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I'm restricted to 6'' high center so I looked through most of the speaker manufacturers and here's what I found.

My room is 25x11, I have a Outlaw Audio LMF1-Plus sub, like warmer sound and cannot go loud as I live in a townhouse.

Here's what I found:


Cambridge Audio Aero 5 Center / Aero 2 or SX-60 Bookshelf (Aero is a bit tall) http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/

NHT Absolute Center / Absolute Zero or Classic Two Bookshelf http://www.nhthifi.com/

PSB Imagine C4 Center / Imagine B5 Bookshelf http://www.psbspeakers.com/

Martin Logan Motion 8 Center / Motion 4 Bookshelf http://www.martinlogan.com/

Updated with pictures, please look in posts below.
 

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Originally Posted by sumik  /t/1521711/which-of-these-bookshelf-setup-to-pick#post_24459228


I'm restricted to 6'' high center so I looked through most of the speaker manufacturers and here's what I found.

My room is 25x11, I have a Outlaw Audio LMF1-Plus sub, like warmer sound and cannot go loud as I live in a townhouse.

Here's what I found:


Cambridge Audio Aero 5 Center / Aero 2 or SX-60 Bookshelf (Aero is a bit tall) http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/

NHT Absolute Center / Absolute Zero or Classic Two Bookshelf http://www.nhthifi.com/

PSB Imagine C4 Center / Imagine B5 Bookshelf http://www.psbspeakers.com/

Martin Logan Motion 8 Center / Motion 4 Bookshelf http://www.martinlogan.com/
Brands like Magnepan, B&W, and Paradigm are generally considered the "warmest" speakers. Magnepan would be out for you due to size restrictions it seems. Once again B&W and Paradigm centers are not the largest of centers but are definitely too large for your 6" height restriction, i think the smallest center they make is over 7" tall. While I havent listened to the Motion 8 or Motion 4, the larger Motion series speakers to me seem like more of a crisp/clear/clinical speaker and not warm by my estimation. I have not heard the Cambridge Audio, or NHT speakers that you speak of. the PSB Imagine C4 and B5 are similar to the T2 towers I have heard, which are basically the big brothers of the speakers you are interested in, the towers definitely have a lot more lower extension due to the additional woofers, but I would estimate those are probably your best bet from your list if you are looking for natural or warm sound.
 

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Originally Posted by sumik  /t/1521711/which-of-these-bookshelf-setup-to-pick#post_24459228


I'm restricted to 6'' high center so I looked through most of the speaker manufacturers and here's what I found.

My room is 25x11, I have a Outlaw Audio LMF1-Plus sub, like warmer sound and cannot go loud as I live in a townhouse.

Here's what I found:


Cambridge Audio Aero 5 Center / Aero 2 or SX-60 Bookshelf (Aero is a bit tall) http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/

NHT Absolute Center / Absolute Zero or Classic Two Bookshelf http://www.nhthifi.com/

PSB Imagine C4 Center / Imagine B5 Bookshelf http://www.psbspeakers.com/

Martin Logan Motion 8 Center / Motion 4 Bookshelf http://www.martinlogan.com/
what is your budget? about a $1k?


You could look at the dynaudio DM line, the DM2/6 and DM Center, theyd cost about $1500 if you could stretch that far. i really like my 2/6s that i use as surrounds. i move them up front every now and again, and theyre pretty nice little speakers.
http://www.dynaudio.com/int/home_loudspeaker_systems/dm/dm.php


otherwise the only ones ive hear is the psbs and theyre nice speakers.
 

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I think I like the NHT the best, but I'm unsure if I should go with Absolute Zero + Absolute Center or if I should upgrade bookshelves to Absolute Center + Classic Two.

The threes are out of the question as they are too huge, and would just look awkward. I need something to get decent movie exerience for 2-3 years, then I'll invest in better tv stand (standoutdesign)

The three speakers will run each out of Outlaw M2200 amp, unsure on preamp yet.


Here's the room looking from couch, behind tv is dining table. New construction, just moved in 2 weeks ago.
 

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Originally Posted by sumik  /t/1521711/which-of-these-bookshelf-setup-to-pick#post_24481659


I think I like the NHT the best, but I'm unsure if I should go with Absolute Zero + Absolute Center or if I should upgrade bookshelves to Absolute Center + Classic Two.

The threes are out of the question as they are too huge, and would just look awkward. I need something to get decent movie exerience for 2-3 years, then I'll invest in better tv stand (standoutdesign)

The three speakers will run each out of Outlaw M2200 amp, unsure on preamp yet.

If you go for the Classic Twos you should find a way to use the matching TwoC Center.
 

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There is no way I can fit Twoc center. I can fit bigger bookshelf but not bigger center.
 
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