Originally Posted by chuckJ
You're knocking B & Ws??? I have the Bose AM10 setup (yes, I know) I'm trying to replace them with a good cube, small module surround system. I was told by a sales guy in a HT store that B & Ws are really good for what I'm looking for.
I was considering the B & W, Definitive Technology and Mirage brand. Don't want to spend no more than $1300 for the complete setup (including the subs) if I can help it!
Look at the brands you were considering: Def. Tech and Mirage are predominately surround sound speakers, and though for HT applications they're excellent, I wouldn't touch them with a barge poll for high end stereo applications.
I realize that the original poster said it was for 80% HT, but bear in mind a quality stereo speaker will have MUCH better soundstaging, which would greatly contribute to the overall ambiance of the film.
Thus the reason to TRY before you BUY. Again, I've heard literally dozens of speakers while shopping for myself, my family and my friends, and will never say that there is a "best speaker"; to each his own. However, I feel that proper auditioning will reveal that the B&Ws are top sellers because they look good and have a big name. I don't like the overly eclectic brands either; they can also be very bad.
Mission M Cubes are well rated for compact applications, so are the Monitor Audio radius speakers. B&W have some critically acclaimed satellite speakers (forget model) with their equally acclaimed PV1 subwoofer (the latter most likely being the main contributor to the satellite package).
EDIT: I never bought B&W myself. My first pair of speakers were some Focal Chorus 707S, followed by my Dynaudio Audience 62s, which I purchased recently. It's not that the bass was too loud, its that it was not as tight as the likes of Dynaudio. (Bear in mind that I have a Roksan Kandy MkIII Integrated Amp, so there was no question of a lack of power.)
For the record, I think plugs are totally useless; if you have to use them, you bought a speaker that is too big for your room (most of the time).