You need to commit some time & effort into your speaker selection.
Yes, my local, now liquidating Circuit City just increased the percentage markdowns a notch. Sure, take a look there. I was there yesterday & the speakers they had on the floor did not impress me.
Also look beyond CC & Best Buy to seek out local independent A/V dealers. That gets into more & probably better brands.
The Bose cubes is not a preferred choice among most posters here. From experience I know of several who enjoyed the Bose but have had reliability problems.
To get some updating about speakers the Feb 2008 free online issue of Playback has an article listing a core of better choices of bookshelf speakers under $1000. Check it out at: http://magazine.playbackmag.net/playback/200802/?u1=texterity
There are literally over a couple hundred speaker brands. The above concise list is about as good as any.
Remember, the reason here is for you to enjoy for many years.
I am setting up a new home theater in my basement. It is a fairly large room, hexagonal is shape, and about 30 feet from front to back and 25 feet from left to right at its widest point.
It is going to be a 7 speaker setup. I don't know what speakers to get. My budget is roughly $1,000; point me in the right direction. It will most likely be powered by an Onkyo 606 (will take suggestions for receiver too).
Right now I have an Infinity TSS-800 in my bedroom, which I like.
I was looking at trying to get the Bose cube speaker set at Circuit City, if the price was low enough.
Remember $1,000 budget and open to all suggestions.