Originally Posted by jedimastergrant
The center is vertical to match. One concern I have is that the sound from the top of the horn could just touch the lip of my rope light tray. I was afraid this would muddy up the dialogue somehow. Well, if it is then I can't detect it.
I see you have JTR surrounds. That is now my weak link. My surrounds strain at reference (which does not happen much for movies). But after hearing Davids' S8's I instantly knew that my surround field was inferior.
I wasn't sure from your photos if it was vertically behind the screen or just below...wasn't sure if you had an AT screen or not.
You made some great points about the 212HT...it is absolutely clean and just a wall of sound. So much so, after you've gotten used to hearing them for a while, one just has to hook up your old speakers to really hear how dramatic of a difference it is and how much you were missing. I did this with some speakers I've had that I used to think were great...and now...they honestly sound terrible. There was so much detail and dynamics I was missing...and as you said, the dimensional effect of the musicians really adds to the listening experience. For me, I've found them to be great with music after balancing the subs. I had planned to get a pair of bowers wilkins 803D, but I became very content after the 212's arrived...especially how much value you get...there are speakers more expensive than the 212 that don't sound as good to me...or not worth it for the last 5-10% of perceived improvement. Heck, treatments will improve things for people more often than more expensive speakers! I'll eventually setup a separate dedicated 2 channel system, but I'm having so much fun with my current HT toys being able to do double duty.
In regards to the S8...it's the same story as the 212...once you get them into your room, you'll be wondering why you didn't get them sooner. I will say, there are some great cd/horn surrounds that will timbre match well and keep up with the 212...and at half the cost. However, when you do an a/b comparison, that's when you can really tell how different the S8 sound. For some, it may be worth it and others, not so much. When I watch a scene like Book of Eli or anything with a great surround mix, the S8 really shine. Just keep an eye on the classifieds and some may come up...but I can guarantee this...you won't see mine for sale