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The best 5.1 system that I know of, for under $500, is the Martin-Logan MLT-2 system.
It has a better subwoofer and front speakers than most other packaged setups, and is available for under $400, which makes it a great deal.
The front speakers on the Energy Take system are far too small, and the subwoofer is a joke.
People post here all the time bemoaning what a bad choice they made when they bought it; benefit from their unfortunate experience and stay away from it.
It is usually better, IMO, to mount some small shelves on the wall and use those to put the speakers on. That allows the speakers to be somewhat isolated from the wall acoustically (use stickon rubber feet on the speakers).