I've spent a good deal of time over the last few weeks pouring over these incredibly helpful threads, but I've come to a small impasse, and I know this is a question that gets asked repeatedly, so I apologize. I went through the threads and realized that some of them were a little outdated so thought I'd bite the bullet and break my cherry posting and risk irritating long time posters with my specific needs...
I've recently moved into a small bungalow and wanted to beef up my audio equipment. I just purchased a Denon 1713 and want to get some decent speakers, and was hoping to spend around 500 bucks. Now I know most of you recommend piecing together a system, and I'm not adverse to that, but I wouldn't mind one stop easy shopping.
The living room setup is the tv in a corner of a room that, at it's biggest is 17 1/2 feet by 21 feet (I've somewhat closed off the space to the dining room and part of the living room that we're not fully using at the moment so the room is mostly about 15 by 14). A lot of movies, tv, and sports, with some music thrown in as well, but that's not the most important thing (as I mostly gave up on that with the advent of mp3's).
Originally I was just going to go with the Energy Take Classic 5.1 (well, actually, originally I was hoping to get the Monoprice's, but they don't seem to be available anymore), but recently have been willing to up my budget to get the Pioneer PK-52fs when I realized I now, for the first time in my life, had the space to not have to go the bookshelf route. I've also looked at the Polk TL1600's and RM705's and that's when I realized the more I read the more options I was gathering with no actual decision in sight.
I recently went to a few retailers to try and listen to some other options, but can't find either of those systems for sale in any local Southern California retailer (ok, to be fair it was mostly Best Buys). I'd love to take a listen to compare to see if I notice that much of a difference, but I'm a bit stuck. So I was hoping that you guys could perhaps give some advice, both to the pros and cons of those options, perhaps other options you'd recommend, and any ideas where to listen to any of the best options to try and make the decision a little easier.
Thanks a ton in advance, I truly do appreciate the small amount of education I've absorbed by reading these boards over the last few weeks.