I've been lurking on and off these boards for the last couple of days trying to get a handle on a direction to go but haven't come up with anything but a headache. There are just so many choices to choose from. I currently have an old JBL Northridge 5.1 surround setup that iv'e been using for the last 12 years. The sub went out about 8 or 9 years ago (replaced by a 12" powered advent - ASW1200). The rcvr I have is an Onkyo TX SR605 - which has been sketchy at times, but has worked well overall. They're currently in a room that's 20' L X 14' wide that's used everyday. Gaming, movies, etc.. but primarily it's used for viewing regular HD TV Broadcasts.
We're in the middle of remodeling the living room and although these speakers have been good, they're just too big and bulky. I have a 52" LED tv over the fireplace, the two front speakers and the center have been sitting on the mantle for the last 5 years. the rears are on stands. The center is huge.. hangs over the mantle a bit. So I figured now is the time to replace them. I'm looking to spend up to $1000. The plan is to get a new set of speakers, including a sub and if there's enough money left over, a receiver too.
I'm not much of an audiophile, I just need something that'll sound pretty good in the room, small enough to fit on mantle (or maybe standing speakers on the floor) and is of good quality - I tend to keep things for a while, so they'll need to last. Any suggestions will be welcomed.