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You really have to make a decision as to what use your "system" will be; ie: movies, music or both.
I have a dedicated Home Theater that looks like a screening room. The room and equipment is designed around watching movies which is 99.9% of the time.
When soundtracks are transfered to a medium be it DVD, LD, VHS, DBS, etc they use something called an Aceademy (spell check) Curve. Everything above 14,000 kHz is rolled off. The human ear can go as high as 16,000 but no where near 20,000.
The soundtracks for real theaters are pumped up at the treble end for the loss that horns have going through the screen which is thicker than a HT screen. No one uses horns in a HT system. Horns are designed for big rooms like movie theaters. The idea is to have the people in the back of the theater hear clearly while not blowing the people in the front of the theater, out of their seats.
When you place speakers behind a screen you accoplish two very important things:
1. All speakers are on the same plane so when sound is panned from L to C to R the sound will be natural as opposed to having the sound on two different planes like a RPTV where the C Channel is above the screen.
2. The C Channel is located at "screen center" which is where directors place the actors faces. This allows the sound to come from the actors mouth, rather than above or below.
Both of these aspects will heighten your movie experience...like a subwoofer will with explosions and such.
Yes you will lose some of the highs and if this will disturb you than you can use a 3 channel EQ made by Rane Corp. to bring them as high as you want. Just make sure that any EQ is done after the processor and not before.
Personally, as I have said, I like the drop in treble as it is not great. Just enough to tame digital soundtracks. The sound is not muffeled in any way.
Claude, I live 17 miles from the Throggs Neck Bridge. If you live near the GW Bridge it would be less than an hour to my house. The same for the Staten Island Bridge.