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I can't speak to the speaker choices as I tend to DIY, but...
If the room is 11x15, you want to sit 5' from the nearest wall, not against the wall. If this isn't audible to you, your speaker choices may all sound equally good.
Modern AVRs have automated room set-up. the hard part about calilbration is staying very quiet while the mic's active. These routines will get the audio very close. Video usually benefits more from professional help, as few folks have radiometers and colorimeters, and workarounds require a bit of skill. Video/audio synch issues are dealt with by delays in the AVR, but I've never needed to use it.