I would recommend at least bookshelf speakers that are flat +/- 3 dB down to 60 Hz. You can use an 80 Hz crossver that way with a good subwoofer or two.....anything less than that in terms of speakers and you are making major compromise in terms of sound quality imo. Small satellites just can't play low enough for truly good sound. Plan on a minimum of $500 for the cheapest entry level "true" home theater sub, although the $1500 ball park gives you enough budget for two decent subs such as dual PB2000, Hsu VTF3, Outlaw LFM1-EX, PSA XV15se etc. Or start with one now and add another down the road. For AVR, consider something like the Denon X4000 which has the highest level of Audysey and also has subeq HT which will setup dual subs individually. This should be a good future proof setup. Good bookshelf speakers can be found from many manufacturers for around $300/pair. If you spend that much on an AVR you wont be able to fit dual subs into the budget, so you might consider keeping the AVR budget lower in order to start out with good dual subs.
If I had $3k to spend I would likely try to figure out the best way to start with dual subs, all five speakers bookshelf or larger, and a decent AVR.
Last edited by bear123; 06-25-2014 at 05:11 AM.