i also need a new 5.1 speaker setup for tv room so im just trying to stay inexpensive for my 2.1 home office setup.
i was trying to find a good 2.1 on sale or last one left, something like that.
something i can get a great deal on
You can try Craiglist, I often see a lot of those multimedia systems on there.
You could also go with a pair of bookshelves and a t-amp. Something like the Pioneer BS22 and Lepai 2020A+, you wouldn't have the same low end as the ProMedia system, but everything else would sound a lot better and you can add a sub later on. This setup would run you $120.
not only is the woofer itself smaller but the enclosure itself is also much smaller and the swan system doesnt have the same power as the klipsch. i have heard the klipsch & i know it plays loud like the logithech z-2300 im replacing.
the Klipsch pro media sounds way better than the Bose in the same category. Not sure if it's the 'Companion 5' or what but I listened to all of them on the shelf in this range +/- $50 and the Klipsch sounded way better. Decent little sub and the L/R speakers have decent imaging. Great for a 'whole room' sound.
These are very well reviewed and on sale to fall within your budget: http://www.emotivapro.com/products/airmotiv-4-pair
It's a 2.0 system and probably better suited for music, if you want to watch a lot of movies and game then you probably will want a sub woofer.