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I realize towers in a 9 by 10 room as fronts for a home theater setup may be overkill. I like the safety of towers vs bookshelf on stands since I own a cat and you never know what goes on with them at night.Im pretty much ready to forget this idea and go with the SVS ultras book shelf if I can find a good stand. So my question is if a tower could sound good in a small room probably close to front corners what would it be? I love sound of SVS ultras but their tower is out of my budget. Thanks for your help
 

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I realize towers in a 9 by 10 room as fronts for a home theater setup may be overkill. I like the safety of towers vs bookshelf on stands since I own a cat and you never know what goes on with them at night.Im pretty much ready to forget this idea and go with the SVS ultras book shelf if I can find a good stand. So my question is if a tower could sound good in a small room probably close to front corners what would it be? I love sound of SVS ultras but their tower is out of my budget. Thanks for your help
If you are not doing any music listening but mainly HT/TV, the Ultras would be wasted money, IMO.

If you want towers that are extremely pet/child safe because they can be fillable to +100lbs, I'd strongly recommend the Ascend 340SE with the OEM stands. They have have high sensitivity so they are easy to drive especially given your large room and especially if you like louder volumes, and they sound great for both movies and music:
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cmt340m/cmt340m.html
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/access/spkstnds/pedstlcmt340.html

But to be honest, in a 9x10 room your best and most child/pet proof option would be wall-mounted compact bookshelves (e.g. NHT SuperOnes or Ascend 200SE).

What are you using for a subwoofer? Is this an enclosed 9 x 10 room, or are there adjacent open spaces?
 

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I realize towers in a 9 by 10 room as fronts for a home theater setup may be overkill. I like the safety of towers vs bookshelf on stands since I own a cat and you never know what goes on with them at night.Im pretty much ready to forget this idea and go with the SVS ultras book shelf if I can find a good stand. So my question is if a tower could sound good in a small room probably close to front corners what would it be? I love sound of SVS ultras but their tower is out of my budget. Thanks for your help
I ran towers in a small room for years, no issues.
The deal with towers -vs- bookshelves is simply that towers "can" normally play louder and give you more extension for larger spaces, but that in no way means that they have to be that way, you simply level match them accordingly and you'll be fine.
 

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If you are not doing any music listening but mainly HT/TV, the Ultras would be wasted money, IMO.

If you want towers that are extremely pet/child safe because they can be fillable to +100lbs, I'd strongly recommend the Ascend 340SE with the OEM stands. They have have high sensitivity so they are easy to drive especially given your large room and especially if you like louder volumes, and they sound great for both movies and music:
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cmt340m/cmt340m.html
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/access/spkstnds/pedstlcmt340.html

But to be honest, in a 9x10 room your best and most child/pet proof option would be wall-mounted compact bookshelves (e.g. NHT SuperOnes or Ascend 200SE).

What are you using for a subwoofer? Is this an enclosed 9 x 10 room, or are there adjacent open spaces?
The room is not fully enclosed and has a 4 ft entrance.It is also windowless.The sub I was looking at was the SVS sb 12 that is on sale for 399 and a 12 inch sealed sub.Im also on the second floor of a condo but it has great sound isolation but very loud thunderous sounds are not what Im looking for. thanks for your help
 

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I ran towers in a small room for years, no issues.
The deal with towers -vs- bookshelves is simply that towers "can" normally play louder and give you more extension for larger spaces, but that in no way means that they have to be that way, you simply level match them accordingly and you'll be fine.
What towers were you running in your small room?
 

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I realize towers in a 9 by 10 room as fronts for a home theater setup may be overkill. I like the safety of towers vs bookshelf on stands since I own a cat and you never know what goes on with them at night.Im pretty much ready to forget this idea and go with the SVS ultras book shelf if I can find a good stand. So my question is if a tower could sound good in a small room probably close to front corners what would it be? I love sound of SVS ultras but their tower is out of my budget. Thanks for your help
Polk Signature S50 are $450/pair with a downfiring port and are relatively slim at only 7.5" wide.

