One of my good friends weddings is coming up at the end of the month and I'd like to get him started on a HT setup for his wedding gift. He's coming from a Sony 5.1 HTIB. I'd like to get him started with a pair of speakers and a receiver. He can use his Sony speakers for surrounds, the Sony sub, and a phantom center setup until he upgrades down the line. Unfortunately I'm working with a limited budget. $500 is really maxing out what I can spend on speakers and a receiver and I'd like to stay closer to $400 if at all possible. Given these limitations I'm currently thinking about going with a pair of Paradigm Atom v6's that are slightly used that I can hopefully grab for about $200. For a receiver I was thinking of the Onkyo NR509 since it has the basic Audyssey feature and I'm thinking 80 wpc should be sufficient to drive these smaller, efficient speakers.
His listening habits will be somewhere around 70% HT and 30% music roughly. The room is yet to be determined as him and his fiance will be buying a house at some point after the wedding.
-What are your thoughts on this combo? Feel free to add any other suggestions to the list for either speakers or receiver.
-Do you feel that 80 wpc is sufficient to drive these speakers, and the small Sony surrounds, and perhaps a center channel down the line in a medium sized room?
-Are the Atom's capable of filling a medium sized room when accompanied with an adequate sub?
-How do the compare to the Mini Monitors in terms of filling a room and their low frequency extension? I got my younger brother the Mini Monitor v6's and paired them with an SVS PB10 and have been pleased with the results in a medium sized room. (About 15x20x8 or so)
Thanks in advance for any assistance and input!