Originally Posted by ScottS
I use the SR71's as my 3 front speakers behind a 120" screen. My friend built 3 also and use uses them as fronts under his screen. We couldn't be happier. For the price they are a steal.
They are very musical and work well for audio listening as well. I have debated making some ZRT's as Zaph says they provide the ultimate in small 2-way performance, but 2.5x the price of the SR71's I've been lacking the motivation.
If you're Ok with the extra money for the ZRT's you'll know that there is not much available in the 2-way space that will sound better at any price,
Thanks for the response.
I've been through a few sets of commercial stuff (ML 12's, old Infinity SL40's) I currently have the Zaph ZA5.3c across the front of my HT. Just finished listening to some of the Eagles ballads with the Rythmik's. If the SR71 or ZRT kits can improve on that I can't imagine how nice that would be. The 5.3's are very clear and fairly dynamic. They struggle with some piano stuff and female vocals can be a bit forward. The midbass impact is a bit thin but when crossed well with my subs (and I'm finding out that is a big key to my satisfaction) they sing pretty well. I can't help thinking I can take it one step further and build something nicer for 2.1 listening, maybe even leaving the 5.3's in place for HT.
I played with my subwoofer locations tonight and finally corner loaded both of them on the screen wall (my only option) and it really opened things up. Its still a work in progress but getting there. The HT stuff is fine as is but I enjoy toying with this stuff to see what's possible.
Not trying to get too technical with this stuff but when you read the Zaph site you think results will suffer badly if you vary the parameters of the box design even the least bit. The only combo I'd wonder about is the SR71's in the 22L ported cabinet. I guess filling it with something solid to reduce the volume would work (if needed). The ZRT in a 20L sealed box appeals to me since its recommended from the zaph site and I won't have to mess with a port in the PE cabinet.
So...hmmm. $600 for the SR71's. $900 for the Rediscovery or $1200 for the ZRT's. (plus some bits and pieces). In the long run the $600 will be long forgotten if I go all out for the ZRT's and I won't have any second thoughts or what ifs. Maybe I can beat this upgraditis that seems to be creeping in.