On a scale of 1 to 10, I don't see anything on your list that I would rate higher than a 6, except for the NHT Model 3; that rates a 7 for sure...maybe even an 8.
As long as you are going to spend some money, you should get some really good speakers for your money while you are at it; most of the ones on that list are mediocre, at best.
You could get the PSB Image B6 speakers for $600, and I would rate them an 8 (the PSB Imagine B I would rate a 9, but now we are talking $1000, so forget that). The Monitor Audio Silver RX-1 is $675, and I would give them an 8, plus they will give more bass than the others (but if you are going to use a sub, that is not much of an issue).
I guess those 3; the Image B6, Silver RX-1, and the NHT 3 would be the ones that are definitely winners, but you should cross the rest off of your list. I am sure you will be happy with any of those three. Audio Advisor has detailed specs and pictures for all three on their website, by the way.
The best way to wall-mount is to install a 1-inch thick wood shelf on very solid large strong brackets screwed into the wall studs with 2.5 inch long wood screws (drill 1/8 inch pilot holes for the screws to avoid cracking the studs). You need to use an electronic stud finder to precisely locate the center of the studs.
Put the speaker on the shelf, with four sorbothane or other firm but slightly soft plastic feet under the speaker. You DO NOT want to attach a speaker directly to a wall.
You should make the shelf large enough that the back of the speaker is at least 4 inches from the wall; more is better. These speakers are all about 10-11 inches deep, so the shelf should be 15 to 18 inches deep ( and each shelf will of course have to be wide enough to span two studs for mounting the brackets; probably 20-26 inches).
Also, the front of the speaker cabinet (not just the grille, the actual cabinet) should definitely project out in front of the shelf a little bit (about 1/4 inch).
3M makes some stick-on feet about 1-inch square that are pretty good.
Originally Posted by rolfeskj
Need thoughts on the following speakers. The will be used for fronts in a 5.1 system in a 15 x 20 room. They will be used for mainly home theater. Do NHTs make good HT speakers or are they more of a music speaker? I would like to spend about $600 for the pair but I am open to spending $400 - $800. The ability to wall mount is a plus for me. Thanks
Polk RTi A3 $400/pr
Energy VMini $480/pr
Energy V5.1 $860/pr
NHT Classic 2 $600/pr
NHT Classic 3 $800/pr
Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 $440/pr
Def Tech Studio Monitor 450 $660/pr