Originally Posted by Borg
Fronts: Klipsch r-15m, or Polk s15 (amazon or best buy)
CTR: Klipsch r-25, or polk s30 (amazon or best buy)
surrounds: Micca MB42X (amazon)
If anyone knows of other speakers I should be considering, I'm all ears. I'm very open minded, except for used speakers that I can't audition...and the local craigslist scene right now isn't great.
I'd skip the Klipsch rs, and rps will be too expensive for you.
JBL 230 + 235 (amazon, or if JBL will ship to you free, $550)
Go with whatever cheapos you can find as surrounds, daytons, used CL, etc.
Sony Cores ($120 set x 3, use a single as a center, Core center, or go for a mismatch)
You may like the Polk signatures better, just throwing out other options for you to consider. JBLs at their sale price are a decent deal though.
Edit: And if you want to splurge, and get lucky with them still being in stock, a pair of JBL 580s at $520 --
Worry about the center/surrounds later, or go with a phantom center for now. By the time you read this, they may already be out of stock again though... going quickly at that price.