I've been reading through some of the speaker threads on here, but admittedly I'm not very knowledgeable about this topic, and I could use some help.
I'm looking to create a 5.1 surround system in my living room, which is approx 17' x 15', 8' ceiling, hardwood floors, townhouse-style condo (so neighbors on other side of either wall, but I don't mind pissing them off a little
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So far, I've got a 51" Samsung 8500 plasma, a 3d blu ray player and a Denon E300 AVR. For the speakers, I'm hoping to stick under $500 for the whole group. I don't need anything with amazing sound, but I'd like to maximize the quality for my budget.
Right now, I'm kind of leaning towards the Pioneer SP-BS22-LRs for the speakers, and then a "matching" center channel and sub. The Polk RTiA1 also look interesting. I don't really want to get front speakers much bigger than 12" to 13" (smaller would be better, but I realize that sacrifices quality) if I do bookshelf ones, I could maybe do something floor standing, but would also prefer not to). Also, with either of those speakers (or something similar), is it possible to get smaller rears, or will that be a pretty significant drop in overall sound quality.
I've read things about whether or not an AVR can provide enough power to speakers, and all that kind of stuff, but I really don't know what to look for to make sure it works with my Denon, and could use some really beginner-level help.
Hope that all makes sense! Please let me know if you need any other info about my room or anything else, and thanks in advance for the help!