Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Chicagoland area
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I am currently using this 2.1 setup in my small home office/workshop:
$85 Pioneer BS-41 speaker pair (NewEgg)
$80 Pioneer SW-8 subwoofer (NewEgg)
$90 Denon AVR-1612 receiver (Best Buy clearance)
For the price, I find the setup sounds great. Particularly with the Audyssey running, because among other things, it corrected a sub phase issue that my old reliable Technics receiver couldn't handle. In my opinion, listening to music is when Audyssey particularly shines, compared to my home theater and movies, where I don't notice it as much. So if you are able to swing a receiver that has some room correction for your 2.1 setup, might be worth it.
I listen sometimes for hours on end to music while working from home, and the non-fatiguing nature of the BS-41 speakers is a plus. Consider the highs of the BICs depending on how you will use them. My SW-8 sub is smallish and relatively low powered, at least compared to the BIC F12 in my home theater. But the SW-8 works fine in the home office where I don't actually want earth shaking bass all day. So for 2.1 music, you might prefer a bit more bass accuracy rather than boom, depending on room size and listening preferences.
Not sure if the BS-41s speakers are available anymore, but the $85 I spent on the pair turned out to be one of my better purchases.