Originally Posted by BestInTheWorld
Would the music sound better than the floor standing units, if the bookshelves are paired with a decent sub, say an SVS SB12?
How are mids and highs better in the floorstanders?
I keep hearing it's easier and takes less power to drive floorstanders, BUT that the larger cabinet sizes creates more resonance than a bookshelf.
First things first: what is the size of your room and is it treated?
It is a long held belief by many that stand speakers will deliver better imaging and render more a more pleasing assortment of SQ characteristics in-room than comparable floorstanders. I happen to disagree but that is just my opinion. I do appreciate having a dedicated Mid driver, even with a fairly low X-over to enhance the Bass output, as many designs do. Using the approach I described in the previous post, with a top mounted tweeter design, Music actually floats in the air (think Young Frankenstein and Cloris Leachman's vioin) and even when approaching from another room there is very little difference in SQ from in-room.
The option you offer of the SVS sub is intriguing and quite possibly would make for a better overall presentation if the sub can be blended properly. This should be less of a chore with the bookshelfs as it is with floorstanders, especially if not using room EQ. Are you going the purist route with the signal?
I have been using 2.5 way towers of similar size and spec. as your choices in an untreated
carpet over concrete slab room of roughly 10.5' W x 17' L for over 10 years now. But it wasn't until I plugged in a processor with Audyssey MultEQ XT that I was able to fully achieve the sound I wanted in-room. The proper blend of SUB and floorstander can be an elusive little minx
in a difficult room. The SVS sub and bookshelf combination would free you in many respects to both expand the system, whenever desirable, and also deliver better articulated low Bass with Music only content.
Cost-wise it is often pretty much of a toss-up between Bookshelfs and Floorstanders once the stands are factored in. Having a Studio 60 v5 owner like lifeis11
chime in should now be very helpful.