In an attempt to rid myself of my Panasonic HTIB (about 6 years old now) I have purchased (or will be tomorrow) a pioneer elite VSX-43 ($250, open box @ BB).
The room is about 18ft by 15ft with cathedral like cielings, and is open in the back and along the side. The wife and I have agreed that only having speakers in the front of the room is the best option for us.
So, I am left with trying to figure out what the best setup would be. We don't want a huge subwoofer or anything, so I am leaning towards a smallish subwoofer and some nicer floor standing speakers with a nice center channel followed by some less nice surround speakers.
I read a few things about the Pioneer FS-52's from Amazon, but I don't know if they will be good enough for what I am looking for.
Also, this system will serve as the speakers for movies, netflix, streaming audio, youtube, internet radio etc...
I would love to get a set of Klipsch or something like that but I really am overwhelmed with all of the options... and lets just say that I don't exactly trust the Best Buy Guys very much (despite their opinion on the "JAMO"s).