That's just plain wrong, because putting any small speaker down there forfeits a major share of its sound quality.
The Sharp HT-SB602 offers a decent feature-set and high-energy movie sound but a "cheap"-feeling subwoofer and poor musical replay means it's outclassed by rivals.
What was your first speaker you had a long-term relationship with?
The Sony ST5 offers fine performance plus a decent mix of features but it isn't the first we'd recommend for the price.
Good-quality gear doesn't have to be expensive to have audiophile appeal, it just has to sound good.
The Audiophiliac would be the first to admit that a lot of (but not all) high-end audio is downright ugly. So he's rounded up a selection of the best-looking gear.
The Audiophiliac picks out a small assortment of audio beauties.
The Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR is, hands down, the very best-sounding bookshelf/surround speaker we've heard in its price class.
There's no substitute for a big speaker, especially if you have a large room and a thirst for dynamic sound. The PSB Imagine X2T can clobber you with its home theater impact, but it can also deliver refined sonics with music.
The PSB Imagine X2T delivers big speaker sound, ideal for full throttle home theater thrills, without sacrificing refinement for music.
The JBL Cinema SB350 produces a wide soundstage and packs a mighty wallop for maximum home theater fun, but it can sound harsh with music.
The JBL Cinema SB350 produces a wide soundstage and packs a mighty wallop for maximum home-theater fun, but it can sound harsh playing music.