So I have moved my equipment into its dedicated room and finished my THT and I absolutely LOVE it. Ihave some questions about my other speakers though... Let me start with what I currently have.
I am running Rocket rs550 mkii for mains and rsc200 (bigfoot) center channel, paired with the THT and a denon 1713 receiver. Room is approx 3300 cubic feet. Listening position is about 11 1/2 - 12 feet from the mains. So here is the issue... I am wondering if the mains and center I have now are ideal for my situation They are relatively inefficient speakers, about 87-88 dbl I believe, so with that sensitivity, that receiver, and the distance I am nowhere close to getting reference level. That being said, I don't usually listen at reference, more like - 20 to - 15. Another issue I am having is dialogue not sounding the way I would like during movies. I guess it just doesn't have that crisp, in your face quality that I am looking for. I find my self having to crank up the volume to get closer to that sound, but then I'm constantly adjusting volume the whole time. So what do I do? I thought, well adding an extra amp would get a little more juice to the speakers, but let's be realistic, in order to really hit reference or close with headroom I'd need to send enough juice to cook an egg on the voice coil. Some of the most interesting info I've learned while doing my research here on theforum is tthat some things with speakers are subjective, and some are just plain math. I know the 550s are not the speakers I need to have dynamic peaks in a 3300 cubic foot room from 12 feet away.
So then I started reading about the SEOS designs and was intrigued. I also read about the noesis, the 212 and the 228. I read one persons opinion and they described some of the same issues I was having with dialogue, etc, and they were amazed at what a step up the 228s were in that category. Actually most of the SUBJECTIVE reviews I have read on the noesis sound like they would be a great fit, but I am much more in the budget of a DIY SEOS Tempest build. Now, this is NOT a noesis vs tempest thread, I know that the noesis line uses an expensive coaxial CD, and the sound between the Tempest and the noesis will be different, but honestly I would be just fine with that if a SEOS design gives me the sound that I am looking for, which is sharp, crisp dialogue with more dramatic peaks etc. I am wondering a CD based main is what I am looking for. I love the idea of a MUCH more efficient design. I can sometimes get things to sound a bit better if I use dynamic volume, but if I am smashing my peaks, that kind of defeats the whole purpose!!
To make things even more complicated, I worry about the CD based design really only shining at obscene spl levels. I have also heard that a more traditional tweeter may be actually more pleasing at moderate volume levels, and it's really only close to reference that people start to prefer the sound of a CD. Is this still the case with a decent quality CD like what the Tempest uses? Subjective I know, but I value the subjective opinions of the members here. Sorry to be long winded, and hopefully I have given enough info. Thanks in advance, guys!