X-posted (essentially) at avsforum.com too. Ok, so I'm writing with a bit of an update and a question. I posted a little while back when I was trying to figure out what rout to go for a budget speaker set up. I was at the time trying to decide between a Fluance set up (probalby the SX-HTB) and anything else you all might suggest. Well a whole bunch of you suggested the Athena's on clearance and boy amd I glad I listened! So far I've gotten a pair of AS-F1's and an AS-C1. I picked them up at Best Buy, got the floor models and used a coupon for an extra 30% off of open box stuff and have so far paid a total of about $55 for each of the speakers. They sound great and I'm so incredibly happy with myself for the deal I got on them. I was going to wait on the surround speakers, but realize that at these prices it might not be a bad idea to just go for it and get the rest of my set up now, even though I won't need it for a while. Basically I'm now trying to decide between three different paths for the rears. The cheapest would be to get a pair of AS-B1's (I had been concerned about their size, but have realized I think I can get away from that being an issue, I'll just have to be a bit careful with speaker stands and such). The next option i"m considering is to get a pair of the Fluance bipole surrounds, for about $100 per pair, with about $20 of shipping tacked on. The main advantage of this is their size, the bi-pole nature of the speakers (the room is very small, so the speakers are going to be pretty close to the listener, and a more diffuse sound is probably a good idea), and the fact that when I order them for about $60 I can get 250 feet of 12 gauge wire with them (also some bannana plugs, making the total price after shipping about $200 for these). The third, option is to get a pair of AS-R1's, which will probably run me about $190 or so after shipping and all (I think). Now of course before I order anything online I'll head out and see if I can find it in person (and hopefully open box). I noticed one best buy had one R1 on display, but I didn't look into it. What do you guys thing I should do? If I go for anything but the Fluance speakers I'll still have to get speaker wire and such, but even if I go for the R-1's I'll probably have about $100 left in my budget for such things. It'd be nice to do this for under my proposed budget though, and maybe have some money left over for other fun things (like putting some away for a subwoofer). I'd really like to get the R-1's, but I'm really just not sure it's worth it to me at over $80 a peice. Do you think the B1's will be too localized sounding? Anyone know anything about the Fluance bi-pole surrounds? Anyone know where I can find some R1's for real cheap? If I'm lucky I'll find some open box at a Best Buy and can once again walk away with an AMAZING price for such things, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope for that. But I'm sure I could get the B1's for $80, and could probably find some open box ones so I could probably get them for even less. But since I've already saved so much, I'm willing to spend a little more, if it'll be worth it. And am almost leaning toward just spending the extra money and getting the R1's anyway, they'll be a little easier to place and will probably work slightly better for the room anyway. But the price of the B1's makes them awefully tempting. Also any suggestions on where to find cheap speaker wire would be most appreciated! Thanks for any help you guys can offer!