Ok I covered some of these above but I'll reply to each question here...
Originally Posted by bluewizard
I have to ask if the problem that you want new speaker, or that the Projection Screen is going to cover the speaker when it comes down? Presumably it does come down.
Initially I just needed to figure out a way of using the SVS SCS-01. My solution was going to be mounting a shelf to the side of those columns but the depth of the column (6") vs. the depth of the speaker (9.5") made that solution a little awkward. So then I considered buying Prime Satellites to hang from the beam on either side of the columns to use when the projector screen is down. But I'm not convinced that option would be significant enough for movie viewing/gaming. So then I started down the trail of buying taller Towers. The thought of upgrading the sound, while solving the initial problem, seemed like a great idea.
How much to you like your existing speakers?
I like them. But I've never had anything better so I can honestly say, they're the best I've ever had. But you don't know what you're missing, unless you know what you're missing.
How wide is the Projection Screen relative to the Posts on each side of the system?
With the screen down it comes within an inch to the outside edge of each column.
If you have room to place two Floorstanding outside the posts, then you have room to place the existing speakers on Stands outside the Posts.
On the right side, I'm not concerned. No foot traffic goes through there. On the left side however, everyone in the household (including 2 littles) go through to access the workout area, laundry, or use the squat rack like a jungle gym. One of the reasons I was looking at "beefy" speakers to ensure there's less chance that they don't get knocked over. To set the speakers up permanently on stands would have me concerned that they'd topple over like Jenga blocks if one of the littles bumped into it or if someone was walking through with a full laundry hamper.
With the Screen come down far enough to cover the actual Center Speaker? I get the impression that the problem is not the Center speaker, but the Left/Right speakers? Yes ...no ...maybe?
Yeah the center speaker isn't an issue at all when the screen comes down. In my previous custom cabinet I built (malamine shelving, screws, glue, caulking, and spray paint...looked fine at the time, ugly as sin in the end) the left and right front speaker had a home. I wanted to migrate all my av components and equipment to the front where my TV was so I went with a Besta TV unit that could accommodate it all. Well, everything but the left and right fronts. Won't even get into the fact that I had to rip apart those two columns in order to fit the Besta TV unit in as the space between them was 7/8" too short. Attached a "before" shot.
If you want floorstanding, give us a budget, and as you can see there will be no shortage of recommendations.
I think $1400 before taxes would have to be it. The ones above is what I found just briefly browsing some retailers here in Canada. Being able to cash in on a great sale helps.
However, if you simply want to solve the problem, the I'm sure there are solutions to that too.
One example, simply move the Left/Right speakers onto stands. If you can't find stands of the right size (unlikely) then have some custom made. It is not that hard to find a cabinet maker, carpenter, or hobby woodworker to do the task for you. Perhaps even some kids at the high school or local Tech School looking for a project and a chance to make some money.
Yeah I covered that above. The fear of the towers toppling over while on the stands. Doesn't help that this is a basement area with an uneven floor, especially at the base of those columns. I guess I could potentially just place them on the stands when the projector is in use. I browsed amazon.ca but could find any that were tall enough (26" or more) but had a large enough base plate (7"w x 8 3/4"deep).
It seem, at least to me, we are talking about two different things. One is upgrading the speakers to floorstanding. Not a problem if that is what you want to do. Just give us a working budget. The other is finding a way to place the existing speakers, so they are not covered by the screen. That to has simply solutions. Do you have a preference for one solution over the other?
I'm really quite open to either. If I upgrade, I obviously would want a significant improvement. The only possible concern I guess would be needing to get a new center channel as well. And as someone mentioned above, they themselves are having issues finding one that fits their cabinet.
Sidenote. Nobody seems to have love for the Polk speakers huh? I wasn't thrilled with the curved cabinet, but from what I was able to hear through videos on the internet they seemed pretty decent.