Originally Posted by Looneybomber
...not saying the seos speakers sound like crap, I'm just saying I have yet to hear anything with a compression driver that sounds good to me and it may be something with how compression drivers work?
I've been listening to Yorkville U15 Unitys in a system that normally uses LS-6 line arrays and would love for you to hear them...anything but crap! If you have yet to a hear anything with a compression driver sound good, you need to hear more compression drivers.
I do prefer the LS-6 for music but these Unitys are sounding very good even stock; with some eq and further tweaking they will only get better. I'm sure the Salks sound great with music, but they are going to be left in the dust dynamically compared to a compression driver based speaker when it comes to HT. Listening to music on the above two speakers being powered by 150wpc from an Emotiva DMR-1 in this 2nd system, my typical MV position for the relatively efficient LS-6 is -30...I'm at -50 with the Unitys for the same volume level. The dynamics they bring to the table are almost ridiculous; in other words, just about perfect.
Add in one of the QSC DCA amps to the mix, things get interesting fast if you want them to.
I hear you on the ribbon tweeters -- love them myself and have Magnepan 3.6R's and Carver Amazings that use ribbons (also Martin Logan CLS electrostats) for when I feel like a little more sweetness and air to the presentation. Many say that ribbons and stats have an overly heightened sense of realism and as such are inaccurate -- in addition to the fact that they suck up copious amounts of wall power when you want them to boogie -- oh well, I say...I love them and they certainly have their place, but when it comes to HT, it's very tough to beat what a compression driver based speaker will do. They may give up some top end extension, but that really isn't a big detriment when it comes to HT. Dynamics and clarity are where it's at.
LTD, regarding Tannoy I'm assuming you're speaking of the VQ series stuff that uses the BMS 4592 coax compression driver. I'm sure you know this, but some may not -- even their Dual Concentric stuff employs a compression loaded top end -- domes in this case. Pretty cool stuff, I have some of their 12's that are rated to deliver 120 dB average and 126 dB peak...not too shabby for a dome tweeter.
I had plans of putting together a variant of the VQ-60's with 2226J's and 2360A horns from Erich and a pair of 4590's...I have the parts but not the space. In addition to the fact that the rig comes in at about 42" deep (space I don't have in this room), a quick listen to the 4590/2360 combo (sans woofers) told me a 10' listening distance is probably not far enough away -- they wanted to rip my head off! These will have to wait for a larger space - 40x60 sounds about right.
Nick, Erich's SEOS stuff would be a super solid way to go for your room!