Originally Posted by gullygill
Hello everyone,been researching speakers for the last 2 months and have settled on the RBH/Emps
I wont be ready to buy until the end of the month but wanted to know if these speakers ever go on sale or do they have b-stock sales?(other than black friday)
Im extremely patient so i don't mind waiting
Im either gonna go with Package 1(4 R5bi and a R56ci) or Package 2(2 R55ti,2 R5bi,and a R56ci)
I contemplated just going with 5 R5bi but there was a really good post in this thread from a couple years ago where a guy test the r5bi and r56ci as centers and that swayed me into getting the R56ci instead of a R5bi as a center
I really want package 2 but cant spend that much without catching hell from the fiancé
I would definitely wait to get the 2nd package if a sale or b-stock was coming in the next couple months or I could find the towers and center used
I realize I am a little late to this and you have probably already gotten your answer.
I live 1 hour from RBH, so I called to see if I could come down and audition them.
The awesome guys I dealt with was the Owner and a very nice soft spoken gentleman named John. John told me they can make "b" stock items at will. They have blemished speaker boxes all the time, however, they don't put speakers and their components in them unless they can sell it. So you would simply call or email and they will assemble some "b" stock for you.
I'm not sure if I got a better deal on mine due to them not having to ship them to me, as I just went and picked them up, but I got what's in my signature (7 speakers) for about 40% off -- all "b" stock.
The R5Bi's are good little speakers, but they are... out of their league when paired with the 56 center. The 56 is so much more full that listening to music through the two 5's and then turning on the center made a shocking difference in sound as the 56 is just that much better and more full. Now in fairness, I did not level match them, I just plugged them in and away we went until I had time go get the bigger 55 towers the week later (drove my small car and did NOT have room for even one 55)
Once I got my 55's home and setup, the 56 center was better matched and not dragging the FL and FR speakers along.
The 55's IMOP are that much better than the 5's -- to me, I wouldn't use the 5's for anything but surrounds. In fact I like my infinities (listed below) better than the 5's as well. Good little speaker though.
Option 2 is the only way to go IMOP.
Now to sound quality, they say these are laid back. I don't agree unless I don't know what the term "bright" means. I'm not sure if it's the tweeter or mid range driver, but they are bright. My infinity speakers are bright too, but these are more bright and after my first 30 minutes or so of listening to music I had had enough. It's been a few weeks now and I am probably more used to their sound now, so it's not bothering me (I guess they break in some too -- oh and running the covers ON also helps tone them down some). They sound good to me for Music now. I've also ran MCACC on them now too, which helped as well.
Now having said that, for movies these things are fantastic. Articulate and they really sound good. Even my wife was commenting on movies we've watched previously that she was hearing stuff she had never heard before. They are awesome for movies. the dialog coming from the 56 center is crystal clear and I don't even have it optimally placed yet.
So for what it's worth those are my thoughts. For what I paid I am very pleased.
Oh and they are dang sexy looking speakers too. Mine are black, but the red burl looks amazing in person. The pictures don't quite do them justice.