My wife and I are building a house and I am trying to plan the sound system for the living room. It needs to be minimal in nature for purposes of decorating, so I am keeping it to a stereo setup. I wanted to just go with in-wall Polk 265-LS's (I have Onix Reference 1's and I like the Vifa ring radiator tweeters), but my wife hates that idea because it could get in the way of artwork. The builder runs a tube behind the fireplace from the TV so that I can hook up my electronics on the side of the room, but my wife wants them to hide in a small side table so I think I have settled on a small Class D Bluetooth Amp, specifically this one:Grace Digital GDI-BTAR502 Bluetooth Amplifier HD
I am trying to figure out what to pair it with. Apparently I can either get bookshelves or floorstanders, but my wife really doesn't want there to be a subwoofer as they are eyesores. So that makes me lean towards floorstanders. Then, though, when I look at what is available for bookshelves in the price range I am looking at (will go over $1000 but want to remain as close as possible to it), I get upset haha.
Any speaker I pick has to have high attractiveness. That means no black ash, just wood veneers or at least a good knockoff of a wood veneer. I specifically like speakers where I can leave the grilles off and there is wood on the front as well, rather than a black baffle.
As such, I have been looking at the Polk RTI A7's.
I was looking at the Wharfedale Diamond 9.6's as well but they seem to be discontinued and replaced with speakers with black baffles. ARGH!
Then I started looking... - oh, I could get Paradigm Studio 20's for $1600... Of course with no Sub they would be lacking, but they would certainly be more refined than the Polks. And, as a plus, they are absolutely beautiful.
One of my concerns is with a 40w at 8ohms Class D amp, am I going to run into issues with any of these speakers? It is going to be a very large open room, I don't need insane volumes but would like to get it decently loud. I suppose high sensitivity would be a plus.
The living room also has 18 foot ceilings so that is an acoustics factor. Here is the floorplan showing the 18 foot ceilings in the living room: http://www.coventry-homes.com/floorplan/the-omega/
Who can tell me what I should do?! Any suggestions for other speakers I should be looking at? Please help!