As my tv has limited HDMI ports I was looking at buying an AVR to host all my home entertainment systems ( blu ray player/xbox 360/virgin media etc) and do away with my current one box cinema system (Sony DAV-DZ230) and upgrade in the form of separates.
My budget was limited to around £500 as this was my first venture into home cinema separates and I opted for a Pioneer VSX-827k as my AVR and paired it with these tannoy tfx 5.1 speakers for several reasons;
Firstly, I have 2 young children so didn't want to buy floorstanding speakers (yet) so the tannoy satellites where a good option to mount up high out of their reach oO
Secondly at £300 they were within my price bracket and I was instantly drawn by their sleek design, and I am still always admiring their curves (sounds perverse I know) and shine from the black gloss finish. It just oozes style but it also has a very heavy and solid weight to the speakers which was a surprise. Feels like they weigh a tonne compared to the speakers of my former one box system !
I had read some positive reviews on what hifi, forums and also a colleague at work has this paired with a Yamaha AVR and raved about these speakers.
I have to admit that having been used to a one box system I didn't think there would be much of a difference in sound quality but that couldn't be anyfurther from the truth and my wife and I are really quite amazed especially when watching a blu ray in DTS HD Master Audio. The subwoofer is plenty punchy and I don't even have it turned all the way up and nor do I need the Reciever turned up too high. My Reciever supports 7.1 channels so I will be adding 2 front floorstanding speakers at some point but in the short term, this is ample enough a speaker system for any good sized lounge and for a first entry into home cinema separates. Even watching bog standard TV is enhanced greatly. The wife says corrie never sounded so good oO