The bookshelf vs tower thread got me thinking about my own options for an upcoming purchase. Rather than hijack that thread, I thought I'd get people's opinions regarding my specific case in a new thread. I'd love to hear from people who have listened to both speakers as well as some thoughts on theoretically which system should be better.
Here are my options. Same cost for each system.
Option 1: Kef R500 (tower; 2 x 5.25" bass, 5" MF, 1" HF; 46Hz-28kHz) + R200c (same drivers as tower; 65Hz-28kHz) + Rythmik F15/D15
Option 2: Kef R300 (bookshelf; 6.5" bass, 5" MF, 1" HF; 50Hz-28kHz ) + R600c (one more bass driver than bookshelf otherwise the same; 60Hz-28kHz) + Rythmik F15/D15
This is for a family room (not sealed off). The room is 10ft to the MLP and ~25ft wide. 14ft sloped ceiling. Directly connects to kitchen and other living areas.
Option 1 gives an extra bass driver vs the bookshelf, but both the tower and center of option one has smaller bass drivers. Option 2 gives one less bass driver in the L/R, but it's bigger. Plus the center in option 2 has larger drivers than option 1.
So, for the distance to the MLP and size of the room, plus considering I'll have a decent sub, is it better to have the extra driver in the towers or go with bookshelfs with one less but larger bass driver plus larger bass drivers in the center? One other consideration is that I have a toddler, so I'm a little concerned about the stability of bookshelfs on stands vs towers.