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Best 5.1 speakers for a small (10'x10') room?


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Jonathan Burk

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Posted September 23 2003 - 10:42 AM

I've got a very small room (9.5'x9.5'x11.5'), and I'd like to put a 5.1 system in there. Right now, I'm leaning towards a set of 5 Ascend HTM-200.

http://www.ascendaco....ts/htm-200.asp

They measure 11" x 6.5" x 6.4"

I'm willing to spend as much as I have to. I just want the best sound possible out of small speakers. I'd like them to be the same size, or smaller, as the Ascends. I'd get Aperions, but they're too big.

Are there any speakers this small that really stand head and shoulders above the rest?

This system looks interesting; does anyone know how it sounds?

Home Theater Direct Mini

http://www.htdaudio....htdmiddies.html

My other options are:

Definitive Technology's ProCinema 80?

http://www.definitiv....procinema.html

M&K K Series?

http://www.mksound.com/Kseries1.html

Or the M&K pro level stuff?

http://www.mkprofess...0cu_ft_sys.html

Any recommendations are appreciated. I'll be running these off of a good receiver like a Sony 4ES.

#2 of 9 OFFLINE   ChrisLazarko

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Posted September 23 2003 - 10:55 AM

Well it is a small room so giving it alot of sound won't be hard. I would probably stick with something like satellites or smaller bookshelves. I would take a look at the Klipsch Reference satellites, they look like they are just awesome...

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   DarrenAlan

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Posted September 23 2003 - 11:25 AM

How about RAD Micros? You can't beat the coolness factor. Well, a couple new speaker packages out there are pretty cool too but ...

http://www.rutledgea...com/micros.html

Finished any way you want, too.

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted September 24 2003 - 02:54 AM

The Ascends would be a good choice. You might also look at the Rocket ELT package at $900. Very fine value and excellent for HT.

They have a package with a Denon 1804 for $1,250 or so. I heard a demo of this system in Dallas and was very impressed.
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#5 of 9 OFFLINE   CurtisSC

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Posted September 24 2003 - 03:08 AM

I think everything mentioned is a good option. But I keep thinking about the room being small and wonder how close will you be sitting to the speakers and if it will become an "nearfield" situation. Maybe speakers with more dispurtion like Omnisats or Gallo micros.
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#6 of 9 OFFLINE   kuttaS

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Posted September 25 2003 - 02:08 AM

go to klipsch.com and take a look at their new synergy cinema 8 or cinema 10 home speaker systems. they rock!!!

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   BobAlbano

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Posted September 25 2003 - 06:06 AM

I would second Lew's ELT package reccomendation! I have heard the ELT's in a room this size and they sounded great to say the least. At a price of $899.00 it is simply an amazing speaker package. Good luck with your decision! Posted Image

#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Greg-ST

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Posted September 25 2003 - 03:54 PM

I have a 10'x12' room with angled walls halfway up on two of the walls. In a room of this size anything large is extreme overkill.

Personally, I'm using the JBL NSP1II speaker set. They sound really great. Clean, clear, crisp, and the bass extension is quite good for their size (blend well with nearly any sub too). Voice matching is spot on between all five speakers. MSRP on the set is over $500, but I got the package for $208.90 shipped from B&H. They have enough oomph in them to fill an even larger room (Phil can tell you that Posted Image ). I can drive them to very deafening volumes with no distortion (obviously they wouldn't reach their full potential in a room of this size and there's no way I'd crank the power to those levels either).

Just another suggestion and I wish you good luck!

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Pablo Abularach

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Posted September 27 2003 - 04:49 AM

I second Gregs suggestion, I also have an NSP1 package, and it will work very good on a 10x10 room. The room that I have them is 12x12 and they work very well.