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I'm building collaborative small dev booths in an office environment, where multiple people share a small room with a screen and a couple speakers.

I'm looking for suggestions on bookshelf speakers that are the best they can be for critical listening at low volumes. I know that this isn't the most optimal arrangement, but it's what I have.

It would also be great if I could secure them with wall mounts as best as I can to offer even a mild deterrent to steal them. I've heard people recommend the Andrew Jones BS-22 speakers before, but they don't have a screw hole, so would instead need to be just on side-clamped wall mounts (makes me a tad nervous about security). There is always staff in the facility, so it's really not a huge security risk, but still a thought.

Thank you and I appreciate whatever suggestions you guys have.
 

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If you want to flush-mount the speakers to the wall, a sealed cabinet design would be optimal. Aside from not having a screw hole as you mentioned, the AJ speakers are rear ported so flush-mounting them would result in a boomy/congested sound.

I'd look at the NHT SuperOne and Ascend HTM-200SE. Or, if you want to save a little money, the Wavecrest HVL-1 which are front-ported although they are a good deal bulkier (depth-wise) than the first 2.
 
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Thanks for suggestions. I forgot to mention that using BHPhotoVideo would be ideal, and I don't think they carry any of your suggestions =/.

Another thing I realized is maybe I should be getting studio monitors instead of bookshelves. Do you have any suggestions for good low volume studio monitors?

Thanks again.
 

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I don't see any sealed cabinet speakers at BHPhoto. Of all their speakers I suppose you could try the Klipsch RP160 but those are rear-ported so they'll need at least 8-12" rear clearance.

The NHT and Ascend speakers are online manufacturer-direct only speakers, unless you are lucky enough to find them on Audiogon or Craigslist.
 

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Consider bolting the speakers to the Stands, and bolting Stand to the floor.

I would say you would want a high efficiency speaker that is forward in its presentation.

Generally a high efficient forward speakers is going to have a stronger presence, and is going to take much less power to get it going. Something like Klipsch or Power Sound Audio.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_714RP150MC/Klipsch-Reference-Premiere-RP-150M-Cherry.html?tp=186

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_714RP160MC/Klipsch-Reference-Premiere-RP-160M-Cherry.html?tp=186

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_893SLVR1W/Monitor-Audio-Silver-1-Walnut.html?tp=186

http://www.powersoundaudio.com/products/mt-110

But, the crisp high efficiency speakers are not going to do well in a bright reflective room. If the room is simply bare walls, then it is not going to be that easy to hear.

At a lower price, consider ELAC, not necessarily bright, but excellent sound quality for their price. Exceptional detail -

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_970B5/ELAC-Debut-B5.html

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_970B6/ELAC-Debut-B6.html

Next, what is it that you will be hearing, and by that I mean, are these entertainment videos, or Commercial/Industrial/Educational/Sales presentations. If the primary information is conveyed by speech, that is one consideration. If these are entertainment videos like dramas or action movies, that is a different set of consideration.

So, in short, content matters.

The room acoustic and size matter.


The wall construction of the room matters. I
f the walls are just Styrofoam partition, not good. If they are floor to ceiling 2x4 and sheet-rock construction, that's better. If the walls are floor to ACTUAL ceiling that is good. But if the walls abut a hollow ceiling with space above the wall partitions, that is another matter. All these things matter relative to sound escaping the room.

But for good sound at low volume, it is my option that a high efficiency forward present speakers will to the best job for you.

As to wall mounting the speakers, that depends on the speakers and on the walls. There are a few different types of speakers specifically meant to be mounted on the walls. I've seen a few of these from Internet Direct Sales sources, but the specifics ellude me right now. Though others will certainly know.

Here is one example of what I mean -

Monitor Audio Radius -


http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/products/radius

The Radius 225 can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and work as a Front speaker or a Center speaker. Specifically designed to be wall mounted.

https://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk...radius-hd/r225hd/r225hd-blk_large_4-large.jpg

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_893R225PB/Monitor-Audio-Radius-225-High-gloss-Black.html

Priced EACH.

Last note, as far as sound penetrating the walls and disturbing others, Bass penetrates more easily than Mid or Highs. So, though it depends on what you are watching, you don't really need speakers with exceptionally deep bass.

Also, what is your budget for this project?

You need an Amp capable of connecting to a Video system (TV) and you need speakers? Anything else - Computer, BluRay, Other?

Lastly, if you want clarity at low volume, you need a quality speakers. No cheap flabby droning muffled speakers is going to get the job done. You need crisp clarity and detail above all else.

Steve/bluewizard
 

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I think something like klipsch might work well, maybe their plastic outdoor speakers. I like them because they are inexpensive if bought on sale and utilize horns. I own several sets of klipsch outdoor speakers and mine come with a mounting hole in the back. I wouldnt qualify them as the best...but they will work well. I paid under $200 back in the day...klipsch can always be found on sale/clearance.

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-AW-650-Reference-Outdoor-Loudspeaker/dp/B001B33QP6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_23_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=41dYvmSo4zL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=S36M0WZEE17HJF712ZR2
 

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... I'd look at the NHT SuperOne and Ascend HTM-200SE. Or, if you want to save a little money, the Wavecrest HVL-1 which are front-ported although they are a good deal bulkier (depth-wise) than the first 2.
All those are good - I would probably recommend the Ascend slight over the NHT.

I often use the KEF Q100 at low volumes and am very satisfied. While it is bulkier than the NHT and Ascend, it is front ported and comes with a hanging bracket attached for flush mounting on the wall.
 
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Thank you all for your advice! I went with the Klipsch RP-150M speakers. I personally don't care for how bright Klipsch speakers tend to be (imo), but I read that these RP-150Ms are pretty accurate at low volumes.

Now to figure out wall mounting them...
 
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