Looking to upgrade my home theater speakers (just got a flat panel TV and jumped on the deal for the Onkyo 809 receiver)
While *I* prefer sound quality over everything else, the wife....not so much. She wants "small" speakers, right now I have a set of front and centers that I built forever ago (I think its the "Dayton HT" design that was on the parts express tech site). She says those are too big, so Im guessing bookshelf speakers are out.
Also complicating the issue is that half of our living room is open to the upstairs and fully open to the dining room right behind it. All in all it becomes a pretty large space. I realize I cant make it sound perfect, but Ill settle for the best I can get it (Im hoping Audyssey can help out too)
The 809 seems like overkill for compact cube-type speakers, but for the price I dont feel like I wasted anything. But now I need speakers.
Any suggestions? I was looking at the Energy sets (Take 5 or RC Micro) for smaller speakers. I also saw references to a discontinued Boston Acoustics set that seems to have gotten good reviews even in a large room like mine. Most of our use would be for TV/movies with the occasional jaunt of loud angry music when the wife and kids are gone. I already have a separate sub (Dayton 10" powered), so could run with that for now.
Budget wise Id like to keep it in under 350 or 400 if possible. I know for that much I can get Pioneer bookshelf speakers! But again there is the WAF butting in
Thanks in advance.