AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.
So, what are your favorite 5.1 or 7.1 surround-speaker packages? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Also, we'd like to focus on complete 5.1 or 7.1 packages, such as the Pioneer SP-PK52FS or GoldenEar SuperCinema 50, each of which includes front left and right towers, center speaker, left and right surrounds, and subwoofer. Satellite/subwoofer packages are also welcome. Of course, many people assemble a complete speaker system from individual products, but if we go that route in this case, the task of creating a buying guide will quickly become untenable. On the other hand, we are willing to consider custom packages assembled from the products of one manufacturer, as long as all the speakers are well-matched from the same product line.
Simply post a comment here with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.
Thanks for helping us help others find the best AV products available today!