Originally Posted by JacobC1983
Get the 686 for the rear, knocks off $100
Originally Posted by gspin2k1
The Home Theater area of my living/dining room is only about 150 Square Feet. So smaller is better assuming the sound (for movies) does not degrade by too much. I'm still willing to go with towers if they are better given that bookshelf/sat speakers tend to take up as much space as towers when they are on stands. My only concern is the size of the matching surrounds and/or I hear that if you aren't a good enough distance away from the towers they actually sound worse than smaller speakers? Listening distance is approx 9 feet.
This is a quick picture of the two layouts i'm debating.http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne...6555156&size=o
Anyway gonna look into those B&W speakers...recommended places to buy them?
Thanks a bunch.
Actually, that's what I meant in my list above, I meant 686, but typed 685. The 686 matches the HTM62 perfectly. 4x 686 is $960
Towers start to make sense when you have a very large room to fill. While they don't really take up more floorspace, the problem now is cost. They just cost a lot more and will eat into your budget if you are limited. Also, at 9 feet away, you don't need the capacity of the floorstander. If anything a smaller speaker tends to sound more precise in the imaging (the ability to create a soundstage) as there are fewer drivers emitting the sound.
I'd say getting a bookshelf + a good sub is better than getting a good tower (say the 683) and a cheaper sub. A good sub is important because cheaper subs can mess up the bass line if they sound boomy or inaccurate.
Looking at your layout I sort like 1,2,3 more. It's too bad that you'd be so close to the rear right speaker. I'd almost be tempted to skip the rear speakers for a while first and see if you can live without them as rear speakrs will be too easy to locate if you have it so close to the side of the couch. You would definitely want to wall mount it to get it higher above your head so it's not blasting into right ear.
As for a good store, B&W dealers can only sell locally so you have to find the closest dealer to you. B&W is pretty strict on that.