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My current setup consists of an Onkyo TX-SR806 Receiver paried with KEF KHT 2005.2 Speakers and a KEF PSW2150 Subwoofer. The subwoofer is no longer working and I'm thinking about just doing a 3.1 Upgrade and keeping my existing surround speakers. The room this system is in is pretty small 8' Wide X 14' Deep. Am I crazy thinking I can fit tower speakers and a subwoofer in this room? Or should I go with bookshelves on stands or possibly the wall? Or perphaps even stick with these small KEF's and only replace the subwoofer.

If you think I can get away with towers I was leaning towards the HTD Lever Two's Towers, HTD Level Two Center, & HSU VTF-1 MK2
Or Some Combination of Front Stage EMP Tek Speakers w/ a HSU Subwoofer
Possibly Polk?

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I should note that I primarily watch movies and television. My music is limited to concerts that are 5.1 and that only accounts for less than 10% of my usage.
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I'm gonna say some ascend 170s up front for all 3 speakers. It looks like you should be able to place a vertical tm like the 170 on your center shelf, angled back slightly. For a sub, a svs sb1000 should do well in a room as small as yours.
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I called up SVS and they recommended the PB1000. Looks like the first piece of the puzzle has set. Now I gotta decide on the the front three speakers. Those Acsend look interesting as well as HTD and EMP Tek brands.
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it might be hard to fit towers into that narrow of a spot and certainly would be overkill..I like the Ascend recommendation, and those could always be moved to the rear, if you are in a bigger room in the future. Also, the HTD level 2 bookshelves would be more than adequate for that room!

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I think I'm giving up on the Tower speaker idea. I am leaning towards the CBM-170's that were recommnded and I'm also looking at the Cambridge S30's & S50.
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I think I'm giving up on the Tower speaker idea. I am leaning towards the CBM-170's that were recommnded and I'm also looking at the Cambridge S30's & S50.

They are good options - either one would be a nice upgrade.
The Cambridge also has good bass.

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+1 Ascend CBM-170 and the Cambridge S30's are both excellent choices.

If you go the Cambridge route ... A pair of S30's and an S50 are essentially the same price so you might consider using a third S30 as your center (they are only 9" tall). Also, they are available on Amazon, if you have a Prime membership you get 30 days to try them out, including free return shipping.

And of course Ascend has a 30 trial period also, but I think you have to pay return shipping (not much if you ship back ground).
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The SL30's seem nice but can't find them on for sale in the USA.

Does anyone have any KEF recommendations that may be superior but a little more different costly...
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The SL30's seem nice but can't find them on for sale in the USA.

The SL30 is outside the USA - we are talking about the S30
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30DO/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Dark-Oak.html

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-Speakers-Dark-Pair/dp/B004NDN9NK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357016017&sr=8-2&keywords=CAMBRIDGE+S30

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I know everyone recommends the S30's but I thought the SL30's had some minor tweaks that edged them ahead along with the Piano Black finish.
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Cambridge Audio pair of S30 with stands and S50 center = $464.97

Ascend Acoustics pair of CBM-170 + CBM-170 center w/o stands = $510.00
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Cambridge Audio pair of S30 with stands and S50 center = $464.97
Ascend Acoustics pair of CBM-170 + CBM-170 center w/o stands = $510.00

The decision is up to you - either one can work for you.

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I ordered the Ascend Acoustics, I like the idea that I bought right from the manufacturer. I can eventually order the HTM-200 for surrounds.

I'm flirting with the option of ordering a single pair of S30's to do a comparison.
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