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I agree regarding compromise, but want to suggest an additional perspective beyond timbre matching from someone who runs front wides.
- they are not ambiance signals, expect them to be driven to output levels similar to the LCR
- if you use small, less sensitive speakers, your room correction will drop your LCR signal level until they all match, leaving you with an obvious weak link.
So, small wides that are 6dB less sensitive than your LCR result in -6dB cut to the LCR, so the wides receive 4x the wattage of the LCR speakers. If that's not appetizing, match sensitivity and power handling across the front as well as timbre. Clearly, reduced power handling is the less of these evils, as you're only talking 3dB delta in headroom between 100 and 200W.