Very small bookshelf speakers / system


I owe (overdue Xmas coupon) my wife a small 2-channel system for our family room, but my "audiophile tendencies" keep interfering with my choices. Ideally, a CD Receiver and pair of speakers would be perfect, but I need someone to snap me out of this funk, because she wants me to spend no more than a few hundred bucks on the whole system. By the way, no subwoofers are allowed! 8)

The system/speakers must go on a very specific shelf in the wall unit, which is only 7.5" high. Nearly all of the speakers I've found are much taller, so they would have to be laid on their sides (Tannoy Mercury F1 for example). I'm not sure what effect this would have on the sound, but I would imagine the radiation pattern is not designed around the speaker laying on its side.

I saw a Denon Micro System (DMS33 or something to that effect) that looks very nice on eBay for around $350, and the speakers are exactly 7.5" tall. I just don't want to get into a substandard pair of speakers that will need to be replaced. Most companies are fairly generic in their description of the speakers that come with their micro systems, but Denon has gone to great lengths to call out the driver technology, cabinet technology, etc. for the speakers that come with this little system.

Any advice, options, or input would be appreciated. I need to get something before next Xmas! Also, if anyone is familiar with these little Denon systems, I'd appreciate your input!

audiophile tendencies and wives mix like the three stooges and wives....they don't mix at all. get her an all-in-one bose or polk or boston system, and be done with it. harmony wins over harmonics
Go to best buy or circuit city and get her what she wants....they have nice looking small "systems" that will fit and sound ok. (good to her)
- If she is under 35, IPod with Monitor Audio deck/speaker
- If she is 35-55, a used Bose Wave Music will surely make her happy as her co-workers will likely be of those who will say "Wow, your husband got your a Bose system"
- If she is 55-75, try to pick up an older all-in-one Bang & Olufsen, same Wow factor, different generation.
- If she is over 75, do you really care to please her?

It happened to one of my colleague whose wife (49) preferred the sound of that Bose thing over an Arcam Solo with Triangle Titus.
One word... Gallo

Get a pair of his micros and a reciever... you will be all set
How about those old ADS smaller models (or Braun) from late 70's early 80's? model 410 or 510 or something like that... I always see them on ebay.
Heard the Denon DF101S Micro System and it's not a bad sounding system at all. Also, Denon has been making quality audio products for quite some time so if was me, I would probably go that route. Other than that, I think NAD makes a couple of CD/Receivers. Maybe pick up one of them, and then find a pair of small monitors to go along with them. Good Luck
I gotta agree with Beheme. Why would anyone care about someone over 75 years old......

..insert sarcasm here...
The Denon system is a pretty good one. The speakers are made by Mission, and that's a good thing...

Tivoli with matching cdp. Small, cheap, good looking and decent sounding.
How about a newly made retro Sound Quest tube radio ...

... in mono:

... or stereo:

... and an inexpensive CD player?

They are well built, good looking, unique, and sound great!

Gallo micros. And a sweet small sub. It's the way to go.
The latest Denon mini-speakers are crap, IMHO. They will have to be replaced. Maybe you could get an older system with the REAL Mission speakers.
Also there is a big improvement in sound by hooking up any mini to a CDP with the AUX input. Much better dynamics and resolution.
I like my paper cone Tang-Band W3-871s much better than the poly cone Gallos, or titanium W3-1335s.
Thanks everyone......

Has anyone had an opportunity to listen to the new JVC mini "executive" system that has the wood-cone drivers?

I thought of getting a DVD receiver and a set of speakers, but I wouldn't know what brand to consider. Jamo looks like they have a very nice home theater receiver, but I've read that folks are having major problems with them. I can't do separates, as there's simply not enough space on the shelf.
Denon, Yamaha, and Onkyo are much better than any JVC I have heard IMHO, including the wood cone model.
Check out the Quest Radio that was reviewed on 6moons. Nice wood enclosure, retro looking, uses 2 el84 tubes. I got one for my wife and she loves it. We just hook up a portable CD player to it if needed. Good luck.