Join Date: May 2011
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
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If you can you need to listen to the speaker's first before buying because what may sound good for one person may not sound so good for another; and when you do go audit some speakers bring a couple of movies that you know real well that have some really good sound effects, and bring a couple of your favorite music CD's. Bringing your own stuff is better than listening to whatever the store has which is usually designed to enhance the speaker they want to push on you. Some speakers that are going to be recommended for you will be impossible to find in stores, also make sure if you do buy speakers you can take them back within 30 days because they might sound really good in the store but only so so in the home.
$1000 for speakers opens up some pretty decent speaker choices. First off I don't like small satellite speakers, I have yet to hear one that I thought came even remotely close to sounding like full size speakers, I know that will cause a feud here but it is just my opinion, so I will only recommend full size speakers, and most 5.1 speaker system today are small mini speakers, just to forewarn you.
The first one I would listen to is the Polk Audio TSi400 5.1 Home Theater Speaker Package, this one is on the higher end of the price which sell for $999 in US dollars but is the best option for that full size sound that full size speakers have. The next recommendation is the Pioneer SP-PK52FS for around $550, but with those you would have to buy a subwoofer and I would recommend the Fluance DB12, these cost about $300 but combined is still less than the Polks and they got really high reviews.
The other option for speakers to build your own by mix and matching. For example you could get a pair of Elac Debut F6 for $280, a JBL Arena 125C center speaker for $200, a pair of Klipsch Reference R-14SA for the rear at $280, and a Polk Audio PSW10 powered subwoofer at just $90, all for under $1,000. Elac does make a package called the Debut 5.1 system but that runs almost $1,500.
Anyway that's all I can recommend. I've listened to a lot of speakers over the years and nothing beats full size floor standing speaker sound, the small sat type speakers all sound boxy and hollow to me just as you learned with your Bose, they lack oomph and natural sound, but to be honest the small sat speaker is more for watching movies where the sound quality isn't in the high range especially, and middle range as much as music is, but they can do an ok job with music.