Lazarus Short wrote:You should consider some high-performance bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer. Keep in mind that small, unobtrusive subs are not really worth the money. To balance that, they do no need to be front-and-center. Even Realistic Minimus Sevens, which can be found cheap, with crossover mods, can sound great with a good sub.
As long are you using a sub for its original purpose with restively good mains.... meaning only frequencies below about 60 hz, a sub does not need not be front and center.... just in the general vicinity of the mains
However, if you using a sub for also much higher frequencies because of less then adequate mains, all bets are off.
Also, one has to qualify "small" as larger is not always better and there are many 8" subs that can blow larger subs away.