Free returns at Best Buy if not happy.

S30 center unless you need the slim profile of the S35.

S10s for rears.
 

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Cant find reviews on this speaker
I own the bookshelf speakers and they are really nice -- and Canton makes some nice stuff.

They will not be bright or warm sounding -- they are more on the clean and neutral side and will have some articulation and punch -- if you have google translation a review here.
https://www.lite-magazin.de/2015/12/test-canton-gls-9-darfs-noch-etwas-mehr-sein/

https://www.lite-magazin.de/2015/12/test-canton-gls-serie-surround-sound-hinter-gittern/
 

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I'm running 5.1.2 system with Klipsch RP-260f's towers. My room is only 11.5x14' plus I'm about to take delivery of a PB-4000 SVS sub for the same room. No such thing as overkill unless it physically knocks your walls down. Which in my case that might actually happen with that sub.

Anyway I really enjoy the New RP-series and they are not ridiculous huge. The tweeters are bright but smooth at the same time. I ended up buying them off a klipsch dealer on ebay open boxed and saved over $200 on the pair.



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What towers were you running in your small room?
I ran the same towers in my 11'x12' room as I am in my 23'x23' room, old DefTech BP2000's.
And they are bi-poles, so if you can run bi-poles in that small of a room, mono-poles will absolutely be no issue.
 

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The room is not fully enclosed and has a 4 ft entrance.It is also windowless.The sub I was looking at was the SVS sb 12 that is on sale for 399 and a 12 inch sealed sub.Im also on the second floor of a condo but it has great sound isolation but very loud thunderous sounds are not what Im looking for. thanks for your help
I would err on the side of caution and get the ported SVS PB12-NSD which is on sale at Amazon for $100 more. Simply turn down the gain knob on the sub if needed---always better to have more than enough rather than not enough, especially if you ever move to a larger space. Sealed subs are great for music, for HT it can be a gamble unless you're getting some huge 15" or 18" high dollar one.

For a similar sound to SVS Ultras but at a fraction of the cost, I'd also look at the JBL Studio 280 and 290 speakers currently on sale at JBL's website, free return shipping included:
https://www.jbl.com/loudspeakers/
 

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I would err on the side of caution and get the ported SVS PB12-NSD which is on sale at Amazon for $100 more. Simply turn down the gain knob on the sub if needed---always better to have more than enough rather than not enough, especially if you ever move to a larger space. Sealed subs are great for music, for HT it can be a gamble unless you're getting some huge 15" or 18" high dollar one.

For a similar sound to SVS Ultras but at a fraction of the cost, I'd also look at the JBL Studio 280 and 290 speakers currently on sale at JBL's website, free return shipping included:
https://www.jbl.com/loudspeakers/
Spent a lot of time with JBL demos on youtube.I found the 280 very treble sensitive and a bit harsh.290 was better but the best was the bookshelf 230. Zeo on youtube runs a long music demo playing all kinds of music and they sound as good as the SVS Ultras for a third the cost. The treble was controlled with no harshness I found in the 280 and 290.Of course Zeo demos are well done and the demos I heard on the 280 and 290 were not so its hard to say how much different the towers sound to the 230. Im going to spend a bit more time looking around but the JBL 230 are at the top of my list at the moment. Thanks for moving me in the JBL direction.Now all I need is some recommendations for a good speaker stand to hold the 230.
 

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Spent a lot of time with JBL demos on youtube.

Thanks for moving me in the JBL direction.Now all I need is some recommendations for a good speaker stand to hold the 230.
JBL tends to voice the Studio 2 series about the same -- poor set-up does not help -- poor recording tools do not help -- and the main thing, the speakers will not sound any better than the source (speakers) you are using to listen to Youtube.

