Originally Posted by craig john
Honestly, I don't like to make speaker recommendations to other people. Speakers are very much a "personal preference" and my preferences may not be yours. I suggest you go out and listen to some different speakers and see what you like.
+1 on the suggestion of Craig to go out and listen, ...you have 4 weeks till you move in as you mentioned.
Although no need to be in a hurry, if you're a noob you may take your time, like I did when I was a noob and studied the aspects of setting up my own HT (in a living room, though) for about 6 months.
Was worth the time spent, especially when I got all the good advice at this AVSForum from dozens of friendly members.
As regards subwoofers, yes, another +1, I also would strongly recommend to have at least one (later maybe two) instead of no-subs. Feel lucky enough to have a basement for setting up your own HT room where you don't have to deal with living room issues and WAF/GAF. You may look into floor standing tower type speakers for your Mains (Left & Right) with a Center from the same brand. They are usually in the same model family, so timbre matching should be no isssue. You may start out with a 3.1 system (Left/Center/Right) + Sub, but for enjoying movies a 5.x system is always recommended with two surround speakers (from the same maker) for full enjoyment of the surround sound mix.
I think the Denon AVR1713 would be a good idea, it has an advanced version of room correction software (Audyssey MultEQ XT) together with Audyssey's Dynamic EQ on board . Should these "stuff" be new to you I'd recommend you to study them in details at Ausyssey's homepage. Here's when they are hiding on the Net: www.audyssey.com
Coming down to a player I'd recommend you to look into the Denon range and pair your Denon AVR with a Denon DBT-1713 UD
or a Denon DBP-1611 UD
universal player. Your gonna enjoy it to the brim.
Wish Ya good luck, come back with Q's any time.