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Hey guys,

I just moved into a new apartment and am looking for system recommendations. I will be primarily using this for movies and tv, and like punchy sound. At this point, I am not sure if I want the hassle of running rear speakers, but may want to at some point. My living room is about 14x14, mostly carpet.

I want to spend under 700 on the entire system including receiver - I am thinking about going with towers if they are aesthetically pleasing. Any recommendations for speakers and a receiver? I would like to get something I could potentially listen to in person at a local retailer and buy online - I live in San Jose CA, near a Best Buy and Fry's.
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The Fry's should have the InfinityP363 tower,

When those go on sale for 106 each they are a bargain.

That would be a good start. Then buy the matching center and something like an NXG sub online.
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I would take a look at the Cambridge Audio S70 towers, they are very highly rated and you can get them at closeout prices right now, hard to beat this value: http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/cambs70oak/cambridge-audio-s70-5-3-way-floorstanding-speakers-each-dark-oak/1.html

Pair that with the S50 center: http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/cambs50oak/cambridge-audio-s50-4-3-way-center-channel-speaker-dark-oak/1.html

I think it is wise to get the center now, because if you wait and get it in the future, it may be sold out at that point. They are also available in black for slightly more.

This would be a good receiver to get, it has Audyssey room correction, and supports networking so you can stream music to the receiver.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denavre300/denon-avr-e300-5.1-3d-networking-receiver-airplay/1.html

Then add this sub. http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES150PBK-300-Watt-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B00166VDLC/ref=sr_1_17?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1395920384&sr=1-17&keywords=sub+woofer And you will have a nice 3.1 system.

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So,
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I would take a look at the Cambridge Audio S70 towers, they are very highly rated and you can get them at closeout prices right now, hard to beat this value: http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/cambs70oak/cambridge-audio-s70-5-3-way-floorstanding-speakers-each-dark-oak/1.html

Pair that with the S50 center: http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/cambs50oak/cambridge-audio-s50-4-3-way-center-channel-speaker-dark-oak/1.html

I think it is wise to get the center now, because if you wait and get it in the future, it may be sold out at that point. They are also available in black for slightly more.

This would be a good receiver to get, it has Audyssey room correction, and supports networking so you can stream music to the receiver.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denavre300/denon-avr-e300-5.1-3d-networking-receiver-airplay/1.html

Then add this sub. http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES150PBK-300-Watt-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B00166VDLC/ref=sr_1_17?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1395920384&sr=1-17&keywords=sub+woofer And you will have a nice 3.1 system.

I like your recommendation. But how about this:

1.
OPTION 1:
Buy ENERGY Take Home Classic 5.1 speaker system (don't use the extra two speakers, sell them or something).
Cost: $349 at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44)

OR

OPTION2 :
MonoPrice Premium Surround Speaker set http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10909&cs_id=1090901&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=2
Cost: $199

2. Buy a good receiver like what Transmaniacon recommended above - (http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denavre300/denon-avr-e300-5.1-3d-networking-receiver-airplay/1.html)
Cost: $179

Total: ~ $528 (if you go with ENERGY speakers) and you can still the two extra bookshelf speakers you got with Energy Take Home Classic 5.1 speaker system and bring your total further down.

OR

If you go with MonoPrice speakers (and their speakers are supposedly very similar to ENERGY speaker quality, although they are NO LONGER identical), your cost would be ~ $378
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The small satellite speakers and the sub of the all in one systems will not compare to the Cambridge or Primus systems suggested above.
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Yeah if you want to have good sound, skip the satellite systems. Even a simple 2.1 system will sound better.

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