Overkill for small room

Hello all - long time lurker, first time poster. I've enjoyed reading so many of these posts, and I feel like I'm learning so much from you guys. Thank you for that.

I am strongly considering a pair of Dynaudio 20i - I am aware they require serious amplification - but I suspect that they'll be too much for a small room

Room specs: (11 wide by 14 long, normal ceiling height with acoustical tile, carpet tile covering one entire wall, wall-to-wall carpet on top of cement slab, no basement).

Am I nuts? 

Thank you in advance.


@asctim - interesting advice, as I assumed I'd set up the speakers on the narrow end, but I'll play with both and see what I like better.

Regarding subs, I agree. I've had huge speakers in the past (Acoustic Research TSW 810s I think) that did not need subwoofers! - we used to call them coffins. Anyway, those were tough to move from both a weight perspective and a room mode perspective (had large rear-firing woofers). 

I've since moved to smaller speakers (bookshelf) with a B&W ASW610 sub and I like the flexibility of being able to move things around more easily. As I prepare for my next significant upgrade, Ive been moving things around quite a bit to hear how the speakers and the room sound. When my new, smaller room is ready I can begin experimentation in there. Really excited. Sub is at least 20 years old and well used, so I'll consider replacing/upgrading (maybe 2) into the new space. 

I assumed I'd set up the speakers on the narrow end

I think that with your size room it would be better to place your speakers along the 11' wall. This will allow you to place both your speakers and your listening chair closer to the center of the room and away from the walls. You should try and keep a few feet if possible between your chair and the wall behind it.

The room will always be your biggest obstacle in achieving great sound. I would put most of my energy into learning how to either tune your room to your system (room treatments) or tune your system to your room (equalization) or a combination of both.

My room is 14' 4" x 10' 6" x 9'. I'm pairing small bookshelf speakers with 4) 12" subs. I play very loud aggressive music and I feel the highs are very clear and distinct, the mids are warm and natural and the lows thump but are not boomy.

continued excellent advice. I've got a lot to think about prior to the amp purchase, but the research and learning is a big part of the fun for me.  Thanks to all who have contributed helpful advice.

@audiorusty - I'm curious to know what you consider "very loud aggressive music." Do tell. And 4X 12" subs? What is your crossover? Are you feeding them with sub-outs or speaker-level? It must thump, indeed.

I’ve owned the special 40’s. They work quite well with Jazz, classical, and most vocal instrumentation. 

Electronic, rock, hip hop. Yes. They will play. Though they do not accelerate well with that style of music. At least that was my experience. Pass labs xa25, Herron vtsp line stage. I have zero treatment in my room, with the exception of wall to wall office carpet for my entire apartment. Maybe it helps. Maybe it hinders. Went back to my old speakers.  My little part of the world is good now. 

I heard the Dynaudio Special 40 with Moon electronics at Quintessence Audio in Chicago, and man that was some music/sound. Immediately grabbed my attention and I could not just NOT sit down and listen. That was some special pairing. But the room also made a big difference.