I like the Klipsch Quintets. From everything I have heard they are much more comparable to bigger bookshelf speakers and have a much fuller sound I feel. To each his own, they can be found for about $300-350 for the 5 speakers without subwoofer.
I bought the Atlantic Technolgy T-70 Sat pack from soundcity.com open box for $400. 5 speaker system that is small and black. They are new but without the sub. These speakers are amazing, but really need a sub.
Let me put a word in for another Canadian speaker set, the Orbit 5.1A from Dahlquist. The sats are about the size of a pound of butter, black and aren't as forward in the treble as a lot of tiny sat speakers are. I think they are fantastic for the price, well made and very nice sound IMHO. They come with a sub and a pretty good one too for a small one but you could always sell that or using two subs is definitely not a bad thing