Quote:Generally-speaking, good mains + a couple of good subs (especially in a larger room) is the priority. Then a matching CC speaker, then surrounds.
It seems to be a common theme to recommend saving money on front speakers in order to buy bigger, better subs. What does the unofficial budget priority hierarchy look like for home theater? Subwoofer >> Center >> L/R >> Surround?
A pair of good bookshelf speakers will run you less than a pair of good subs, which is why there's an emphasis on budgeting more for your subs.
I also like to suggest shopping gently-used for speakers, as you can often get some great gear at great prices. For subs, I would generally go new.