Originally Posted by DaanalSeed
Well, here's how I define GREAT.
- Strong, deep, but not bloated bass
- Uncoloured, deep, warm mids
- Detailed, crisp highs
- A large, enveloping soundstage
Ah. For speakers with those characteristics, you are going to have to step up your price, however, there are mid-range speakers that can fill those shoes. You'll probably end up spending at least $1000 for such a set though. $2000 would give you an even better set.
Now, I'm not aware of what brands are good and what are bad, but what you gotta understand when building a man cave that mates will use, is that there's a little bit of one-upmanship, and as such, brands do play a little bit of a part, unfortunately.
Budget brands: Sony, Pioneer, Polk, Cambridge Audio, Infinity, BIC-Acoustech
Mid-priced brands: Klipsch, Definitive Technologies, Infinity, JBL, Boston Acoustics, Mirage, Focal
Higher priced brands: Thiel, Martin Logan, Golden Ear
There are a lot more than that, but I would begin looking at the mid-priced brands speakers. Going above that starts to get expensive very quickly.
I worked out that I probably could afford some B&W speakers, maybe a B&W sub as well. Are B&W like Bose / Monster in the sort of "all talk, no walk" category, or or they a legitimate audiophile grade brand? The B&W owners thread on here suggests that they are, but just double checking.
B&W are well-regarded by quite a few posters on these message boards. They can be expensive though and might be a bit out of budget for you if you want towers. Lower priced book shelf speakers can be found for reasonable prices.
Also, looking at the room again, I figured out that at least the speakers will have to be wall mounted. Is that possible with floorstanding speakers? Or will I have to use bookshelf speakers?
You could wall-mount tower speakers if you are imaginative enough. Otherwise I would go with bookshelf sized. B&W does have some well-regarded bookshelf speakers and as long as you go with a subwoofer in addition to the speakers, bookshelf should be fine for your purposes.
I am assuming the size of your room is 3 meters by 3 meters.