Originally Posted by tommyncal
By this do you mean speakers with larger diameter or more than 1 woofer? Or, are certain speaker components made to 'move more air'?
Greater total driver surface area is what I meant, which can be from larger individual drivers or the combo of multiple drivers. I suppose you could throw horns/waveguides in, as they are made to help the drivers couple to the air more effectively, but that's not really what I was referring to. What I probably should have said was simply this: in your large room you need speakers with plenty of dynamic range.
Not at all. But it will never look like a dedicated home theater. Thanks for the suggestion and I'll do some research on such treatments.
I had narrowed my speaker selection down to a few brands, consisting of bookshelf and towers:
2) Ascend Acoustics CMT-340's
4) HTD L3
Not sure if any of these would work well in my room. The HSU-hb1 speakers are certainly within my price range
A solid list of contenders, some real value heavy-weights.
I'm a firm believer in uninhibited dynamics, particularly in the 80-200 hz range, so considering the large-ish room, I would be leaning towards the Arx A5 or Emp Tek towers if I were you. Either of those, particularly after you add the sub for the lowest octaves, will provide a very punchy, lively sounding rig. If the budget is cast in stone, I would also consider getting the best pair of L/R mains and holding off on the center for a later time.
If you could dig up measurements of all the possibilities you may get (sort of) an idea of how they would interact with the room. The ones with the smoothest off axis response will tend to "play nice." Just keep in mind such measurements are only an indicator of quality design, but not necessarily a sound that will please you the most.
Diffusors can look very artistic and presentable, and absorption panels can be covered with art. Don't forget about plants, cushy furniture, and other clutter, it all helps.