I know I should probably do some more searching first, but I like to think my situation is somewhat unique. First I'm going to bore you with a story that will tell you about how infrequently I buy things, and how long I hold on to them.
Back in '04 I bought my first HD monitor: a 26" CRT 16:9 Panasonic. We still have it but it's in the bedroom. If someone hadn't bought us a bigger LCD as a gift, the Panasonic would still be in the living room.
In '05 I was unemployed, but couldn't pass up the fire sale the Onkyo TX-SR606 was on at Circuit City. Out came the plastic.
I had nothing left for a 5.1 setup, so I got a pair of Technics SB-K14 on Craigslist for $10. That's what I'm still using.
Lately I've got the itch for more out of the setup, and I have a $500 budget. My thought was to keep the Technics for now, and add a center and subwoofer. The Technics really don't produce much bass, though the bass is clean (for me). I'm guessing it's going to be impossible to get a center that matches the Technics? It has a 10" woofer and appears to be a 2" mid?
My gut choice was a BIC PL-28, but upon further research, I don't think I'll ever be able to stomach the cost of the matching PL-89 towers. I do want a good center though, as we like to watch TV/movies at modest volumes, but have trouble understanding the dialogue. My wife especially as English is not her native language and her left ear doesn't work so hot.
I keep going back and forth on the BIC F12 vs Polk PSW505, though I'm not looking to bring that debate to this thread, I'm leaning towards the Polk right now, as we listen to about 50/50 music/TVandMovies and the Polk is supposed to be more "musical". Also for reference, we listen to TV/movies at 32-40 to as high as 50 because of dialogue issues. When we "crank" our music, that's around 50.
I guess the first question is: Is keeping the Technics left and right for a while, while adding a center and sub on a $500 budget (total) a bad idea? Would I be better off to spend $300 total on a new left, right, and center? I do intend to eventually upgrade the Technics and add surrounds, but you've seen how long it might be 'til I get around to that. And I don't see myself spending more than 400-500 total on the front left/right speakers when that time comes. If you think I'm heading the right direction, is the PL-28 a good choice, and I just need to suck it up and start saving pennies for those PL-89 towers down the road? I'm open to other recommendations. Also looked at the CS10 (actually this whole itch started at Best Buy looking at that and a PSW10) but I feel like I want to spend more on the center for reasons previously discussed. Thanks in advance for your input. I hope my first post wasn't completely incoherent :-)