I'm in the market for some speakers for a new home theatre setup. The room is about 12x12, open concept with no wall on one side.

I probably only need bookshelves but I don't really like speaker stands. Also, I worry about the cat viewing the tower as a scratching post. If the drivers were all positioned high I'd be safe. Truely I wish Axiom made some M3's in the shape of Totem Arros. Towers will look better in the room. With the range of M80's would I still need a centre speaker?