Listening Nirvana in Tiny Hideaway Room

In typically neurotic audiophile fashion, I continue to obsess over upgrades, speaker placement etc with my main system in my main room inside the house.

I have recently abandoned the completion of a new office in a detached garage, as I have found myself traveling into my other office in NYC much more frequently than expected.

As I looked at this garage space, I realized that the walls and ceiling are asymmetrical, with a high point of 9 feet or so, although the room itself is quite small -- say 10 by 12 ish.

So I wondered if I might be fun to escape to this space to listen to music and/or watch movies -- away from the distractions and noises of the house, family, TV telephone etc.

Has anyone succeeded in assembling a jaw dropping system in such a small space? Or have you had success with a particular speaker that could sound and image well in a small space?

Does this sound like fun? .....or should I just plow more funds into the big rig?
Hi there,
I read this with interest as I have just had to move my main system from the lounge to the dining room - spouse pressure & all that
I do not want to downsize my system as I hope to be able to build up or out at some stage so it's given that the rig is a bit ott for the small room.
It was used in a 22 X 15ft lounge and is now in a 15 x 12ft room, made worse by having 3 ft deep built in cupboards.
This effectively makes it 12 x 12. Apart from an imbalance due to to one speaker being next to the doorway and hence twice as far from a side boundary as the other, listening to my Virgos nearfield has been a whole new experience. I can't get them as far apart as I'd like but I'm very peased that it is still enjoyable and hoping by the use of some room treatments ( a new learning curve for me, not helped by no one in the UK showing much interest), I'm hoping Nirvana will still be possible.
Rives & Ridgestreets posts are encouraging, it would be no fun if it were easy!
Over the last two months I too relocated to a smallish room, 12X15, with surprising results. I am using 2-way Focal Utopia Be's with an Ayre V1xe, BAT 51SE and Ayre's redbook CDP. My only thought is that as one of the posters above pointed out, I feel the treble is sl too much. Room panels would be the next thought, but not sure which direction/manufacture to seek out. Back to the original post, yes success is very obtainable with smallish size rooms.
I have been using a 10' by 12' wood-panelled library for the past 6 years. My wife lets me use this room only for my system with all the equipment. There is room only for a three person sofa 6' away from the speakers. Over the years I puttered in this 'garden' and currently I use a horn hybrid speaker which sound best in the corners (so do Audio Note speakers.) I use Eighth Nerve for some light room treatment and actively bi-amp with four 45 tube monoblocks. The monoblocks are on the floor between the speakers and the rest of the equipment is located to the side (long interconnects, short speaker cables). IME/IMS, the biggest improvements/uprades have been (in very rough order): Actively bi-amping with a custom tube crossover, the speakers (SAP J2001 twins), adding vinyl, upgrading to EMM Lab digital, adding three dedicated lines, adding the Equitech balanced line conditioning via a remote wall sub-panel. I am thrilled with the nearfield experience/sound I am getting and I cherish this room, albeit its' size . In fact, I am currently building a house with a dedicated music room which is larger (23' by 15' by 10', and I am fearful screwing it up.

Hope this helps,

As with other posters, I also moved audio system into a small room (12X10). It quickly became obvious that moving into smaller room required a system downsize. I found happiness with small two way floorstanders. They have adequate bass with solid imaging. It is very satisfying to have a small secluded space to retire to for relaxation. Go for it.
My room is fairly small at 14.5' x 17' with 10' ceiling. I have a very large two piece per side speaker system in it. Results are wonderful thanks to a TacT RCS. Really the only issues are proper clearance of the speakers from the walls and controlling the bass nodes. Absorptive room treatments help too. There is nothing inherently bad about smaller rooms, and in fact it is easier to achieve great bottom octave bass in them because of room gain starting at higher frequencies (about 33hz in my room) -- of course this is only true if you have speakers that have usable output in the bottom octave, which most speakers do not. I do have plans to expand my room out to 17' x 23' which will give me more flexibility in position of speakers and listening seat.