I'm perfectly fine with the width of the mains on the big LCD system. It is needed for maintaining directionality down to lower Hz. But the height (and corresponding volume) of them is certainly more than needed in a Swarm system. Which also makes them heavier (my personal peeve).
And I'm also fine with the current size of the LCS speaker. Combined with the monitor design I alluded to above, it seems a formidable combination with Swarm support.
Is that one of the ideas you're working on, by chance?
I hadn't really taken weight into consideration, as an argument in favor of stand-mount speakers. Thank you for your input. Here are the things I've considered, but how much, ah, weight, to give to each area, I'm not sure.
1. Using the same drivers, a stand-mount + stand costs more than a floorstander version. If you already have the stands then of course the stand-mount is less expensive.
2, While the stand-mount does weigh less, you don't necessarily have to lift a floorstander - you can use a padded dolly (so maybe the cost comparison should be standmount + stand vs, floorstander + dolly). It's also easier to fine-tune the location of a floorstander by wiggy-walking it a bit.
3. The floorstander requires more aggressive internal bracing, but that's not hard to do. It also has a lower-frequency top-to-bottom internal standing wave, but that can be addressed as well.
4. If you're going to use the LCS modules, it helps a bit if the mains or mains + stand can act as a "shield" to block the direct path so that the LCS's early sidelobe contribution is minimized. Not all stands work well in this regard, and I don't want to go into the stand-making business.
5. Standmounts convey less "visual mass", so they have a higher wife acceptance factor, even though they usually have a larger physical footprint than a corresponding floorstander. Intuitively floorstanders + subs just seems like overkill in many rooms, even if there are good reasons for going that route.
So overall I think floorstander satellites, no more massive than necessary to reach down to the Swarm, are a more practical use of resources. But stand-mount satellites would probably sell better where WAF is a factor (assuming the Swarm hasn't already lost that battle before the first shot was fired!). So I'm working on both.
Do you think there would be a market for a home audio speaker designed to keep weight to a minimum? If so, tell me more about what you have in mind.