Originally Posted by Williams2
It's probably best to go listen to as many speakers as possible in your price range, bookshelf and towers. Especially larger towers in a smaller room. What if there's too much bass? Stuff socks in the ports I guess but kind of a waste. And your daughter can still poke at or knock over tower speakers.
Unfortunately, listening to the speakers on my short list is going to be difficult considering their age/scarcity/etc. That's why I'm looking to the experience of folks on the forum for recommendations given my requirements.
Keep in mind, I'm coming from a 2.1 setup. I'm not ditching my sub because of too much bass, I'm ditching it for simplicity's sake in my smaller office.
Originally Posted by Leon O
What are your sound preferences and what sonic characteristics would you like to change from your current 2.1 system? For instance, if you want rolled off highs (softer) to help mitigate reflections in a fairly hard room, than you may want to stick with soft dome tweeters such as those in the Wharfedale Diamonds. On the other hand, if highs in your current setup and room are too flat, then you may want to look at towers with brighter tweeters (such as aluminum domes).
For a more neutral sounding speaker with detailed highs, I'd consider throwing the Emotiva Airmotive T1 speakers into the mix. Note - there are not many reviews available on the T1's yet, so there are not many posts about them yet.
I like a warm sound, wide sound stage, clear and detailed, and a deep low end. My current bookshelves are Chane A1RXCs, and I love the way they handle highs and practically disappear into the soundstage. More than the sonic characteristics, what I'm looking to change most about my current setup is just simplicity. My office is much smaller than my old one, and I just want the sub out of the way/out of the equation. I listen to a lot of electronic music, and the Chanes just don't do it for me without a sub involved.
I haven't noticed a lot of problems with reflections in the room, despite the hard surfaces, but I also wouldn't consider the Chanes especially bright in the first place.
I've checked out the Emotiva Airmotive T1s a little bit, but honestly, I just hate the way they look. I could never be happy with them, regardless of sound. I know a lot of people may scoff at that and think function is always more important than form, but I can't spend my money on something that's going to sit right in front of me every day that I think is that ugly.