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Nes19
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Large livingroom setup

Hi. I have a large, 53sqm/570sqft room (open concept livingroom/kitchen) with a high, slant acoustically treated ceiling with lowest part 3.5m (11.5ft) and highest part 4.2m (13.7ft).

Would floorstanders be the only way to go with a room of this size, or could I also go with a pair of standmounters (like Sonetto II for just one example), with a sub? The setup would be for music, not for movies. I listen to pretty much all kinds of music, except classic. I appreciate a nice, wide soundstage and imaging.

FWIW, my local dealer suggested Focal Aria 936, but that would be at the border of my budget.

Thanks in advance for help!

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You definitely need floorstanding speakers for your system.

I am seeing the Focal 936 speakers at $4000 per pair, and while they are excellent speakers, I find them a bit overpriced.

I think that the Monitor Audio Silver 500 is a better speaker, with 8" drivers and excellent bass response, and Audio Advisor is selling them for around $2900 per pair. That would be one of my recommendations.

Another one I would recommend is the Vandersteen Model 2CE Signature, which sells for $3000 per pair. Vandersteen makes incredibly good-sounding speakers and they build them 100% in California. Not too many companies are still making their speakers in the USA, if that appeals to you.

I have had the Vandersteen Model 2, Model 3, and now the Treo, over the last 30 years; obviously, I like their sound. Check out the Vandersteen website for details.

Both of these speakers will give you good bass, but if you want the really really low bass of a pipe organ or electric string bass guitar, then a subwoofer will be essential.

Nes19 wrote:

Hi. I have a large, 53sqm/570sqft room (open concept livingroom/kitchen) with a high, slant acoustically treated ceiling with lowest part 3.5m (11.5ft) and highest part 4.2m (13.7ft).

Would floorstanders be the only way to go with a room of this size, or could I also go with a pair of standmounters (like Sonetto II for just one example), with a sub? The setup would be for music, not for movies. I listen to pretty much all kinds of music, except classic. I appreciate a nice, wide soundstage and imaging.

FWIW, my local dealer suggested Focal Aria 936, but that would be at the border of my budget.

Thanks in advance for help!

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Hey! COMMSYSMAN!

Just caught this thread and wanted to ask if you've heard both the Monitor Audio Silver 300 and the 500. I'm seriously considering one or the other and wondering what your thoughts might be on the possibility that the 500 might be somewhat superfluous for my listening room (described in the "Time to Upgrade Speakers" loudspeakers forum). The difference between these 2 on the low-end is only 2Hz. It's difficult to factor in the general -6db roll-off spec MA gives. Given room enhancement effects, I'm wondering just how palpable that 2Hz and those 8" woofers would be in my room and whether or not it's worth the extra money. Curious to hear your take.

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