I have had so much help so far from members on this forum. I wanted to thank Afrogt, ien2 and GusGus748s among others who's names escape me.
Forgive me for a long post.
After first saying she was only ok with satellites, my wife agreed for me to get Bookshelfs. Afrogt helped in another thread I started about the best 5.1 speaker system to get for ~$500. With his recommendation, I was sold on the JBL CS6100BG satellite system until my wife changed her mind.
So now I have settled on my original choice of getting the Pioneer BS22 + C22 combination for LCR speakers.
Receiver: Pioneer SC-1522K - already have it
Room dimensions : 20' deep X 15' wide x 9', high opening into the kitchen just as big.
Usage: 15 % cable TV, 30% movies (DVD & blu-ray), 20% video games, ~10% music, 25% use TV speakers with system shut off
Overall speaker budget = $500 but could stretch it to $600
LCR speakers I have in mind: LR = Pioneer BS22 , Center = C22
Surrounds - I want to get something smaller than BS22 in the back if possible. Just to keep my wife happy even though she was ok with book shelves.
Sub - No idea
No floor standing speakers.
See image below.
The black oval on the bottom left is where I am thinking of placing the Sub. Not on the kitchen side, but on the other side of the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room. The main seating area is a sofa on the other side of the wall right next to where I want the Sub. The purple/pinkish circle you see is where I think the surrounds should go since the sofa is up against the separator wall.
A closer look of the family room is below. Forgive the mess. We like to watch movies on weekends and fall asleep right in the family room.
The red ovals are where I want to place the Left and Right speakers. They will be about 8-10 inches from the back wall. Is this enough for the rear ports ? How far from the side wall should they be placed to avoid reflections ?
The Blue oval is where I will put the receiver since it is too big to fit inside the book shelf. How far from the receiver should the speaker be ? Is the BS22 shielded ? How far from the wall should the receiver be in the back and side ? Can the PS3 be put on top of the receiver ? I don't want it to die due to heat from the receiver.
The Green oval under the TV is where I want to put the center channel. Is this an ideal place. The center channel will be about a foot ahead of the LR speakers (since the LR speakers are on the book shelves). Isn't there a setting on most receivers these days to change the sound level so the LCRs still sounds as if they are all perfectly alligned ? The center channel weighs 13 lbs 7 oz. I wonder if mantles are made to hold that much weight or if I should mount it on the wall between the mantle and TV. Since it is rear ported, how far from the wall should the speaker be for optimal performance ?
Since the LCR are not mounted, they will point straight out instead of tilted down to the main listening area. Is this not ideal ? How bad will it hurt performance ?
I listened to the Pioneers BS22-C22 and a Polk T15 matched with a Polk center T1x something and the polks sounded clearer. I read somewhere that polks are good for music while pioneers are good for movies. Like I said above, we won't use the system for music much though.
I want to go with the Pioneer LCR combo but if the center channel performance will be killed because of it's distance to the wall I am wondering if I should switch to a front ported center speaker and hence chance all LCR speakers to a different brand/model. What front ported brands are out there in that price range that beat the Pioneers ? Also, I don't want something bigger than the BS22 or C22.
I am still undecided on a Sub and rear speakers. I am also open to buying the rear speakers later, but on once side I feel that if I don't get them now I won't spend the time to research and get them later.
Thanks a million in advance.