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    Question Surround Speakers (small size) Suggestions Needed

    Hi everyone!
    It's been awhile since I've been on here - life got busy, I got engaged :)
    Anyhow, I'm looking for suggestions surround sound speaker suggestions for my fiancée's place. Her living room is not that big (10' x 20' maybe..) and although she has no problem with all the gear I have, she doesn't want her room taken over by speakers (I guess nobody's perfect lol). She likes the design of small cube speakers and she is a Bose fan - she already has a Bose wave radio / music player with Bluetooth and it does sound pretty good for the room it's in.
    So before I go off any buy the latest Bose AM what ever level they're up by now, I was wondering if there's anything else out there I should be looking at that sounds better for the same or less cost???

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    Depends on what Bose AM you want to get. How about...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/TL1600-BLACK...item35cafd7d48

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    Blackstones. If the TL2 is in the price bracket, definitely consider it over the TL1.
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    I like the Blackstone suggestion if sound quality rules over size as the priority. If your girl is dead set on Bose, I have a 5 speaker Bose thing with the sub, double cubes, sitting in the crawl space for about 8 years now. I'd let ya have it for 200 plus shipping if you want it. They are white if that matters. The laminate on the bottom of the sub is starting to peel but nothing that looks horrible.

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    The Blackstones are very nice & would fit the bill nicely. Also check these out for a comparison...http://www.orbaudio.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    I like the Blackstone suggestion if sound quality rules over size as the priority. If your girl is dead set on Bose, I have a 5 speaker Bose thing with the sub, double cubes, sitting in the crawl space for about 8 years now. I'd let ya have it for 200 plus shipping if you want it. They are white if that matters. The laminate on the bottom of the sub is starting to peel but nothing that looks horrible.
    That's a nice offer from Tony!

    If she's not dead set on teeny tiny speaks, there are a LOT of better options for a LOT less money. The polk tls look great for the money, but I have honestly never heard them. But for the price of the BOSE you could get this setup:

    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...ackstone-tl350

    Out of ones that I have heard, I like the klipsch promedia speakers. I also like the energy take 5 classics. And the def tech promonitor 60s or 600s would be nice. The problem with the BOSE is that the frequency response is just awful, and they sound tiny unless you are in a tiny room (like the space of the setup at BB). You are just wasting a ton of money.

    The best bet if you want to take the time is an in-ceiling setup. My living room is almost all in-ceiling an for movies it sounds pretty darn good (for music not so much...)

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    You might consider a system that uses something from the OWM series for surrounds, and possibly even fronts and center. These are not tiny speakers, but they are very thin. They come in black or white. The white ones easily blend in with common wall or ceiling colors. You can find the OWM-5's for around $100 each and OWM-5's for around $100/pair.

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    I have a pair of OWM-5's that I'm taking to her place this weekend, along with a CS10 center. If she likes them, then I'll get another pair of OWM-5 or 3's and call that good enough.
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