Originally Posted by acras13
18Hurtz , I thought that the waveguide would help being so close to the ceiling , and I suspected that it wouldn't be any worse in regards to the side wall reflections , thank you for confirming . I will be treating more of my room when I settle on speakers , and gain the knowledge to do it intelligently .
I am trying to stay open to the options , but I do have a tiny bit of reservation that the "horns" will be a little harsh on the highs like some of the Klipsch I've heard in the past . I know this is pretty much unfounded fear from reading many peoples opinions of them , but I tend to analyse and research the living crap out everything , thinking about every possible problem and solution .
I'm more concerned with the speakers physically fitting , and being flat black to cut down on screen reflections . I wouldn't mind having a redhead dancing on my sub in the yard , and I may be making a sub for our outdoor summer movie watching to facilitate that .
If you look around at bars, clubs, churches etc., the waveguide speakers they use tend to be mounted up high for dispersion and aimed at the people while attempting to keep the sound off the ceiling/walls--a chronic issue with PA type installs. Not only are horns/waveguides way more efficient that domes/cones, you get the bonus of much narrower directivity in the vertical which can be a good thing for home use. Co-axials and concentrics are great for a wide and tall sound dispersion, a great thing for surrounds and near field use but can backfire if mounted at a wall/ceiling junction.
Since you are sitting so far back, I'd say a waveguide would work well considering your mounting is more PA style.
Fully understand your nervousness about horn speakers, I ran PA systems in the 90's and for the most part, many band systems I heard were harsh. Owned a set of Klipsch Tangent 50s 25 years ago and the horn was harsh so I get it.
The Fusion 8 was designed by Jeff Bagby using the EOS 8 horn, from what I've read Jeff prefers a more "laid back" sound so the horn is setup in the crossover to be more "relaxed" so any harshness should not be a problem. At 94dB 1w/1m it should work well for tunes on the beach as you need some serious subwoofage to keep up with them. The Fusion 10 was designed by Ray Bouma and he tends to want flat response but if the horns have too much output for personal taste, you can swap the l-pad resistors to cut the amount of output if desired.
For my dancing redhead subs, they are in my garage and I made them 20" tall so people could sit on them. They are 3.5 feet wide and the dual 15" subs are push-pull slot load so they stay in balance and don't vibrate at all. They shake the garage like hell but won't vibrate at all when used as a seat. Viola! I get 7 feet of sitting space for the subs so my neighbor will dance on them (the tops are 1.5" thick plywood heavily braced so not a problem)
Can a Fusion 10 be a great HT speaker, music speaker (with subs) and a small PA speaker for summer BBQs? I'm building then now so I'll find out! Now to go plywood shopping...