I know this isn't the most exciting thread ever, and I know with this type of budget there's a lot I can't accomplish. However, I need something in my living room so I'm not stuck with TV sound, until I can foot the bill for something more. I'm not very well versed on all the ins and outs of AV, but I can follow pretty well.
I am purchasing a refurb Denon 1612 (only need 5.1) from accessories4less $200. Could care less about networking and airplay, etc, but I DO want Audyssey MultEQ. My "theater" is positioned on the right side of my basement (so left wall is very open space, front wall to back wall is ~18-20', ceilings are 9ft high. My house has traditional insulation as well as Poly-Spray foam, so it's very "tight".
I recently picked up the Energy Take 5 Classics & the Energy EW-100 Sub for $300.
I know that's a pretty good deal on the group, but I'm wondering if there's anything that would perhaps be more suitable. I have a couple weeks before I can return the setup to Sears.
As for the subwoofer, I can return it and get a $150 refund. As alternatives I've looked at the:
Pioneer SW-8 - $80
Polk PSW10 - $100
I'm aware that the Energy Take 5 classics are small enough that they won't give you the "full" sound on the lower mids, if I understand correctly, the higher crossover of the EW-100 (120kHz) might not be the best pairing with the Energy 5's.
If this were you, would you pair the Energy 5's with a sub or go with a different 5.0 setup? Keep in mind if I go with the Pioneer Sub, I would have $60-70 extra to spend on the 5.0
Thanks for any and all help. I know these budget-type threads can get old and annoying, so I really appreciate any feedback you're willing to offer.