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There are a few things that you can do...but first are you looking for a 5.1 or a 7.1?
I would recommend (5.1):
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 (2)
Front R and L
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 (2)
Rear R and L
Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000
Definitive Technology ProSub 800
That should be about $1400
Pioneer Elite VSX-42 Receiver
And whatever is left over would go to cabling (speaker wire and such)
That should be right at the cusp of your budget and still give them a sound that will fill up their room.
Another option (though it's not my top recommendation) is:
Definitive Technology ProCinema 600
This is a complete 5.1 system for about $800-$900 (somewhere around there)
You can pair that with the same Pioneer Elite receiver or any other around the same quality (higher end Denon, Marantz, higher end Onkyo, etc).
I recommend DefTech moreso than others because of the price point as well as their fantastic capabilities to fill a room and give a cinematic feeling. There are definitely other setups that you could choose but this is my recommendation.
Antoine Snow | System Designerasnow@magnoliaav.comhttp://www.magnoliaav.comI don't know everything...but I love what I do and am willing to learn from all of youThough I am an employee of Magnolia Audio/Video, the views and opinions I express on this forum are those of my own and not my employer