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For mostly HT you're definitely going need to a subwoofer at some point even with towers. Towers are nice if you require higher output but the low end they provide is not that important with the incorporation of a subwoofer. With a $1500 budget I would be inclined to put all of that into the best front speakers that you can afford and add the subwoofer, center, and surrounds when finances allow.
Monitor Audio Silver Series 6: $1500
JBL 580: $1200 (Amazon)
Focal 816V $1319 or if you can stretch it, the 826V for $1619 at Music Direct, Clearance
KEF Q900, $1300 at accessories4less
PSB Image T6 $999 at Saturday Audio + SVS PB1000
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2: $1448
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1: $798 (satin finish) + subwoofer from SVS, Rhythmik, or HSU (upgrade to Sierra 2 later)
Monitor Audio RX-1 $499 clearance Audio Advisor + Rhythmik F12 $874 or Silver Series 2 $1050 + SVS PB1000
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