Hello, I'm trying to buy a decent pair of passive bookshelf speakers, a subwoofer, and a receiver for a college apartment. Trying to keep the budget around $300. I've found a couple receivers on craigslist so I'll probably just go that route for the receiver, but I could use some help on the speakers and the subwoofer.
For the speakers, I haven't looked at too much because until recently I had been looking at active speakers. A quick search for popular ones on amazon (that I've also heard about other places) gave me:
BIC America DV62si (http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00006JPDI/)
JBL ES20 (http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES20-High-Performance-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00167340E/)
Polk Audio Monitor 30 (http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-AM3025-A-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0002ZSFTG/)
Cerwin Vega VE-5M (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LSG09Q/)
I'd like to keep the speaker budget under $200 to give me about $100 for the subwoofer and hopefully $50-75 for the receiver. The price range on these is nice obviously, but if I would lose a lot of quality compared to something a little higher, I'd rather spend the money and get something I'd be happy with. In the same price range, I could also get active speakers (I had been looking at the M-Audio AV40's and Swan D1080's), but from what I've heard before, I could get better quality speakers going with passive and a receiver. If I could get a T-amp or something and get active speakers and a subwoofer without the receiver, that would definitely be a good option as well, but I don't really know much about T-amps or if that would even work or whatnot.
For the subwoofer, so far all I've really looked at is the Polk PSW10 (http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-10-Inch-Monitor-Subwoofer/dp/B0002KVQBA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1357753513&sr=1-1&keywords=polk+psw10) and the Dayton SUB-1000 (http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-628), and I've been leaning towards the Dayton. Trying to keep this around $100 and spend more money on the speakers, but I'm definitely open to other suggestions or any information anyone has on either of these.
In the end, I'm trying to buy a decent sound system for my apartment/house next year. I definitely need the subwoofer for parties, but the rooms these will be used in aren't huge and I probably don't need to shake the windows necessarily. Looking for nice room-filling speakers that can go fairly loud, and trying to keep the budget as close to $300 as possible. Any reviews on the products I've mentioned would be great or any other suggestions are more than welcome. Like I said, I don't know a ton about this kind of stuff, so anything helps.