Originally Posted by ntrain96
IMO, none of the speakers listed I would consider "amazing" with a tiny cabinet and 4" driver roughly, but I guess it all depends on what you mean by "small". Or how big your willing to go with a pair of monitors?
Well, they're all quality suggestions, just with limited output before they begin to sound "thin," so it depends on what you mean by "amazing." I suppose that a small speaker that can get rather loud would be amazing, that is true, but it depends on what the OP is looking for.
The CBM-170 SE would make for a really big "satellite" speaker, but the Ascend Acoustics HTM-200 SE
sounds a lot like it while being significantly smaller--less than half the total volume, with a footprint of only 6.5" x 6.375". The latter makes it my current favorite for small satellite replacement speakers when size still matters. Its efficiency is decent, its power handling is very good, and it can get loud cleanly for its size. While it can't quite keep up with larger speakers when loud and its midwoofers are only 4", the HTM-200 SE has two
of them in a compact package, which does make its capabilities pretty amazing for its size, in my opinion. The main caveat is that it doesn't dig real deep in terms of bass extension (by design), but it works well when crossed over to a subwoofer even as low as 80 Hz.