When I downsized my speakers, I did it because the speakers I had required a certain distance to the listening position before they would converge together and form a cohesive image.In essence, what I had was a pair of speakers that were trying to play well for a person sitting behind me, instead of where I was sitting.
There are tons of examples of bookshelf speakers sounding better than their tower-sized counterparts.
Remember that a subwoofer is your friend—even for music-listening.
That means that if you place really large speakers in a small room, the room is going to have an effect on the sound produced. We’re almost never dealing in Large rooms in the DIY (do-it-yourself) home theater realm.
Conversely, if your speakers are too small, you’ll end up with a situation where you have to drive them way too hard to fill the space—and you’ll risk distortion as a result. That’s good news because larger tower speakers can do just fine in medium rooms.
Since I was unable to move my sitting position, I decided to go for the next size speakers down that were made to work in a shorter room (in this case, one that was 13 feet long).
But that didn’t mean that I had to compromise on sound quality. Monstrous, gigantic speakers sitting three feet away from your face and pumping out 105d B of ear-bleeding sound is exactly what you need! You also don’t want to be sitting around listening to sound from a small jobsite radio either. The truth is, I once downsized my speakers when I went from a larger room to a new home where my theater needed to shrink. Actually, no, you don’t need Godzilla-sized speakers in every listening room.That means you will be able to play that speaker louder than a comparable speaker with a lower sensitivity, assuming the amplifier is identical.A loudspeaker with a sensitivity rating of 85d B SPL is going to need a lot more amplifier power than one with a rating of 94 d B SPL.And there are very few tower speakers (though some exist) which can beat a traditional subwoofer at 20-30Hz in terms of tactile bass response that you can really feel. Larger speakers tend to have more output due to more drivers and additional power handling.