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#282123 - 12/11/09 02:04 PM Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center
RayLewis Offline
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Does anyone have a recommendation for speakers that will be in an entertainment center. It is going in a master bedroom, and we don't want any speakers out or on furniture. I was thinking of a 3.1 setup.

The furniture the speakers will go in is actually a plasma lift. The spaces for speakers are approximately 8 inches high and 9 inches deep. The width of the space is 32 inches for the center speaker and 18 inches for the two side speakers. For the subwoofer, I'd probably want to put it behind a plant or something to block the view. I won't want to break the bank, but price also will not be a significant driving factor.

I have Axioms in our family room and love them. Doesn't seem there are any that will work for the bedroom. I recognize I am not going to have anything that sounds like the family room, but am just looking to have something better than what I'll get from TV speakers. I know this will not be popular, but I listened to Bose at a Best Buy and they actually sounded pretty good for this purpose. Don't know if they work in an entertainment center, though.

Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

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#282135 - 12/11/09 02:55 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: RayLewis]
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That space doesn't give you many options, I'll give you the normal reply "Get M80s" ;\) and suggest you look at ORB. No idea if they are any good. http://www.orbaudio.com/?gclid=COzNiaiUz54CFY915Qodd3rBrA they have a 30 day free trial.

You might be able to use three across the front and use a black speaker cloth to hide them (if you wish to).

Another thought would be to look at soundbars

Any photos you can post?
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#282141 - 12/11/09 03:13 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: FordPrefect]
Murph Offline
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The height is going to be the tough part. I have a couple of Harmon Kardon bookshelves that may or not be under 8" high. An older model for sure but they sounded great for their size.
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#282142 - 12/11/09 03:22 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: Murph]
Adrian Offline
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Energy has a couple of offerings you could check out as well, like the RC-Mini(height is 7 1/2") or the RC-Micro(smaller). The RC-Mini is rear ported, not sure about the Micro though.
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#282147 - 12/11/09 03:33 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: Adrian]
jakewash Offline
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Possibly mount some M0's on the front of the EC, by closing in a section with a false front and mount the M0's.

Maybe some pics of the EC would help.
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#282152 - 12/11/09 03:47 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: jakewash]
Ken.C Offline
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Yeah, M0s was what I was thinking.
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#282153 - 12/11/09 03:54 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: Ken.C]
RayLewis Offline
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Thanks everyone. We don't yet have the plasma lift, and I don't really know how to post pictures, but this is a link to the piece of furniture we have ordered:

http://www.hookerfurniture.com/index.cfm...televisions.cfm

It's the piece of furniture on the left. (Number 379-55-460) Don't know if that is a reasonable way to "post a picture," but if anyone is curious enough I think that would show the dimensions and what I'm dealing with.

Again, I appreciate all of the responses and input.

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#282159 - 12/11/09 04:28 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: RayLewis]
StuntGibbon Offline
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If you're handy, I'd just install a couple of decent in-ceiling speakers. Maybe add a small sub to a corner.

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#282160 - 12/11/09 04:28 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: RayLewis]
Ken.C Offline
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Maybe a couple of VP100s for the left and right?
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#282167 - 12/11/09 05:23 PM Re: Speakers to Be Located in an Entertainment Center [Re: Ken.C]
RayLewis Offline
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She who must be obeyed won't go for in-celing speakers, so that is out.

I am definitely very fond of Axiom, so if Axioms are a good option given my limitations on space that would be great. Would something like this make sense:

VP100 as a center speaker with M0s on the left and right. EP 125 subwoofer.

I take it from the responses that having the VP100 and M0s in a cabinet would not be a horrible mistake. Am I reading that right? How would one "mount" the M0s in a cabinet, particularly when one is not even remotely handy.

On the subwoofer, the room is not what I'd call small(17 feet long, I think, and maybe 10 feet wide). Don't know if the EP125 would cut it in a room that large, but given that it is just a bedroom I'm not looking for overwhelming base. As I noted, I am looking to be able to hide the sub behind a plant (otherwise the aforementioned she-who-must-be-obeyed is going to nix the whole plan).

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