Originally Posted by whatever16
Yes on the spouse. I was planning on wall mounting all three of them...
I feel ya! My wife keeps saying "There are real tiny speakers now!" And I keep saying "I'm a loudspeaker design engineer, and let me you AGAIN that physics keeps those from sounding as good!" "Hofmann's Iron Law" says that tiny speakers have no bass and/or are power hungry. And in my experience, somehow just are missing some of the life of the music, like 128k MP3 or something. That is the difficulty with on-walls, thin=little air volume.
Are in-walls possible? What is behind that wall? Because a fiberglass stuffed wall cavity equals like a 3.5ish cubic foot cabinet, which is large. That, and elimination of the first early reflection, are advantages of in-wall over on-wall.
If not, some of the brands mentioned have good engineers, I would just say that yes you need to listen and be able to return
what you don't like. I also +1 for Crutchfield, their customer service has been good in my and friend's experiences.
To test on-walls, you could make pair* of L-shaped "stands" out of a tall piece of like 1x8 and another piece along the floor and a 90 degree shelf bracket. Or just shove stuff up against the 1x8 (or 1x6 or whatever). The point is to make a temporary hanging spot to listen to the speakers without actually mounting to the wall yet. Also to let your ruler, er, spouse, see how the LOOK which let's not kid ourselves is very important.
And if that still does not meet the approval factor, you could turn to this stuff I worked on once upon a time
*I say pair because the center is probably hard to mount like this due to the TV. The L/R will give you a way good enough idea about the sound.