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speaker choice

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I am new to speakers. I have 4 questions below. Could you please help me choose speakers?

I am building my first home theater and I have already bought a new projection screen and a new projector. And I do have old 2 front and one central bookshelf speakers. Now I'd like to upgrade the speakers.

Based on my research, it seems better to have two big tower speakers at front.

Do you have any recommendation for these front tower speakers? My budget is $1500 for these two tower speakers.

Some recommended me these below two speakers,



Question 1: Do I need to buy more expensive speakers?

Question 2: what about this?


and this even cheaper, but it is #1 bestseller in amazon,


Instead of using tower speakers, i saw very positive review of energy take 5.1 satellite speakers.


or even this,


Now I am a little confusing now.

Question 3: Do I just buy 2 tower front speakers and using existing 2 front bookshelf speaker as surround speakers or do I just buy energy take 5.1 package or even Bose package?

Question 4: For speaker cable, do I just buy 16 gauge or lower? Any recommendation on the speaker cable?

Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from your comments.
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Ideally, the front three speakers should be from the same brand and series so that the sounds are seamless from the front. You did not mention a subwoofer. Using a sub woofer will negate the "need" for tower speakers. And don't buy Bose. Do a search on this forum and you will know why.
I have the Infinity P363s, PC351, PC251, P153s and P163s. If you go Infinity, I would recomend the PC351 (center), P363s (fronts) and either the P163s or P153s rears along with a good subwoofer. You get a lot of bang for your buck when you catch these on sale at Frys or Amazon. ($99 each for the P363s, $50 each for the P153s or P163s, and $180 to $190 for the PC351) Check camelcamel.com for the lowest prices. I bought mine a few at a time as they went on sale. http://www.avsforum.com/forum/15-ge...a-game-rooms/1527055-steve-s-cheap-build.html

Skip the Energy speakers. I have a set collecting dust.
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