Hello all, I apologize if this is in the wrong topic, but I've been lurking and trying to decide on a receiver for a while now. I think I'm going to go with the Harmon Kardon AVR-354 but have a question on speakers that I would be wise to go with. I'm planning on buying in stages - receiver and floor speakers now, center next, rear and sub when a good deal comes along.
I'm a first time HT buyer, so I don't have a very discriminating ear and when people talk about sound being rich, full, warm, with great highs and lows, etc. I can't tell the difference anyway. I want something that will match well with this receiver, that I won't destroy if I decide to crank my receiver up to eleven for that extra oomph, and won't necessitate a separate sub woofer immediately.
The setup is going to be used mainly for HD Television, gaming on XBOX 360, Wii and Playstation 2, and movies via PS2 on a 1080p LCD from Samsung. I plan on upgrading to Bluray in the next six months or so (maybe Black Friday if I find a great deal) and listen to music in the home rarely...though my wife might take advantage of the ipod docking capability.
Anyway, on to what I've found thus far just listening to speakers at stores....I'm considering a few sets from either Klipsch or Polk. Specifically, I'm looking at the Polk M70's (lowest price), Polk TSi400's (higher by $100), or Klipsch F-3 Synergy's for a bit more than double the M70's. What would anyone recommend for performance to price ratio among these choices? Does anyone have these speakers and want to share what their level of satisfaction is? It seems like the Klipsch ones may negate the need for a sub woofer so I could maybe save some dollars on that in the long run.
I'm not set for sure on either of these manufacturers, it's just what I've heard in stores and they sound 'good enough' in my opinion...like I said, I'm not an audiophile at all. I am planning on heading to a higher end place in the next week or so - my brother, who IS an audiophile suggested I listen to Paradigms before buying anything...but I doubt I'll be able to tell any difference anyway.
Any input from those who know more than me would be greatly appreciated.
EDIT: If it matters, the room size is 13' by 15' at the top of a staircase, so it's fairly large with two partial walls (stairs and hallway)