Generally speaking, loudspeakers
should enjoy a relatively long life in your system. That's doubly true for budget bookshelf models -- you can pick up a pair for front channel duty when you start out your HT system, migrate them to rear-channel surround duty on your first speaker upgrade, and then move them to another room when you dive into whole-home audio. Audioholics
took seven budget (and a couple of higher-priced) bookshelf speakers and had a showdown based on sound quality alone in a series of head-to-head matchups. We won't spoil the outcome for you, but it turns out that you can score some good performance for not a lot of dollars -- and that's always good news, right?