Originally Posted by xluben
What are the advantages of getting bookshelf speakers + stands instead of floorstanders. I think I'd end up losing some of the bottom end, and no one has really suggested any specific bookshelf speakers, except the Paradigm Atoms which only go to 70Hz. Also, stands will probably cost me around $50 (for decent ones) and I'd rather put that money towards speakers.
My belief is that good sound is not derived just from the sum of the parts. Its also a product of knowledge. I have heard bookshelf speakers that would blow your mind in terms of sound quality. Granted they were somewhat expensive, but the concept still holds true at any given budget. You should buy what you like, but do not dismiss something based purely on its specs. or size. Remember, good, clean bass notes are very hard to reproduce well, and much more than just the speakers are involved in how those notes reproduce.