Originally Posted by MinorRain
I usually watch movie and listen to music. My room is not very big, but its not small. And it is wide open.
Sorry, some more questions:
When you say wide open, do you mean wide open to other adjacent rooms?
What are the dimensions of your room including rooms that are open to your listening room?
With speakers, we can only give suggestions because we don't know what type of "sound" you like - some speakers are warm sounding, others won't go very loud but are very accurate, still others are very lively with brighter highs and can play LOUD. Any idea what you do like?
You currently have KEF, do you like those? Most people consider KEF to be warm speakers - mine were the warmest speakers I ever owned as I found out I actually like brighter speakers. They are really great speakers, just not for everyone.
Originally Posted by MinorRain
So, due to my dimension restriction, my center channel speaker has to be less than 5 inches. Do you have any suggestions for decent center channel speakers?
Currently I'm looking at Kef Q700s as well. My spending range is 1500 for the tower speakers and center.
Additional Questions, Do I really need a center channel speaker?
There is debate about this, but in my opinion: Yes, you need a center speaker. Unless you are going to sit directly between your front speakers in the exact center when watching movies and nobody else will ever sit anywhere else.
I have a lot of suggestions for center speakers. The first is that the center should be the best speaker in your HT (or very close to the fronts) which usually means just as expensive. The center speaker reproduces a large part of soundtracks and multi-channel music and should be the sonic superior (or at least equal) of the front speakers.
The KEF towers you suggest ($750 ea) will take your entire budget - that's a rough start.
For those towers, it looks like the matched center would be the Q200c which is 7.1" tall (and another $500) - is there no way that you can put a center speaker somewhere else? Above the monitor / screen? Move a shelf, etc? A limit of 5" height for a center speaker means that the mid range drivers are going to be 4" or smaller - you are not going to get any mid-bass from a driver that small and that is where some human voices live (on the frequency spectrum) - you want to be able to understand the actors!
My other suggestion is that if you really like the KEF, you probably don't need front towers that big unless 1) you don't want a sub or 2) you listen to music without the sub or 3) you want your system to be able to be really loud (in that case there are better choices than KEF). Smaller towers like the Q500 will allow for center speaker budget and will probably sound identical with an AVR doing bass management and sending the low bass to a subwoofer.
My suggestions are all 7" to 8" tall (as they all have 6"+ drivers) - you should demo them:
Your suggested KEF Q200 - I've never heard it buy you should go listen to it
NHT TwoC Center Channel Speaker - $550
Paradigm Monitor Center 3 - $600