Main uses will be "home theater" for movies, regular TV watching, music streaming (FLAC from my collection of CDs on a NAS, and HQ stream from Spotify).
I've been eying the Energy Take Classic 5.1 (great reviews on CNET and Amazon user feedback) but because of space/fit constraints with center speaker, I am thinking the Energy RC-Micro 5.1 as a guaranteed fit.
I don't know enough to pick and choose individual speakers, but think that might be better bang for buck. At this time I cannot do a DIY solution.
Here are some factors I must work with...
Living Room and Dining Room:
TV: Panasonic TC-P42ST30
- They are really one big rectangular space. However, the LR has a peaked ceiling, rising from the DR, peaking along the center of the LR, and declining to the wall opposite the DR.
- Living Room is 16x21 feet, viewing/seating area 10x12 feet within this space, with large windows on long wall opposite TV
- Dining Room is 10x10 feet, area is to right of TV
AVR: Yamaha RX-V871 - in case you need to know power output
Location of Equipment: Pottery Barn Printer's Media Center
L&R Front Speakers:
Option 1) Ideally, would like to place speakers beside TV within the media hutch, which relegates to maximum width of the speakers to 8 inches ((62.5 interior width - 42.25 for TV - 4 inches for clearance to the sides)/2 speakers). Height can be up to 29 inches. Also, 11 inches depth would be ideal for sitting flush with the edge of the hutch, however, might be able to manage up to 13 inches (wife would prefer not).
Option 2) Alternatively, if placed on the lowest part of bookcase, for aesthetics (per wife) cannot stand upright - longest side up, so taller speakers would be placed on their side. Their maximum height (when normally oriented) would have to be maximum 12.5 inches (14.5 inches wide interior space - 2 inches for clearance on the sides), to fit the interior width of the bookcase. At 11 inches depth, speaker would be flush with the front of the bookcase unit.
Option 1) In front of the TV cannot be more than 3 or 4 inches tall and max 5 inches deep. TV (with stand) does not provide for much clearance for bottom front of TV maybe 3 or 4 inches (eyeballing, 2 to 3 inch bezel and 1.25 inch for stand), without interfering with the TV image, and no more than 5 inches (allowing for clearance front and back) depth.
Option 2) No Go...The media hutch has doors at top that open from bottom to top, with no mechanism to hold open. So no go.
Option 3) No Go...Wife does not want speaker on top of hutch (and would that be too far from the TV - about 14 inches higher?).
Sub-Woofer will not be a problem to place nearby.
Take Classic Dimensions: Sat: 6 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8; Center: 4 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 4 1/8
RC-Micro Dimensions: Sat: 4.7 x 3.5 x 3.5in; Center: 3.5 x 5.9 x 3.5in
Hope this is sufficient information to zero in on what is a good solution. I look forward to your suggestions.