Any point in buying good speakers for this room ?

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Hi,

I am going to buy speakers for the system in my signature. Obviously I will audition speakers but I would like to establish a baseline for what I should audition, and would appreciate any help from the WhatHiFi-community. I have virtually no experience of buying speakers.

I was planning to have a look at Monitor Audio BX2, B&W DM686 or 685 and maybe even KEF Q300. This is just based on what I have read, and what is available in shops around me (Stockholm, Sweden).

But then the room where the speakers will go is quite small and heavily furnished, so I wonder if maybe my room is simply to horrible acoustics-wise and thus it is a waste of money to buy anything else than the older Monitor Audio BX1 ?

Just off the cuff, what do you experts with lots of experience in placing speakers say?

I plan to get "pillars/stands" for the speakers so I can place them pretty much anywhere. Although I think aiming to get a sweet spot for listening is out of the question as well.

I'd be grateful for any tips and comments.

Thanks!
 

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'Heavily furnished' is usually a good thing, and preferable to 'sparsely furnished and bare'. Mine is pretty heavily furnished and I use KEF R300's at the moment, in a room that is about 4m x 3.5m.

You don't say why you think that achieving a sweet spot is out of the question, but the KEF's are better at imaging than many speakers, and with their wider dispersion, that sweet spot is larger than it normally would be. So give the Q300's a go, as they may surprise you in this area. Being front ported, you'll be able to get them quite close to a wall too, if needed, but like most speakers, give them some space and they'll produce a more three dimensional soundstage.

I'm guessing by the description of your room, the MA BX range might sound a little dull, so try the RX1's. The B&W's should perform well in that type of room too.
 
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Rather than stick a speaker in a corner, I'm sure you can re-arrange to get the best from your system. After all, most furniture doesn't have to be in a particular place, it can go almost anywhere - music enjoyment is more important :rockout:
 

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FrankHarveyHiFi said:
After all, most furniture doesn't have to be in a particular place, it can go almost anywhere - music enjoyment is more important :rockout:

+1. Changed my room round 3 times in the last 2-weeks and think I'm just about there!
 

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