I'm sure this topic has been covered ad nauseam. Although, I can't find the exact answer to my question. \n\nI'm looking to upgrade my "home theater in a box" and take the buy once cry once route. I'm looking for a 60% stereo music, 40% streaming 5.1 system. I'm more concerned with clean detailed forward mids and present but not harsh highs. Lows are definitely nice but I'll have that covered with the SVS pb3000 that's currently on the way. My room is, well... My whole house. It's open floor plan design, with two story open cathedral ceilings. As of now it will be powered off a simple Yamaha RX-V485. Will upgrade in the slightly distant future with an added power amp. Due to current power constraints, high sensitivity is preferred.\n\nThere... Got that out of the way. I was actually talking to a SVS rep and he pointed out that if budget is a concern and that I have the PB3000 coming then I should just get bookshelves of a higher quality vs a lower quality tower. He showed how bookshelves of the same "class" tend to have the exact same mid-range driver and the additional speakers are used for lows. I'm thinking fine, I like this idea. Now i'm sure it's just psychological but the physical size of the towers just says to me cleaner, louder... Mids included. \n\nDoes anyone have any experience on this? Should I expect the same SPL from a bookshelf as I would a tower in regards to mids and highs? If I EQ out the lows would I "gain an additional mid-range driver" with the towers?? (Seem impractical but worth an ask) If not would the low range woofers just not play? But a deep powefull male voice I would assume is within their crossover. Aswell a cello or bass guitar. I wouldn't want to loose the potential depth of these bands with a bookshelf, but I'm honestly not sure. I've just have not had the option to sit back and listen to them side by side at any reasonable volume. Especially not in a room of my size.