Many of you are really in-tune to this kind of thing and these days I'm so far out of the loop it's not even funny. Here's what my general wish list is: a) Good quality. I have a decent hifi setup and while this doesn't have to rival a great system I would like competent musical performance. This will be for a main TV watching area in the den where I will also want to listen to music. b) Doesn't need killer bass. It should have a sub but it doesn't have to be an 18" thunderbox to alleviate those constipated days. c) Small, preferably identical satellites. I'd do in-walls if I could but as I have plaster interior walls and budget constraints they are not an option. But I want small, preferably tiny, and unobtrusive speakers. I also have an upcoming event where it would be nice to rig a bunch of small satellites in a tent and if these could double up for that duty it would be awesome. I'm even tempted to try Bose because this is a pretty desired constraint. d) Cheap. If I could do this for $500 and get something decent, I would. Will go to $700-800 if necessary. e) Home theater is not a huge deal for me. I'm not all that picky so I prefer good musical performance over huge cinema impact - I would probably even go 2.1 if I didn't specifically need these other speakers for my "event." Hence my willingness to settle for a phantom setup if that's what it comes to. I've turned up a few options that look decent given some reviews and my knowledge of the brands: Paradigm Cinema 70CT NHT SuperZero 5.1 but I'm not sure where else to look. I would also consider buying 2 pairs of small mini-monitors (plus a separate sub) and running in "phantom" center mode, if that still exists. Any thoughts? Thanks to all for any advice.
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6/20/11 at 2:18pm