Originally Posted by chadlincoln
I'm surrounded by corn fields in the middle of Illinois. The closet Best Buy is 45 minutes but it is also my only real option to go see something in person.
Music Direct is in Chicago but I'm guessing that's too far unless you find yourself there on business or whatnot once in a while.
Here are some great free or almost free return speaker purveyors to take a gander at.
INTERNET DIRECT BRANDS WITH FREE RETURN SHIPPING:
Aperion=> (note, free returns only on full msrp items
HTD No free returns on tower speakers
CRUTCHFIELD BRANDS WITH $10/BOX TO RETURN BOOKSHELVES
For example, here's an excellent value and dynamic deal going on at the moment for well below your budget with free returns.
If you don't like how low the sub works but like the speakers simply return the sub and get a larger one from another well known sub company, (HSU, Monoprice THX, Rhythmik).
If you like the whole system and just want another sub, it's only $400 more...and your budget would still allow for four in ceiling speakers for Atmos with that choice.
An easy way to add a second row for once in a while sports viewing with a crowd simply get tall padded bar chairs that swivel.
They take up far less space than a second row of recliners/couches.
That's a great deal on a receiver capable of 5.2.4.