How much of a step down is it really from the 7004s to the 7006s?
I've been pretty happy with a ProCinema 100.6 setup for the last 8 years. Now I'm adding a second system (almost exclusively for HT), and I've mainly been considering small floorstanders (with the leading contender being the Monitor Audio RS6s). I've always been curious about the Def Tech powered towers, but upon hearing them in dealer showrooms, I usually end up disappointed. With music, I really miss the imaging you get from a good pair of monopoles.
But I've always heard good things about them, and I have a hard time assessing speakers in an unfamiliar showroom anyway. So at the urging of a salesman, I decided to give them a try at homerealizing that that there was a good chance that I'd return them. From a budget and size standpoint, the 7006s are where I want to be, but the salesman strongly recommended the 7004s so that's what I went with.
Turns out I really did like them. Maybe they don't have pinpoint imaging, but it is much less obvious when simply enjoying the music than it is in an A-B comparison. Even compressed stuff from my iPod was pretty engaging. I was satisfied with the sound, and they really seem to fit what I'm looking for...
...that is except for the budget/size thing I mentioned earlier. I ended up returning them.
I could probably rationalize the extra $$$ if the benefits were dramatic enough, but I'm sorry to say that the dealbreaker was that they were just too big for the room. It doesn't help that they are so bland and boxy. The 7006 would probably work for me, but I'm a little gun shy right now. I don't really have a lot of time to spend setting up and evaluating another set of speakers at moment, so for now I'll just have to seek some opinions. Any advice from those who have debated between these two models? My room isn't terribly large. It's roughly 12' deep x 20' wide x 7.5' high, and I'll be sitting about 9 feet from the mains.