Originally Posted by NaX wow we already received some great feedback. A few things about my sitch, I would like to stay below 2500 a real win would be sub 2k. My current living room layout is not that big of a deal as I will be moving soon. The living space for this future set up will be very ideal. I have looked hard at Aperion Intimus, an HSU sub and TX-NR709 Onkyo recever. I will probably go with a dual sub one day (front and back) but for now it will only be one. I enjoy crisp details over bass any day and would not want my speakers to over power spoken words. Hope this helps!
OK, so I'm about 100% over budget!
Your strategy of buying one sub now and the other later on is good. A quality sub, properly set up and operating within it's capabilities should never overpower the material with boomy or bloated bass. I've changed my recommendation to the new entry level Rythmik sub, to trim the budget and in recognition of second one down the track. This is still a very solid Direct Servo sub that gives up little (if anything) in terms of output to the Rythmik F15.
Good solid options from Logan above. Another option for towers in this price range is the EMPTek Impression line. These represent a heck of a lot of speaker for the money, especially as the price looks to have dropped $50 for the E55Ti and E56Ci. The centre channel is actually a bit of a monster. Here's the Audioholics reviews of the towers
as well as centre and surrounds.
The Onkyo TX-NR818 is currently the cheapest AVR running Audyssey XT32. It is soon to be superseded, so run-out prices will be around. The price below is from US Ebay for an open box unit from an authorised dealer. The 818 will cleanly drive those EMPTeks to satisfyingly loud levels.
So adopting Logan's format...7.1 channel EMPTek/Rythmik/Onkyo setup
2 x EMPTek E55Ti (front towers) = $695
1 x EMPTek E56Ci (centre) = $395
4 x EMPTek E5Bi (surrounds, rears) = $450
1 x Rythmik Audio LV12R (sub) = $590
Onkyo TX-NR818 = $700
TOTAL = $2830
BUT, defer purchase of rear speakers (until at new digs?): $2830 - $225 = $2605
PS: NaX, I had most of that ^ in the editor before I spotted your last two posts.
Edit: Alternately, Onkyo TX-NR818 for sale in AVS classifieds
, asking $550: $2605 - $150 = $2455