Mirage Omnisat OS3 FS. 93 dB efficiency, 5-1/2" x 6-1/8" footprint. Very good sound; fills a room effortlessly, attractive, devoid of cabinet resonances.
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Thanks for the good suggestions all Sorry for the confusion -- the Audiogon system deleted my "less than" sign. Yes I'm hoping to keep this under $1000 but that includes used. Part of WAF of course is total outlay ;-)
Soulbrass -- I have a set of Arros and I love them, but they are not sensitive speakers -- they take a fair amount of juice to sound good. I want to drive these speakers with a 30WPC amp.
Moth Audio Cicada, now discontinued--if you can find them. I've wanted to try a pair of these ever since I read the review in Listener. ( Mr. Dudley reviewed them again for Stereophile in 2004. ) Here's another review ( which also mentions a couple more speakers in the Cicadas' class ) :
I think the Cicadas' WAF is very high, at least for my W.
Take a look at these Klipsch RVX-54's. I have their younger brother the RVX-42's in my bedroom and they sound great. The 54's are 98dB efficient and have a small footprint(7"x6.5"w/stands). They really sound a lot bigger than they are.
Yes, I think you are right Tvad. I was looking at the Walsh's and couldn't get their sensitivity rating.
Acceptable height is of course the height of the Arros because she likes those. Or a bit higher (maybe 36-37" max).
Altough the Mirage's (recommended by Johnnyb53) may be okay. I'm a tad concerned about sound quality from a dipole speaker though.
The Mirage speakers are almost 42" tall... 2" taller than the
and the Mirage go down to 52Hz wheres the Preludes go to 35Hz.
Ever consider keeping your audio hobby out of the marital bedroom? :)
Maybe your wife's objection to the speaker size is just an excuse to keep the
whole stereo out of the bedroom.
Perhaps the Tonian Labs TL-D1. Only 33" tall (the entire speaker has a small footprint IMO), 95db efficient, and easy to drive. Although the stock finish is nice, since you have the WAF to deal with you can pay extra for a veneered finish. These are very good speakers IMO. You can see them here:
If your speakers will be situated next to a table or cabinet, placing the cabinet
up on nicely finished wood blocks (or marble/granite pillar candle bases...be
creative) will make the speakers appear shorter...as will raising your bed frame
(and thus your mattress height).
The illusion of height can be manipulated.
How do you think they make Tom Cruise look so manly next to his taller co-
05-03-09: DgaylinThe Mirages are anything but a dipole. They have a hemispherical dispersion pattern with a 60% bias toward the front. You don't have to be between the speakers to get correct timbre and a soundstage; it stays put no matter when you stand. They are very room filling. The entire bedroom would be the sweet spot.
I can vouch for their sensitivity, too. I have one model up, the OMD-15, rated at 91dB. They are in a large, high ceiling open architecture living area, and 85 wpc is plenty even for bombastic symphonic music. 30 watts powering 93db sensitive loudspeakers in a bedroom should be plenty.
05-03-09: DgaylinIf you both like the Arros, why don't you use the $1K budget for a more powerful amp instead? I suspect you need current delivery more than power anyway.
Since it's a bedroom system, do you need to have small unobtrusive electronics as well? In that case, look into a PS Audio Trio C100 integrated amp or a NuForce integrated. There are a couple of the earlier model NuForces in the A-gon classifieds well within your budget. The NuForce is small and sexy enough your wife might consider it worth the extra money. I know my wife will extend the budget with sufficient visual appeal.
The better ICE-powered amps are not only compact, they provide the low level detail you'd need in a bedroom system and the fast current delivery you need for the Arros.
5-03-09: TvadSo claims Silverline, but the href=http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/307silver/index4.html>
Stereophile measurements indicate the Preludes are down 10dB at 50
Hz, so I'd bet the Mirages' bass is at least as strong with its three woofers,
five passive radiators, and ribbed elliptical surrounds.
Also the test indicates that in spite of Silverline's claimed 91dB sensitivity, it
measured 87.5dB, which is about the same as the Totem Arro.
By the way, I just checked the specs on the Totem Arro, and it's factory-rated
as a 4-ohm loudspeaker. Your problem with your current amp is probably
current delivery, not power. I suspect you are using a tube amp and its high
output impedance isn't up to the current demands of the Arro. Any chance
your amp has 4-ohm taps?
What speakers and amps are you using in the family room surround rig? Are the Arros standing in front of a wall or in free space? In other words, could you replace them in the surround rig with even less obtrusive wall-mounted speakers?
And what is the 30 wpc amp in the bedroom? You don't need a lot more power than that for the bedroom, you just need a high current amp that's comfortable driving a 4-ohm load. You can fix that with a $150 used Parasound Zamp.
Think about replacing the Arros as surrounds and getting a high current amp to drive the Arros in the bedroom.
I've got a Pro-Ject amp box powering the Arros just fine for rear surround (or is it?). I'm really a two channel guy who dabbles in surround. Fronts are Wilson Benesch Curves powered by Kharma MP-150s. I have a used Zamp already purchased, which I was going to swap in as the rear surround amp for the Arros, and then use the Pro-Ject with the new speakers as a bedroom system.
I have had the Preludes, Arros and Micro Walsh Talls in my listening room at one time or another. The Preludes are handsome and, used, a real bargain. And they're skinny... but if they're too tall for your location, so be it.
The Arros and and the Micro Walsh Talls are exactly the same height, but present a slightly different footprint. The Arros are 5" wide and 7" deep. The Micro Walsh Talls are 6 x 6 inches, so they look a little larger from the front.
I'd suggest giving John Strohbeen at Ohm a call. Tell him about your location and amp situation. He's a good guy and will be honest with you. The Ohms have a 120-day in home audition period, so you can't go too far wrong with them.