Question Advice on best satellite speakers

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  1. Simon14

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    I need new satellite size speakers but don't want to use a sub. Is there any small corner mountable speakers with amazing sub built-in to them? Good for listening to music and movie's.
    Not got a budget but lower the price the better.
     
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    What is your budget?
    You are basically asking for the impossible. To make bass you need a reasonable sized speaker/driver. This is not possible on a small satellite speaker. Something like the bigger Monitor Audio Apex speakers can make a reasonable sound but still really need a sub for the low stuff.
    You are not going to get a low priced satellite speaker that is going to be good for music and movies without a sub.
     
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    Thanks for the info PSM1, really there is no budget. So can you recommend some more?
     
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    How small do they need to be?
     
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    They will used up in corners, so their out of view. I don't have measurements as will be for our new home which is still being built.
     
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    Also to note, I've got a Yamaha RXV777 AVR.
     
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    Orb make good small speakers but they will need a sub. Putting speakers up in a corner is also far from ideal but suggests you want a very small speaker i.e. the Apex will be too big. Again this is going against your requirements for good for music.
    You are either going to have to compromise in terms of position or compromise in terms of the sound you will get.
     
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    Unfortunately positioning isn't ideal but it's the best I'm getting.
    Yeah I'm probably going to have to with the sub, what do you think about the Monitor Audio Mass 5.1?
     
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    The Mass are a budget satellite system so will be OK with movies but may not be the best for music. Go have a listen and see what you think.
     
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    D you ave any better recommendations for music?
     
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    Not in the price bracket and size. Standmount are what you would need for good music at your budget.
     
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    Thanks again PSM1, which are best out of these with my Yamaha avr:

    Dali Fazon Mikro, Monitor Audio Mass or Cambridge Audio Minx S225?
     
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    All should be fine with the Yamaha receiver. Try to demo if possible as the best will depend on your personal preference.
     
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    ok, found some other useful post's! So thinking of going down the 5x B&W M1's with a BK Sub?
    What's your thought on that?
     
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    Thanks dogfonos, are those suggestions better than BK xls200 or Gemini 2?
     
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    In terms of sound quality, I very much doubt it but I haven't heard any of these so I can't say for certain.

    As PSM1 has already said, with subwoofers, it's the bigger the better (all else being equal). Some of the best subs occupy as much space as a small room and aren't domestically acceptable to most of us.

    Horn Subwoofer Takes Up Crazy Man's Entire Basement

    If you intend to mount the front L/R speaker pair in corners then I wouldn't spend too much on them because I'm unaware of any speakers (satellite or otherwise) that will sound good in such a location (i.e. even quality gear will likely sound poor when mounted in a corner). Maybe 'in-ceiling' speakers would be a better compromise but I don't know anything about them other than that they are designed to function 'in-ceiling'.
     
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    So it's either going to be B&W M1's with a BK Sub or Focal Dome's with BK Sub.
    Which out of these 2 are best?
     
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    I have always liked the m1s for the sound they produce for their size. Not heard the domes but like focal speakers in general. So a difficult choice. Really need to listen to both yourself and make your own mind up. Otherwise do not think either option is going to dissappoint.
     
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    Can't comment on best sounding speaker set as I've not heard either the B&W M1's or the Focal Domes but agree with PSM1 - judging by reviews I've seen, I suspect you'd be happy with either. In general, these sort of 'lifestyle' speakers that compromise function for form don't interest me.
     
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    Thanks again for the advice guys. I've bought the Focal's, should be with me soon but can't use until at least another 3months while house is being built.
     

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