Compact Speakers for Small Room
Here's the story. The connection clips on my rear/satellite speakers (Polk RM7s) broke so I had to rig the speaker wire to get sound which is not reliable. I either need to replace them (Polk TL1's should match) or I COULD potentially upgrade.
The lay of the land:
Room: 10 L x 12 W x 8 H den that I use to watch TV (football and movies). It's partially open; one side has a pony wall on half of it.
Fronts: Polk Audio RM8's (sitting on floating shelves next to wall-mounted TV)
Center: Polk Audio RM8C (wall mounted below wall-mounted TV)
Rear/Satellite: Polk Audio RM7's (broken clips)
Subwoofer: Klipsch R-100SW
Receiver: Yamaha v373
Uses: family movie nights 2x/month, an occasional action flick since daddy is home alone, and occasionally for football.
My current setup is marginally satisfactory for the frequency of use; it's meh but gets the job done. However, I am getting older and vocals are getting a wee harder to understand.
Option 1: Replace just rears for $140 with Polk TL1's.
Option 2: Replace 5.0 for a little more, $270, and make a small upgrade to Polk TL2's. It just seems like a better value than option 1.
Option 3: Replace 5.0 or 5.1 with something that would improve vocals and richness, let's say $500 to $1000. I could go to $1500, but I'd rather not since that will cost some political capital (see constraints below).
Constraints: wife's opinion - she doesn't care for home theater and would get rid of it if she could. However, she tolerates speakers if they are small and cute. I take that to mean that 10" tall is ok if it's has a nice shape/aesthetics like a Focal Evo (i.e not just a box). She hates the sub, but oh well I can't change the laws of physics. The center channel needs to be wall mountable.
I need your help deciding between the options. If I end up leaning towards option 1, I'll just jump to option 2 since it's cheap. I doubt I would have regrets with choosing option 2 over 1. However, I could have regrets if I don't explore option 3 which is where I need your help. I've read all the posts on NHT SuperZeros, Polk S10s, larger driver is better, etc... However, I do have the constraint of small and cute unfortunately. What could I do for option 3?
Thanks in advance for the help!