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advice on floorstanding front/tiny surround setup

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I am looking to replace my current setup with a 5.1 setup. My Klipsch KG2.5 bookshelves sound really crappy to me ever since I moved to a new space. Missing detail, sounding flat. Goal is mix of good quality and nice looks, will be used for music, movies and TV of course.

What might work well for me is two floorstanding speakers in the front, matching center speaker that can be wall mounted or on a speaker stand, a not-too-big subwoofer and pair of very tiny white rear channels for wall mounting high up on the walls, horizontally-aligned with our seating position, more or less. Surround effect is nice but more important that fronts sound great, and that the rears can be unobtrusive.

room: 12'6 wide x 19 long, but L-shaped so there is opening on the right side starting 6' from the front

43" flat PDP

sofa 8' from tv, middle of room

Marantz SR8000 AVR

Energy subwoofer I would prefer to re-use.

Area rug, otherwise hardwood floor, no heavy curtains, etc.

budget is $2500, approximately.

One thought was to use the Monitor Audio R45 speakers for the rear channels but I don't know what to pair them up with. Not a huge fan of the wall mounted front speakers, afraid it will bother neighbors, also they seem limited in quality and sort of less attractive.

Related question: the sofa is mid-room, behind it is dining room area. What happens if I mount rear speakers on the far wall, 10' behind the sofa, instead of near the (9') ceiling, to the left/right of the sofa?

Any ideas? Not sure where to start, have been looking at Monitor, Polk, Definitive, Energy, Axiom... Looking for some advice or particularly helpful dealer in NYC. I know its subjective but I few ideas would help.

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I tried some really tiny surrounds (Athena WS15's) with large mains. They sounded OK, but they were noticeably congested compared to the very dynamic front stage.
I will add Onix (**********), Ascend Acoustics (ascendacoustic.com), Swan (swanspeakers.com), and Paradigm to your list.

The rears are the least important speakers in the 5.1 package, so if you really need white surrounds and none of your favorite manufacturers carry them, you can buy the Monitor Audio ones. Of course, it is best to stay within the same brand and timber match, but pleasing the wife is more important. :D

Wall mounted speakers are all right, but in an apartment I advise staying away from it (I assume you are in an apartment because you mentioned you didn’t want to bother the neighbors). Floor standers or some really nice bookshelves is what I would chose.

The best thing to do is take some familiar music and a movie or two and head out to audition some speakers. When you find what you like, ask for an in-home demo for a weekend to be sure. The speakers may sound different in your listening environment.

Good luck steev.
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I have a similar room setup as you, and I am considering the Axiom QS4s for my surrounds.

You stated that you wanted something near white to blend and while they do not come in white, they do have a light maple finish with light tan grills. With some minor color on the walls and some dynamic accent decorations, I am hoping these will just disappear in the room.
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