So, if you agree these would be a great starter set I would like a receiver recommendation from accessories4less.com or somewhere with nice prices or refurb units. I would also like a good recommendation on a starter low budget powered subwoofer.
What is your budget for all this? I would pair the energy speakers with the Denon 1612 from www.accessories4less.com It is a good entry-level receiver and comes with Audyssey MultEQ for good room calibration. Depending on your budget, take a look at subs from Dayton, BIC, or Polk.
Ok great, now I'm thinking about the Polk Audio PSW10 subwoofer, the Take Classic 5.0 speakers and the Denon 1612 all for about 430 bucks. I've never heard any of these types of systems unfortunately. Will all this setup together really outperform one of the HTIB's like the Onkyo 5400?