Yes i know this is a DIY forum, but i trust the opinion of people on here more than on non-DIY speaker forums. By the way i already asked this on Prosoundweb but they locked my thread, because their ego was too big to discuss applications that are not strictly prosound.
Ok so the setup is you have a living room, a flat screen TV plugged into a computer acting mainly as a computer monitor, but also as an actual TV and you need to put some speakers on the sides of this TV - mostly for music & music videos, but also movies, podcasts, various news programs, documentaries etc.
So i have narrowed it down to 2 options:
1 - QSC KW 153
2 - Revel F12 ( this option is cheaper, but i would need to buy an amp, whereas QSC is powered )
Obviously these are VERY different speakers, but also they have similarities. Both are 43" tall, both are 3-way. Both have roughly 50hz to 20khz response which means they can be used stand alone or with subwoofers for greater extension.
I would expect Revel to sound excellent at lower levels, but compressed at higher levels. I also expect QSC to sound less refined at lower levels but to really rock at higher levels. That's my guess though, nothing more.
So which way would you go ? And what amp would you use to power the Revel - Emotiva XPA-2 ?
ps: i don't have any subs now, but i could add them later - either DIY or commercial.
pps: i like both Vocal-Centric as well as Electronic-Bass-Centric music. i expect the speakers to be able to handle Vocals out "out of the box" so to speak, and Electronic Bass with subs. I also expect the speakers to be able to handle everything EXCEPT electronic bass without subs.
some videos to help you visualize the choice:
ppps: the QSC is definitely much louder than i need, that is not in question. the question is whether Revel is loud enough for me. i never have and never will push a speaker beyond its comfort zone. i want the speaker's comfort zone to cover all my SPL needs.