Well I picked up the Wharfedale Speakers for $50. A huge step up from the Panasonic. I bought the Pioneer BS21 from Walmart to compare them to. I am really surprised how well both the speakers sound. The Wharfedale has better mids but it sometimes gets some box resonation at some lower frequencies. The pioneers have better lows and highs and are really clear. They are not a huge difference between the two so I'm keeping the Wharfedale ones. I also went out to best buy and was really impressed with the pioneer floor standing fs52. I wouldn't have any remorse going the pioneer route when the time comes to put together a 5.1.
Thanks for the tips.