Originally Posted by 3dogdad
Like to do 1k or the 5 speakers, if I can get the sub in there as well that's be great. If not, maybe another 300 tops for sub? I've heard the jbl arena and sony cores are great bang for the buck but I've got a little more than that set for speakers and feel like I have to spend it haha
Here are some options, it will depend on how much WAF you have to work with, and also whether you want to include the sub in that $1K or not.
Dual-woofer LCR speakers:
a. Ascend 340SE, $538/pr
b. RBH R515 - $162 each shipped, these are highest-WAF and by far the best bang for the buck, costing the same as many single-woofer bookshelves
c. Chane A2.4 - roughly $600/pr
shipped if in stock
d. Hsu HC-1, roughly $550/pr
Single-woofer bookshelves around $300/pr
Ascend 170SE, Emotiva B1, Hsu HB-1, JBL Studio 230, NHT SuperOnes
Surrounds: JBL Arena B15 (identical to Arena 120) from Amazon for $73/pr
shipped --- since surrounds only do a lousy 10-15% of the output this is where I'd go cheap
In a 18' x (I'm guessing) 12' room, I would want to budget more like $500-600 for the sub (Monolith 10" THX or Hsu VTF-2), unless you seldom watch blockbuster action/thriller movies that have tons of LFE, in which case the $300 Emotiva BasX10 will do.