Originally Posted by RayGuy
RSL has good looking speakers. They should be on the short list.
That said, from an aesthetic perspective, speakers on stands or tower speakers just outside the cabinet would present a far better look than the extended wall mount scenario you are considering. For an inexpensive (relatively) entry into this realm, look at Polk S55 and Q Acoustics 3050i. For bookshelf options Polk has the S15 and QA has the 3020i or the Concept 20. If sleeping in your own bedroom is a priority in your life, you might give some consideration to this advice ...
screw it i sleep in my own room anyway haha since i’m usually up till 2-3am and she’s goes to bed at 9 then up at 6..
i snore really loud too.
Originally Posted by motrek
Sounds like rbfastback is running up against some space constraints to even place a subwoofer to the left/right of the entertainment center, much less two tower speakers and a subwoofer. Dunno.
Although with two tower speakers, you might not need a subwoofer. I have two towers and I think my setup sounds good. It only goes down to 40Hz so it's not shaking my house's foundation, but lots of nice sound systems only go down to 40Hz.
If you're going to have each tower a couple feet away from the TV though, I think a center channel becomes a necessity...
I'm inclined to suggest getting rid of the top shelves in those decorative cabinets (not sure if they're removable??) and putting bookshelf speakers in those spots, but then you're really limiting your options by cutting out any rear-ported speakers. The NHT SuperOnes should fit nicely with that shelf removed...
Originally Posted by RayGuy
Good observations. The NHT and RSL options are sealed / front ported designs, so they would be 1a and 1b on the shelf-placement options list. Agreed about the necessity for a center channel if the speakers are so far apart. However, the center speaker needs to be at the front of the cabinet, not the back (as the current one is shown), otherwise the early reflections will ruin the dialog and generally muddy the sound. He might even consider a three channel passive soundbar at the front of that cabinet, if there is no room for two speakers and the sub in the front of the room.
... what is the height measurement of the opening of the shelves that are on the same level as the center channel speaker? Seems to me that the most cost-effective solution to all your problems is to put speakers there. Then, the sub can go anywhere it will fit.
when i do get the center channel it will be pulled forward to the edge, i just have to adjust the mount on the tv for more space.
that center sounds bar was a super cheap gift that cost nothing and i didn’t want them to feel bad so i just put it there, the tv speakers are better lol.
all shelves are 9.5” openings but read the update below
everyone is definitely right (and EXTREMELY helpful)
trust me those tall decorative cabinets aren’t going anywhere right now and the shelves are not adjustable or removable and i really don’t want to limit the speaker selection by size or rear port or use towers for the main reason of getting more for my money with bookshelves ( i really like the tower look)
i told her this was just a small/inexpensive project (under 800-1000) since till the kids are in school i stopped working.
SO i talked to my her about it an just told her we gotta move some stuff around cuz the wall mounts (no matter what if we keep our decorative entertainment center) will not look good aesthetically and sound as good as it could.
•so i’ll have room for left and right bookshelf’s WITH STANDS on the sides of the tall decorative cabinets!
then the sub i’ll figure out next.
either right side corner or to the left of the left bookshelf.
so no more size restrictions on what bookshelves, and yes the ascends are not the most beautiful and that was pushing me more towards the others lately.
i was looking at the sierra 1’s but they are definitely more and the center channel for those would not work cuz my ocd couldn’t handle a non symmetrical sideways speaker
( i want the center to look similar to most long short centers, like the cmt 340)