I got the Athena Point Fives last Tuesday and I installed them immediately.
I am truly blown away by them. Last night while watching the superbowl, the crowd audio in surround made it feel like I was actually there!
For some reason, with my old KLH $100 Best Buy specials, I never got much audio from the rear speakers. I had to up the volume a ton in the rears and I still didn't get much out of them. Perhaps it was just the horrid range of the speakers or the bad directionality of them (you can't really pinpoint the location of the sound with them).
But these new Athenas have such surround volume and clarity that I may actually have to lower the levels in the surrounds. I probably sit around 6 feet closer to the surrounds than I do the fronts and center channel.
I am using very thin wire for the fronts right now. The rears are using thicker stuff. I am going to upgrade the front wire to thicker stuff tonight to see if it makes a difference. Since I am blown away by the surrounds, and those use thicker wires, I figure maybe it will make a difference in the fronts, too.
Not to say I don't also think that the fronts are amazing. They are. I can now HEAR dialog! It is amazing the difference that a good center channel can make!
Thanks for making this page, Brian. If I didn't see it, I never would have gotten the Athenas. I definitely wouldn't have gone searching for them and found them on EBay for $140!
Brian, do you have the speakers set up as "Large" as the manual says they should be? That seems a bit counter-intuitive to me. I do have a large powered sub woofer.
Oddly, unless I am in very certain modes on my SONY receiver, I have found that I can end up with very tinny audio out of the Athenas. Putting the speakers in Large mode helps. And using one of the Sony Cinema modes also helps. But it is just odd. When it is right, though, wow.