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My current setup is as follows:

Mythos Ten - Center
Mythos STS - Left and Right
Mythos Gem XL - Surrounds
SVSound - PB12-NSD - Sub
Receiver: Yamaha RX-A1030
Viewing: 80% TV, 19.9% Movies, 0.1% Music

The room that this is currently in is about 22x17 with a vaulted ceiling and tile floors. I've spent a small fortune on this to get a very clear sound, but the dialogue still gets muddy at times. Having said that, I'm looking in to purchasing another house with a smaller area and no real room for tower speakers, thus I'll be forced to downsize.

The new house room dimensions are listed at 20x15, but I think they are being generous. In addition, there is a fireplace and built-ins on the side which is where I plan on placing the bookshelf or lifestyle speakers. I can recycle the receiver and sub, but will need to replace the left, right, center and likely the surrounds to match. As usual, I'm looking for fairly high WAF in the process. My budget is $2500, but if I can come in cheaper, even better.

I'm looking at Focus Super Bird (3x SuperBird and 2x Bird for surround), GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array X, and Paradigm MilleniaOne's. Does anyone have any feedback on these models or should I include any other's in the mix? I have yet to hear any of these in person. It looks like the only one that I may have an option to audition is the GoldenEar.

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Questions: Small Lifestyle Speakers in a room 20x15?

Answer: DON'T!

Well, do what you want and do what you must, but I would advise good bookshelf in Front over small lifestyle speakers. In my opinion, Lifestyle are just too much money for not nearly enough speakers. You will get much better value, more impact, and better results from bookshelf speakers.

How movies impact you, both emotionally and physically, hinges on how much air you movie, in my space which is open floor plan (35x16), I have very large speakers and NO Sub, and I get thunderous impact.

Though in an AV Surround system, you can go a bit small than I have for Front speakers, and add a Subwoofer for the real body slamming impact.

With a $2500 budget, you should be able to get some very good bookshelf speakers, a Center, Surrounds, and a Sub.

There are also speakers that are small bookshelf, better than a Satellite but not quite as good as a good full-range bookshelf speaker.

A good example would be this - SVS Ultra Bookshelf 5.1 Speaker system -

http://www.svsound.com/systems/ultra-systems/ultra-bookshelf-surround-package

Just a bit over your budget, but not by much.

There are a few under-the-radar makers of speakers that offer exceptional value -

EMP-Tek -


Front Bookshelf -
http://emptek.com/r5bi.php

Center -
http://emptek.com/r5ci.php

Surrounds -
http://emptek.com/r55wi.php

10" Sub -
http://emptek.com/s10.php

12" Sub -http://emptek.com/s12.php

If we assume the 10" Sub, the total 5.1 system cost is about $1400.

AXIOM speakers -

Epic Master Series -
http://www.axiomaudio.com/epic-master-home-theater-systems

Epic Grand Master Series -
http://www.axiomaudio.com/epic-grand-master-home-theater-systems

Of course we can put together something from more name brand speakers - Wharfedale, Polk Audio, Monitor Audio, possibly Martin Logan, Bowers-Wilkins, but first let's be sure we know which way you intend to go with your speaker choices. If your choice is absolutely Lifestyle Satellites, then I'm sure we can accommodate you.

In all honesty, the Definitive Technology Mythos STS are pretty sweet speakers, are you sure you want to get rid of them?


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The room that this is currently in is about 22x17 with a vaulted ceiling and tile floors.
The new house room dimensions are listed at 20x15, but I think they are being generous. In addition, there is a fireplace and built-ins on the side which is where I plan on placing the bookshelf or lifestyle speakers.
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The dimensions are only 2 ft different in both directions.

You may not be able to place tall towers, but you at least need large bookshelf speakers. And preferably not placed in bookshelves, but out in front.
 
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