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post #1 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 05:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi,

I live in a small apartment and currently have a Denon AVR-1713 receiver and two Polk Monitor50 Series II floorstanding speakers (2.0 system; I think a subwoofer would be overkill given apartment size and thin walls, but I may be wrong). I like the speakers mostly for their dimensions (35"H x 7"W x 9 5/8"D) and specifically their depth dimension (or lack thereof), but they are not of course high-end speakers. The "living room" is approximately 15.5ft x 10.5ft. Given the small living room and the thin walls of the apartment, is there a higher quality (vs. the Polk Monitor 50) floorstanding speaker that anyone recommends, or is it pointless given my situation (as in I would not be able to fully appreciate whatever new speaker I get given my inability to really turn up the volume)? I am in no rush to buy, and am willing to be patient and wait for closeouts.

I'm thinking $200 - $500 per speaker. I would be willing to pay more, but I'm not sure I have yet developed the ear to really appreciate the incremental improvement in sound quality. But if there are speakers above that range (or below that range) that are highly recommended, I would certainly consider them.

Usage: 75% Music, 25% TV/Movies

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Check these out. Kef Q700's. I've been eyeing these for a while now.

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Or you could try the Q500's. Which would be a closer match to your size requirements, while still sounding great. Also, these Kef's have plenty of bass.

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The KEF speakers are very good.

The PSB Image T5 speakers are also something I would look hard at. You can get a pair of them for $799 at Saturday Audio Exchange. Excellent speakers, and they have a small footprint, which is great for an apartment.

You will find the PSB speakers, or the KEF, much nicer to listen to than the Polks, I think.
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Check these out. Kef Q700's. I've been eyeing these for a while now.

Or the iQ90s at KefDirect for $329 each.

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Good for music and home theater - Focal, new in the box at AC4L
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/focal/results/1.html

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Those Focals do look nice, and I've heard great things about them. How would they compare with the Kef Q700? I know its two different price categories, I'm just curious.

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if annoying your neighbors is an issue think hard before getting too big of a speaker. I made the mistake and got very large tower speakers (mirage omd28) and it was REALLY impressive how much sound they sent not only one floor down but two! even very quiet the low frequencies travelled nicely through the floor.

i had to give them up and got large bookshelf speakers and haven't heard any complaints since. they sound good but are clearly a downgrade from my towers...

and a subwoofer, a good one at least, would be even worse....
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I will research them now. Happy Holiday Season!
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