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The HSU speakers are fine for movies, however they're designed for playing loudly in a larger room and a little finicky with positioning.
In that average price range, you could try:
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE (move them to surround duties and get the CMT-340's and stands up front later)
Arx A1b (move them to surround duties and get their A5 tower and A2c center later) @ theaudioinsider.com
I think you should look at upping your receiver budget just a little bit. The Yamaha is only a budget 5.1 channel receiver. If you want to keep it around for a while for upgrade purposes, go for a 7.1 or 9.1 channel receiver.
The Pioneer SC-1222-k is 7.2 with full pre-amp outputs and is $549 at Newegg.com right now, or if you can call around to area Costco's and look for the SC-1522-k for $599, it's a tricked out 9.2 channel receiver with pre-amp outs. That Costco deal is, by far, the best bang for your buck right now.
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