I'm looking at getting into this HiFi audio stuff, but my difficulty is finding speakers of a reasonable size for my environment, but still with excellent performance. I'll be in a university apartment for the coming year, and then in a probably equally small living space for however many years of grad school afterwards, so I'm trying to find something compact enough to work for a very small room with non-ideal dimensions. I can't pump out full volumes either due to neighbor concerns.
I originally was looking through bookshelf speakers in general, but I've started to narrow my tastes to the more compact speakers due to limited space and positioning I'll have available. My price range is at or around $500, mainly looking at used. Everything will be driven by a Denon 2310/890 receiver. I don't have a decent sub yet, and probably will not be getting one for a good while. I have listening tastes across the board, everything from classical and jazz on through metal and techno/dance.
Previously, I was looking at NHT's Classic Three, Epos ELS 3, Mirage OMNI 150s, and Energy RC10s. Most of those are "normal" sized speakers for that range, however, and may be bigger than what would work for me. So I've started looking at smaller packages that still offer great sound.
I'm looking primarily at Totem's Dreamcatcher and Mite speakers. They seem to get great reviews, although availibility is limited. Also looking good is the Silverline Minuet. It's a lot harder to try and find front monitors categorized by size, so I was hoping that some of you with a bit more experience in the market would have some ideas for what to look into?
Thanks for any suggestions. I'm not entirely sworn off getting something on the slightly larger end, but simply have a preference for smaller for the time being.
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