Originally Posted by det1024
Budget: $3,000-$4,000 (entire system)
Size: No restraints, just the smaller the better, please read my first post for details
uses: music / home theater
As for the other details, I have not bought anything yet. No preamp, no receiver, no crossover. Nothing, I would also assume the speaker system would include some bass unit I can hide in a corner that might include a crossover, but again I'm open to any ideas. Thanks!!!
: I would be looking at Denon for your receiver. The X4000 offers fantastic value and has Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and SubEQ. Audyssey calibrates your speakers based on speaker position and room acoustics, and can make a considerable difference in sound quality. Subwoofers tend to need the most help from software like this and SubEQ will do a great job setting everything up.Speakers
: I know you mention smaller is better, but I woud stray from satellite systems. You can get great sound from bookshelves when paired with a capable sub, and this gives you the best of both worlds. Now I am not sure what small means to you, but take a look at the Ascend Sierra-1 and let me know if this is appropriate. This is a fantastic speaker and offers plenty of detail and dynamics, without taking up a huge amount of space. Pair this with the matching center, and maybe a pair of HTM-200SE for surrounds, and you would have a compact, yet capable set of speakers.Subwoofer
: Since you want a compact system, a sealed sub would be a good choice. We need to know your room size to know how much sub to get, but with subs size usually dictates capability. If you buy from Ascend, you can get a discount on Rythmik subs and they offer a lot of great sealed (compact) options. You sacrifice some output with a sealed sub versus ported, but they wil dig deeper and a lot of people prefer them for music.
If those Ascends are still too big, I would suggest just spending a fraction of that budget. Cambridge Audio Minx speakers are very compact and seem to be well liked, but don't expect the same kind of volume and dynamics as the Ascends (or any non-satellite speaker).