Originally Posted by ehatch
That angled wall might be a little shallower than I depicted, meaning I would have a bit more room, but regardless it sounds like my best option is bookshelves.
Given that, how would (any) bookshelves be with a phantom center? Am I better off waiting/saving to buy LCR all at once? (The answer is probably yes, so revise question to how much better?)
Despite what others have said the DefTec towers are "not" normal tower like say the Elac F5 or Polk Signature S50 as they not only have a woofer firing out one side, they also have a driver firing out the back in addition to the standard drivers on the front.
To believe this does not bring with it special placement issues is just plain silly, especially with a hulking entertainment unit in between them and close walls to the side and rear.
And, keep in mind, the matching center is $400 now but "normal" price is $500 and it has an upward firing bass radiator which would truly suck if placed inside an entertainment unit. That center needs free space above it.
But, it is best buy and if you like the sound bring them home and decide for yourself.
Slim towers are not too much for your room, THOSE towers and matching center, because of their design, are not appropriate for your room.
For $1000 for your LCR you can certainly get 3 excellent speakers for your room...but I'd start with the vendors offering free returns.
The Aperion 4T or 5T towers might interest you. Their center is a 3 way for just $299 which is a great price.
A pair of 4T towers is $598/pair with free returns.
If you like them, keep them and get the center for a total of $897.
Some of the other free return companies I listed have free returns on towers as well.
For that room?
I'd still not get towers as my current towers, and they are not large with a single 7" main driver, 1" dome tweeter and front port. sounded far better 2 feet from the rear wall and 3 feet from the side walls than they did within a foot of either.