Originally Posted by jon2x
Yeah thats my plan to get a bit at a time. Any suggestions which is the best for the price range 500-1000?
I do not have much experience with many different speakers. However, I like my Ascends and Arx speakers.
Arx Ab1 cost $300 a pair. You can get an single one for $169. That would be $769 for 5, and would be pretty nice, but you still do not have a sub.
Ascend CBM-170se are $350 a pair ($306 for b-stock). Ascend HTM-200se are $298 a pair ($262 for b-stock), and a single center is $158. I imagine you could get a single 170se if you emailed them too. That is another nice option. But again, you would be coming close to your $1000 cap without a sub.
I have heard nice things about the Cambridge s30 speakers. They are $219 a pair. In fact, I was going buy them myself, but they were all back ordered at the time (but should be available now). This option would give you more money for the sub.
The Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers are also well regarded. I believe you can get the 2 floorstanders, 2 bookshelves, and center for around $450. This would be the cheapest option and allow you to spend the most on a sub. FWIW the Rythmik LV12R was on sale for $550 shipped (the price may have gone up now). If it is still that price, that would be exactly your cap.
KEF and NHT are some other brands you should look into.