I note that Sony speakers are usually of somewhat "iffy" quality. Has anyone heard the new line (K-series) bookshelf, tower, center speakers from Sony? Did they improve any? Or are they the same-o same-o shoddy quality they've always been? What else in this price range is any better?
Can't comment on the K-series but I know what you mean with the Sony's quality. Cambridge Soundworks, Klipsch (Synergy Series) and Athena are worth looking at in that price range as well. Personally, I have a pair of Cambridge Model Sixes (99 Bucks) with a BassCube 10 (199) and it sounds as good to me as speakers several times its price. Thats just my opinion, although the Model Sixes are pretty well reviewed online.