I have been thinking about going the DIY route for my front stage for awhile now and was wondering if I would see a noticeable improvement over my current setup? This is what I have currently.
I have Polk rt-55 with rebuilt crossovers and an AV123 XC-S center channel. The polks are being powered by a Hafler 220 and the center off the Onkyo 709. I also have Polk rt-55 for surround sound being powered off the Onkyo. For subs I have 2 DIY Sound Splinter 12's being powered by a Tapco j1400.
I have been thinking about the Fusion 8 Alchemy center channel and right and left duty. And possibly later on using the Volt 6 for surround sound. But for now I would leave the polks for surround sound duty. Would there be a noticeable difference going with this upgrade? It is pretty much a 50/50 split with movie watching and music.
I would say yes, there should definitely be a noticeable difference, especially on movies where the Polk speakers are not very good at due to their low sensitivity. If you can afford it, the Fusion 15 or 1099's would be a really nice step up.
I heard the fusion 8 towers and would recommend them. They had good mid-bass from them and were really clear. I had polks from a few years back and the diysg speakers do sound better IMO. Give them a try your going to like them a lot.
I have found that my set of F15's in stereo for vintage 2 channel music, no subs ,
the sound stage clear, deep and wide, excellent center fill and plenty of bass for that type of source including most TV.
or you elect to run stereo with subs in your OSD set-up, your
AVR may give you that option
and it budget allows , a F15 for the center will be a comprehensive unified way to go,
otherwise I have a 88 Special for a center so the 3 x 15 horns do look and sound fantastic
the joke wrt the picture, taken out side with the new Lhorns subs, is that the grills match. . . Ha Ha
the combined sound however , as Cartman says: Totally