"OR would I be better off with a pair of solid floor standers like:
$400 - Definitive Technology BP8B"
hate to break this to you but $400 is for 1 speaker not the pair for there cheapest floor standing speaker
I would go with
for 700$ a receiver and 2 bookshelves speakers and spend 800$ later on for floor standing speakers.. and movie the books shelves to the back.
300$ for receiver
200$ for bookshelves speakers
300$ for sub
next year 600-800$ for floor standing speakers
200$ for center
don't forget you will be getting some tax money back or at least you hope you don't have to pay
I would but more money into the receiver if you had more money
these could work for fronts for the time being with out bass I plane on getting these for my self soon
200$ book shelves
I cant vouch for any thing as in brand as I do not own what i listed but plane on buying from the site i listed when i get my taxes back
im going level 3 floor speakers level 3 center and level 2 books shelves...I hope i get 1200$ back from taxes lol
I forgot to say i check out both energy and def at my local best buy again the def book shelves prices are for one speaker...in which i was sad as they sound good but i only had 300$ to spend on book shelves to give my father for Christmas. I got energy cb10 and hook him up next year with a set of cb-5 since they are small and good for rears and the center cc10 as well for the center.
energy sounded good but not as great when the center was going same with the def,,, i turned of the center and bass and rears to hear just the fronts....they are clear sounding but not as laud as it is with a center for both def and energy