Second try: 1st attempt did not seem to post. Here goes again.
Firstly, let me say thank you to everyone for help yesterday. I've gotten much more targeted now that you've helped me along the path. New question today thanks to you.About the space/set up
I have a traditional family room (19x22).
TV "system" is in a bookcase in the corner of the room.
FYI, I have a separate whole house audio system that serves music everywhere.
Although not in place yet, I am about to add a Denon AVR x2000.
FYI, zone 2 of Denon will be an additional source on whole-house system to stream Pandora/other network audio
Bookcase dimensions will be a factor in speakers I select -- I think ideal placement is for center to be under TV (on a shelf with a relatively narrow "cabinet door" opening. Bookcase above TV can hold the front side speakers (placed as far L and R as possible).About me/usage habits
I am 45, married, with kids.
While I would love to be an audiophile, it is not practical in my life -- I listen to music while dressing, cooking dinner, doing work at the kitchen table. I do NOT have the luxury to sit in the perfect listening spot in acoustically designed room and spin vinyl. Thus whole-house audio is the practical choice for me to really enjoy music.
Same for this dedicated TV system. It would be cool to sit in a "real" home theater and shake the rafters with hi-def theater experience. But the practical reality is that we grab a little time for our favorite show after dinner -- or sometimes rent a "family movie" and eat nachos on the couch. I *DO* want a full TV experience -- and sound needs a real upgrade. But, again, I'm looking for "good and practical" at the same time.The specific question
If I have UP TO $1000 to spend on center and front sides (sub to be added LATER), what do I buy.
1. My local A/V guy (who I want to support) carries PolkAudio, MartinLogan, Energy, other.
2. I like the idea of Klipsch. (I don't know . . . I read a good review of the reference series?)
3. I love my Emotiva "ipod dock" set up at work . . . but I don't think that has an application in my HT.
4. I don't NEED to spend $1000 -- where is the sweet spot? $800? $500?
5. I realize that there are infinite possibilities. How do I get this "right?"
Thanks all for your SUPER advice and direction.