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15 feet us a pretty long "speaker to viewer" distance...and the 5.1 speaker systems you list are small room systems! Are they way better than tv speakers? Yes, but as you ask, a 2.1 or 3.1 with bigger drivers would likely be better.
Some really good budget speakers with decent driver size are Polk monitors, infinity primus, def tech sm350/450s, pioneer aj speakers, to name a few... And klipch make a couple really good budget subs!
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only