I've had my home entertainment and office combined in my living room for the last year, but am moving into a condo where my office will now be separate from home theater. I've been running two Polk Monitor70's for fronts, CS2 for center, and two Monitor30's for rears, with a PSW505 subwoofer. I purchased them during Newegg's after Christmas sale, so I spent a total of $637 for the 5.1 system.
I'm thinking that I'll put that setup downstairs with the home theater, and get another craigslist receiver and a 2.1 setup for music in my office. Honestly, I'm going to be pushing it with the wife spending money on MORE speakers, since she already considers the 5.1 I got last year overkill. I love good audio, but I'm no audiophile, considering the current setup sounds great to my untrained ears.
My main usage for these on my iMac is music. I work from home during the day in an otherwise empty house.
I had considered some more Monitor30's when they go on sale again ($79/pair is what I bought them at) with a PSW505 at $179, which seems to be the current going rate. That said, I don't need that much bass power, so I considered getting something like the $99 PSW10 to spend a little more on nicer bookshelf speakers.
So I suppose I'd set my max budget for bookshelf speakers at $200 for the pair. If I spend more than the $79 for the M30's, I'd like there to be a very definite difference that even an untrained ear can appreciate.
I have the latest HK Soundsticks, but they sound a bit harsh to my ears, and the bass is really lacking below a certain point. Good midbass, but no umph at all.
Thoughts? Thank you!
Edit: Also open to suggestions of a better subwoofer. For example, if for the same money there's a better option, I could put the current PSW505 on this 2.1 system and put the new one with the 5.1 setup.