Help me pick my new home theater speakers, and get a chance to win $50

Well folks, in the next month, I’ll be moving to a new home… about 100 feet away from my current one. Yes, I’m dead serious… just on the other side of the street! There’s a few reasons for this, and apart from having more square footage, the place is fully wired with Ethernet cables, has a garage and… a fully soundproof 13 by 22 foot home-cinema room. For me, this is a dream come true.

I’ve already chosen a few things to customize my setup, namely a Sony KDL-46XBR4 42″ LCD TV, an Onkyo TX-SR604 7.1 A/V receiver, and a beautiful set of home theatre furniture from JSP. But there is one thing that I can’t make my mind on: Which set of speakers should I choose? Even if my A/V receiver can go up to 7.1, I think I’ll stick with a 5.1 setup for now, which should be a bit less costly. My budget for the speakers? About $1200.

I’m sure there must be quite a few audiophiles/home theater maniacs among you, so with my budget in mind, what do YOU think would work best quality- and performance-wise? A salesman tried to sell me a Black Bose LifeStyle V20 setup, which includes the A/V receiver and remote, but when I heard the sound, I wasn’t convinced that this was the best deal for the price ($2000 CND). Another salesperson tried to pitch a Canton Movie 120 set of speakers, which actually sounded better at half the price, but I’m still not convinced this is giving me the best bang for my buck.

You guys can argue all you want, but at the end of the week, I’ll be giving away $50 via paypal to the person who convinced me to buy the product they’re pitching.