Hey all, helping a friend piece together a 5.1 system for an average sized living room. Both from personal experience and reading on this forum I think the best way to go is the following:
Receiver: Newer model basic Denon or Yamaha, ~$250.
Sub: SVS PB12-NSD or Rythmik LV12R or HSU VTF-2 MK4, $699, $599, $529 respectively.
This leaves about $650 for the speakers which shooting from the hip would probably end up being around $300 for a pair of fronts, $200 for a center channel and $150 for a pair of surrounds. I was thinking towers for the fronts, but bookshelves would be alright as well. I don't think it really matters to him. His goal I believe will be weighted toward TV/movies with music being a distant second.
When it comes to speakers, I'm not really sure what to recommend listening to at this price point. From reading on this forum I feel like I've seen a lot of lower end, decent speaker lines like the Pioneer Andrew Jones line (looking for a step up from those, for example) and then there seems to be a pretty steep jump up in price when looking into some of the better brands; I'm sort of looking for recommendations in between.
I appreciate the help everyone.