However with that said, JBL makes some nice stuff -- the true test is in the home

Now if you are not looking for regular speaker stands -- then maybe something like this -- and maybe the cat will give you the top shelf
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SO5BY...bcd5-2f322f769414&ie=UTF8&qid=1513526398&sr=3

https://www.amazon.com/Furinno-1108...e=UTF8&qid=1513526398&sr=1-6&keywords=FURINNO

https://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Wood...F8&qid=1513527345&sr=1-1&keywords=shelf+stand

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005QLJL7...9683-d5cf75697228&ie=UTF8&qid=1513527391&sr=1
 

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Spent a lot of time with JBL demos on youtube.I found the 280 very treble sensitive and a bit harsh.290 was better but the best was the bookshelf 230. Zeo on youtube runs a long music demo playing all kinds of music and they sound as good as the SVS Ultras for a third the cost. The treble was controlled with no harshness I found in the 280 and 290.Of course Zeo demos are well done and the demos I heard on the 280 and 290 were not so its hard to say how much different the towers sound to the 230. Im going to spend a bit more time looking around but the JBL 230 are at the top of my list at the moment. Thanks for moving me in the JBL direction.Now all I need is some recommendations for a good speaker stand to hold the 230.
You probably saw this review; they measured well with a detailed sound according to the subjective part of the review.

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/jbl-studio-2-speaker-system
 

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For stands, I have these and find them to be solid https://www.bestbuy.com/site/bowers-wilkins-stav-24-s2-speaker-stands-pair-black/1197018.p?skuId=1197018 I bought open box 'excellent' condition, ended up being a customer return having already filled the stands with something. Felt bad for the delivery driver.

Have also heard good things about these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EX92B46/

Using them with Focal 906 (bought during the current sale). Also chose the SB12, haven't really had a chance to use it yet, waiting on my tv to arrive (although I did look at the SVS Merlin tool and they recommend all three sealed, ported and round).

I was talking with David from Ascend about Sierra 2 vs Towers in my 11'x14' room with seating 5'-6' away and lower listening (apartment/neighbors), and he said that while the midrange/RAAL is better in the towers, the additional cost vs the 2's might not be as worth it. I appreciated the honesty and do plan to try them at some point (had originally planned to audition both Focal and Ascend, but living in a studio apartment, I forgot how easily it is to get overwhelmed by cardboard boxes).
 

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For stands, I have these and find them to be solid https://www.bestbuy.com/site/bowers-wilkins-stav-24-s2-speaker-stands-pair-black/1197018.p?skuId=1197018 I bought open box 'excellent' condition, ended up being a customer return having already filled the stands with something. Felt bad for the delivery driver.

Have also heard good things about these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EX92B46/

Using them with Focal 906 (bought during the current sale). Also chose the SB12, haven't really had a chance to use it yet, waiting on my tv to arrive (although I did look at the SVS Merlin tool and they recommend all three sealed, ported and round).

I was talking with David from Ascend about Sierra 2 vs Towers in my 11'x14' room with seating 5'-6' away and lower listening (apartment/neighbors), and he said that while the midrange/RAAL is better in the towers, the additional cost vs the 2's might not be as worth it. I appreciated the honesty and do plan to try them at some point (had originally planned to audition both Focal and Ascend, but living in a studio apartment, I forgot how easily it is to get overwhelmed by cardboard boxes).
IMO way too expensive for stands.
 

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I'm running 5.1.2 system with Klipsch RP-260f's towers. My room is only 11.5x14' plus I'm about to take delivery of a PB-4000 SVS sub for the same room. No such thing as overkill unless it physically knocks your walls down. Which in my case that might actually happen with that sub.

Anyway I really enjoy the New RP-series and they are not ridiculous huge. The tweeters are bright but smooth at the same time. I ended up buying them off a klipsch dealer on ebay open boxed and saved over $200 on the pair.



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How far are those towers from the wall? They look rather close. I thought they liked room to breathe, like 12-18 inches from the wall?
 
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