Okay I made a trip to a local audio video store. I knew they had a showing theater room set up so seemed like a good place to get an idea what different sets sound like. It was a few minutes of the movie hunger games followed by a live band performance.
The first set I listened to was KEF satellite set it is 5.1 but it was only set up for 3.1 due to it being on the floor. I found the sound to be very raspy and not a pleasant listening experience.
Second was PSB AINTROHT1 5.1 satellite system, the sound was very smooth and clear. Watching the movie was enjoyable, with vocals being clear and lifelike and sound effects being good. With music is didn't have quite enough low end power for music listening. Something that could be fixed using book shelf or towers. The sound was smooth just needed a bit more power but the sub was not set at full power and the system may not be set up complete either.
Third was a paradigm 5.1 satellite system, it sounded slightly distorted at points in both the movie and music. The worst part was almost a lisp on Ss during the music part. A problem I've been trying to fix in my truck audio system. It isn't something I wanted to hear from 5.1 system. A style note was the vertical orientation of the center speaker to be ridiculous when they are commonly placed infront of your TV.
Fourth was another KEF 5.1 system, it was a higher end unit MSRP $1800. I found the bass to be almost non existent, I question whether the system was balanced due to the center speaker dominating the rest easily even while standing 10ft away from it. It was not an impressive set up for sure.
Fifth was a Mirage 5.1 wireless set up with a 10" sub. The sound was okay but nothing special, the disc also stopped functioning before I could see the music part on this set.
Overall I found the PSB set MSRP of $599 to sound far more pleasing to the ear of all the setups I heard. It was a smooth, clear delivery and very life like vocals without needing to be driven to ridiculous levels. The viewing room was larger than my bedroom where this setup will currently be used. I was standing a reasonable distance away similar as if I was watching the movie on a couch. I tried to position myself as real life distance to get a better idea of how it sounds.