I was looking specifically for 8 ohm, 5.1 surround sound speakers at a budget price for my Carver integrated amplifier. And I found the Insignia 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker Systemat Best Buy for only $150, on sale that week. The Insignia speakersaren't quite as powerful as I wanted, only rated at a maximum load of 50w of power whereas my Carver int-amp puts out 80w of power per channel at 8 ohms. But as long as nobody tries to turn the volume all the way up on my amplifier, these speakers should work fine for my home theater system.
What I like about these speakers is that they're two-way satellite speakers, having both a treble and a mid-range woofer. That's something you don't see very often in budget priced speaker models that makes the Insignia modelespecially worth considering. The sound is crisp and clear. These speakers have speaker posts for the wires, and the wires can be fed directly into the speaker posts, or you can use banana plugs for an even better connection. The satellite speakers can be mounted on the wall, or placed on a shelf.
The wire that comes with these speakers is only 22 gauge speaker wire, and really isn't very good for distances longer than 9 feet away from the amplifier. I bought 18 gauge speaker wire separately for the 30 foot length of wire that I needed for mounting my rear speakers on the back wall.
The powered subwoofer can be connected with either a high level speaker feed that connects the speaker lines to the subwoofer first before powering the satellite speakers, or with a low level, preamplifier RCA jack input if your amplifier has that capability. I personally use the low level input for the subwoofer, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. The subwoofer is a reasonably large 8" in diameter, and it has its own separate volume control that I especially like. I can turn up the boom when I'm having a party and turn down the boom when I'm having a headache. The crossover frequency is variable, and with just the turn of a knob, I can increase or decrease the amount of subwoofer playing range in my movies and music, really giving me a lot of room for personalizing my audio experience to just the way I like to hear it.
If there's a better 5.1 home theater speaker system out there for the under $250 price range, I haven't found it. I highly recommend the Insignia 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker Systemfrom Best Buy.