Originally Posted by joms
- To be used for 100% movies
- I want it to be able to handle loud volumes such that I won't be afraid that on loud scenes my speakers will get destroyed (hence people turning down the volume)
- I need the fronts to be bookshelves size (no tower)
I'd approach this from a different perspective.
The above recommendations may be fine loudspeakers, especially for music. However hitting the stated objectives of 100% movies (where design attributes like pattern control, and dialog intelligibility are paramount), there's dramatically better suited offerings than suggested above.
Handling the demanding peak energy often associated with soundtracks, without fear of compression, harmonic distortion, or even burning up a driver, in a bookshelf sized loudspeaker, for a budget of $2k, I'd point you toward QSC's K8. I have four of them in surround duty. Prior to mounting them up high for surround use, I hooked them up in LCR fashion in a brief experiment. They blew me away with their smoothness, absolute total lack of non-linearity regardless of how loud I'd dare to play them.
Anyway, a brief experiment ended up being weeks ... and this is when I had my brand new Seaton Catalysts in the next room still in boxes. I enjoyed the sound of the K8s that much. Eventually, of course I set up my new LCRs, and moved the K8s to sides and rears.
You'll never worry about their robustness, bi-amplified, with 1kw on board and DSP aligned and contoured blending of the drivers, these would suit your stated objectives much better than any of the above suggestions. These would give you all the crystal clear dynamic capability you could ask for, with dialog clarity and the ability to handle the big explosive special effects without strain.
There's a different value proposition in pro audio offerings, relative to home audio products. The money is spent not on aesthetic concerns or marketing viability. The money is concentrated largely on performance, and if performance requirements trump appearance concerns, it's a win/win.
There's others that would suit these goals too. One that immediately comes to mind is JTR's single 8. It's passive, but it's well designed, very high quality driver and powerfully capable. Also, diysoundgroup's kits are extraordinary value and performers. AVS'er Erich, offers kits, where all you do is assemble CNC cut wood panels. These compete with products many times their price.
If you have any questions about QSC's K8s I'll be glad to help.
Best of luck