Originally Posted by Theriddler07sms
haha I read thru that thread a few times. Thats actually why i settled ont he Denon x1200w or the x3200w. And the reason I decided to go 3.0 instead of 2.1. I would rather have a center speaker before a sub.
What kind of movies do you watch the most often? I watch about 90% dramas, comedies, and indie movies rather than big-budget action movies, so I would agree with your placing the center at a higher priority than a sub. However, if I were a big action movie fan, I would go ahead and invest in a good sub first, even if it meant having to wait on the center.
That said, with your $1500 budget, you may actually not need to compromise or wait for anything at all. There are all kinds of excellent options available in budget speakers these days, which would've been unimaginable just ten years ago (when I bought my first HT system).
Here's an example:
2 x EMPTek R5Bi + 1 R5Ci center speaker = $338 shipped
These are CLAIMED to be "Scratch and Dent B-stock" but I suspect they are actually brand new---EMPTek is simply clearing out stock because they are getting ready to introduce updated models of these speakers in the next couple of months, but they don't want to hurt their product's perceived brand value. Very common practice across the industry.
These are the best looking compact speakers in the $225 range (their regular price) that actually sound good, by a long shot.
If you are unfamiliar with this brand, EMPTek is part of RBH, a very well established and respected maker of pretty high end speakers: http://emptek.com/about.php
Rythmik LV12R subwoofer, $570 shipped
For your surrounds, you can go with another pair of the R5Bi speakers referenced above and still stay well within your $1500 budget, or if you want to save a little money, you can get a pair of JBL Loft 40 for surrounds for $60 shipped:
Your surrounds only do 10-15% of HT output, so this is where you can go cheap and be perfectly fine.