Originally Posted by ajstrider
I think with your budget you might be better buying a pair of front bookshelf style speakers and a subwoofrr like someone mentioned. The Klipsch RW12D for 300 bucks on newegg is a steal on a subwoofer right now. I haven't priced any bookshelves lately. Then later on when you have more money to invest you buy a bigger set of front speakers and a center channel, and move the bookshelves to your surround speakers. It is the smart way to start out a surround system and hopefully not end up with speakers you don't want later on.
Or, how about this option ...
sub - Klipsch RW12K $300
RL - Cambridge Audio S30's $219 on amazon (free shipping if you have prime)
CC - Cambridge Audio S50 $199 on amazon (one left that you can buy through amazon)
Surrounds - use your current front LR speakers. Upgrade later if you want.
Just slightly over your budget but a very solid/respectable upgrade.
(Jim Z has been recommending the Cadence CSX12 as a good budget sub. That would save you $30.)Edited by sdg4vfx - 12/26/12 at 2:01pm