option's 1 and 3, I am left with about $350 for a sub. Obviously no sub question in option 2.
Which of these three setups would best fit my needs. The Aperion and HSU sales guys told me not to worry about rear ports. I can have about 6 inches behind and 4 on each side of open space.
Not sure where I was supposed to post the subwoofer question. In a seperate subwoofer forum thread, I posted the following:
I understand that most of you are recommending $600+ subs for my room, specifically the HSU VTF-2 MK4, but this will blow away my $1,200 budget.
I am looking for a good sub that will fill my room, but I don't need or want something that will shake the house or knock pictures off the walls.
So I have about $400 (shipped price) to spend on a sub that will meet those needs in my room (23X20 with 8 foot ceilings).
I saw a sale at newegg for the Klipsch Reference RW-12d. It can be bought today for $300 (shipped). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078
I also am able to buy the Polk DSW PRO 550WI on Amazon for $386 shipped.
Lastly, I can buy the HSU STF-2 for $362, shipped.
2 Questions: 1) what is the best option for my system and room size from those 3 choices. 2) Is there something better suited for me in $400 or less price range?
Thanks again for all of your help!