Hello, we are looking for a compact speaker system for our living room. Our living room is quite open and also has our kitchen and dinning room and stairs. Basically, the sound is going to bounce everywhere. These are for my parents. A few suggestions were made on Bose from them. They do make compact speakers and the sound is decent but for the price, I would rather get something else. Hell, you guys may even say that $800 for a compact set for people that don't have accurate ears in a room that has no sonic treatements may be a waste and is too high. I agree. I'd rather stay in the $500 zone. The AudioEngine 5+'s seem like a good choice for my parents. What do you guys think. They would preferablly also like a small sub. No receiver will be present. So just a verya ll in one compact and versatile package. Nothing bigger than the AudioEngine 5+ though.