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Tiny Speakers that the wife will approve of?

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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   Steven Spargo

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Posted July 11 2001 - 02:23 PM

Can anyone point me in the direction of small "Bose - like" speakers that are almost invisible, yet produce excellent sound for my Home Theater/Music room? It may come to a divorce, but I'm hoping someone out there has a less drastic solution.

#2 of 24 OFFLINE   Marty M

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Posted July 11 2001 - 02:31 PM

Energy and Paradigm sell some small speakers, but not sure they are as small as the BOSE cubes. You might also look into in-wall speakers, also.
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#3 of 24 OFFLINE   Stephen Dodds

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Posted July 11 2001 - 02:48 PM

Check out Gallo Nucleus Micros.

#4 of 24 OFFLINE   JerryHatchett


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Posted July 11 2001 - 03:43 PM

How big is the room?

#5 of 24 OFFLINE   Jeremy Hegna

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Posted July 11 2001 - 03:44 PM

Steven, B&W makes a pair of small speakers, called the leisure monitors...LM1 They also have the 600 series 601s are a bit smaller than your "average" bookshelf speaker and the 602s are a little larger than the "average" bookshelf. Both look very nice with a high SAF Jeremy

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Posted July 11 2001 - 05:00 PM

I double what Stephen Dodds says: Gallo. My local dealer doesn't have them setup with a flip, but I like them for a few reasons: 1. full range speaker: no tweeter/mid-range cross over to mess things up 2. efficient! 92db maybe? 3. designer-colors, for her. These are what I'd like to do in our bedroom, if it weren't for the fact that I have abunch of bookshelf speakers laying around. The only bad thing is I suspect you'll need to cross them over fairly high if you use them with a sub. Which implies little base if you don't plan on using a sub.

#7 of 24 OFFLINE   Andrew Pratt

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Posted July 11 2001 - 05:54 PM

The Energy Take 5 system gathered stellar reviews for a micro speaker system. Its available in white and black so should be easy to hide. ------------------ http://www.attcanada.ca/~itisi

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Posted July 11 2001 - 05:56 PM

I like the Energy Encore system...I demoed the sytem and it really surprised me for a sub/sat system. Didn't surpise me that much though as I didn't buy it. Posted Image


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Posted July 12 2001 - 05:18 AM

Also check out the Defenitive Technology Pro Cinema 80 or 100 system. The 80 is the smallest of the bunch, but the 100 is worth the small increase in size and price. These speakers are very attractive with the best sound quality I've found in a sub/sat system of this size. The 100's are about 10" tall without the table-top stand, that can double as a wall mount. The 100 system retails for $1350, while the 80 system comes in somewhere around the $1000 mark. I've had my set for over a year now and I'm still amazed by the huge sound that comes from these speakers. They were also "wife approved", and my wife is an interior designer. Check 'em out.

#10 of 24 OFFLINE   John Gates

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Posted July 12 2001 - 06:22 AM

Check out the Norh Prism 3.0 (http://www.norh.com). These are highly unusual and made from Teak. VERY high WAF because they look more like artwork than speakers. Check out both the Prism line and the 3.0 / 4.0 drum series. These speakers sound AWESOME, they're beautiful, and they're VERY reasonably priced.

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#11 of 24 OFFLINE   MichaelW


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Posted July 12 2001 - 06:26 AM

I would also highly recommend the Definitive Technology ProCinema 80's. I think they are an outstanding system for the price. I also demo'd the Energy Take 5 system prior to purchase and those were excellent speakers as well. Both are very high on the wife-approval factor scale....
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Posted July 12 2001 - 06:59 AM

The Energy satellites are about twice the size of the Bose "cubes" (and are probably 1/2 the price!). The sound is awesome and the glossy black finish looks great.

#13 of 24 OFFLINE   Alex F.

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Posted July 12 2001 - 07:16 AM

They're larger than requested, but your wife may not mind at all when she sees the visually stunning Sonus Faber Concertino Homes (see sumikoaudio.com). Georgeous (high-end) sound too, of course. Performance is far beyond that of any mini-speaker. When my wife first saw Sonus Faber's Concertinos and Concertos, her immediate reaction was, "Wow, they're beautiful." They're the type of product that one wants to see them, not hide them.

#14 of 24 OFFLINE   Brian Corr

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Posted July 12 2001 - 08:28 AM

I would also recommend the Def. Tech Pro Monitor's. I used to have the 100's and they are awesome little speakers. Try and get the biggest center channel you can regardless of what speakers you get.

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Posted July 12 2001 - 11:43 AM

I will add my vote to the Def Tech ProCinema 80. The satellites are only 4 lbs, sound great and come in black and white.

#16 of 24 OFFLINE   Manuel Delaflor

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Posted July 12 2001 - 02:10 PM

For something really small you can buy computer speakers like the Cambridge Soundworks DTT3500. The system is REALLY small and it doesn't sound bad at all (for a small room). ------------------
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#17 of 24 OFFLINE   Kimmo Jaskari

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Posted July 12 2001 - 02:37 PM

If going with the Gallo option (and visually they are darn attractive, IMHO) the only sensible choice (again IMHO) would be to go with the Gallo powered sub too. Easy to hide - or darned attractive if you don't want to. ------------------ /Kimmo
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Posted July 12 2001 - 04:33 PM

The little Def Techs are a bargain. I heard a pair of the Def Tech ProCinema 100s. They produce amazing sound for their size. It's worth the extra $$ to go for the 100s over the 80s, IMO. I'm interested in them myself so here's the specs: ProMonitor 100 Specifications: Dimensions: 10"H x 5.9"W x 5.7"D. Response: 50Hz-30kHz. Nominal Imp.: 4-8 ohms. Rec. Assoc. Amp: 10-175 watts. Driver: 5.25" cast-basket bass midrange driver, 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter. Retail: $175.00 ea.

#19 of 24 OFFLINE   Shane Acker

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Posted July 12 2001 - 08:33 PM

Casting a vote for the Energy Take 5's. I've had them for quite a while and somehow they seem to really disappear after a little while (at least until they begin to kick in).

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#20 of 24 OFFLINE   Greg Thomas

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Posted July 13 2001 - 04:23 PM

Love my Energy Take 5's. Got them at Good Guys a few months back for $249. Since the Take 5.2 has come out, GG has been blowing out the orignal speakers. They come in black or white too. Not sure if GG is in your area though. But maybe you can find a comparable price out there.

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