I suggest the Cambridge Audio S20 speakers, which Amazon has for $149/pair, along with a small subwoofer such as the Polk PSW110, which also runs around $150.
They also are selling the Sony STRDH130 receiver for only $120. It has a full-featured remote control and over 100 watts per channel, and is less than 11 inches deep.
Remember, you can always turn off or turn down the subwoofer when you want to.
The Cambridge speakers are very good.