Originally Posted by badtlc
I see everyone seems to be mainly focused on bookshelf. I thought maybe the room volume would require towers.
...I have had bad experiences with paper cones in my past.
Usually I'm the guy advocating towers, but if I had your space I'd be putting some not huge but decent-sized bookshelves, ideally 6" woofers, up on decorative shelves. Nothing against those cool brackets noted earlier, but get your wife to find some decorative shelf material that she likes. The shelves could be somewhat wider than the speakers, put knickknacks and/or framed pictures next to them. That would nicen up the space. Note: I don't mean shelves from the floor, I mean something like this https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Dec...W824/203662923
which there are all kinds of in many colors. I would just use the same shelf scheme and the same speakers all around.
Along the right side wall, make up a few maybe 4-6" deep frames with acoustic wedge foam inside. Cover with thin decorative or printed fabric. This is to absorb some of the acoustic energy splashing off that wall. Also, angle both L/R speakers in. The thing is for image width you want the right speaker almost like 45 degrees to reduce upper frequencies off the wall, but on the other hand that might look odd, so ya gotta play with it.
I'd also want a receiver with Audyssey or Dirac, as they are the most powerful room corrections, and that space could probably use help.
Subwoofer...not a small space, then again big subs will resonate through the house. If you ONLY listen on the couch, maybe build nearfield subs all under the couch. If sound leaking into the house is not a big deal because everyone watches movies at once, my recommendations are
- At least 12" woofer (or 2 with at least 10" but better 12" still)
- At least 300 watts RMS and better 500
- Room correction if you don't get a receiver with that (applies more to stereo setups)
- REMOTE CONTROL via hard remote or phone app would be really nice (I have been realizing as I listen at my brother's right now, sitting far and wanting to jack the bass up/down)
As for the budget, get really good bookshelves first. You can get this for $100 https://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=9723
to tide you over if need be-it's what I got my brother for Christmas. Not gonna break his windows but sure adds nice bass.