Looking for a little speaker advice, of course. After diligently reading through as many posts and threads as I could find that discusses the HT speaker sets I am interested in, I have decided that I needed to start my own thread. I am currently running a hodge podge of old speakers donated from family and friends (low end KLH center and surrounds with old Technics towers for front left and front right), they sound horrible and I have decided that enough is enough. It's time to buy my own. I will be using this set for 95% movies (DVD's) with the occasional use for music. I am using a Denon receiver. Though I would like tower or bookshelf speakers, they are out of the question due to wife considerations. She really likes the Bose cubes because of the small size. I have convinced her that I can find something that sounds better than the Bose, is just as small (or pretty close), is cheaper, and while not being as tiny will look better anyway. So, she has given me the green light to find some new speakers. I have considered many different speakers but keep coming back to three different sets (speakers and sub). 1) Hsu Research Ventriloquist VT-12 with STF-2 sub for under $650 with shipping 2) Mirage Nanosat with Nanosub for somewhere around $800 at Tweeter 3) Orb MOD1 with Super Eight sub for about $700 with shipping The most expensive of the three is really pushing the upper limits of my budget, so please don't recommend anything more expensive. Right now, vocals and dialog are muddy and get lost so that I end up turning the volume up constantly, then back down quickly when talking stops and something blows up. This really pisses the wife off, especially when I am watching a movie late and she is asleep. So, one major consideration will be getting clear vocals so that they can be heard without turning up the overall volume. I also have a less than ideal room setup for surround sound. The room is open on one side with the sofa against one wall with the tv in the corner in front of and to the left of the sofa. Unfortunately the open end of the room is not in the back but is along the side. I was trying to find if anyone had heard more than one of the speaker sets listed above so that they might be able to offer some comparison? I have only been able to listen to the Nanosats. I have heard that the Nanosats give a bigger sound stage, but are less accurate in the sound imaging. I have also heard that the Orb's and Hsu's are very accurate but give a smaller "sweet spot." That being said, I guess my first question is if anyone has heard these systems and can offer some comparisons on how they sound. Second question is, with an odd room setup, is a bigger soundstage and less accurate sound imaging better or should I still look for better sound imaging and hope I can get the speakers setup well? Any comments, advice, etc. will be greatly appreciated. Sorry to throw such a long question at everyone, but if I waded through any more posts/threads myself my head was gonna explode. Thanks for any input offered.