Originally Posted by Knucklehead90
The preferred center channel speaker in the Emotiva line is the 6.3. At $599 msrp I'm not going to bite
That's only 150$ more than the bigfoot though, and not having to deal with the company that sells the Bigfoot is well worth the 150$ imho, especially if it's true that it's a better sounding speaker.
dhensley: btw, hearing the speakers even in an unoptimal setting is still better than not hearing them at all... Paradigm S60v5 vs Totem Forest, as mentioned, you might as well be looking at the Signature line as the prices of the two mentioned speakers are quite far apart, S60 vs Forest isn't that much different than Signature S8 vs Forest for price!
Anyhow, B&M, you should definitely be looking at other speaker brands which you can at least hear
... Your shop experience sounded very disappointing, but it's similar to mine. Well I had absolutely no issue demoing speakers, but taking gear home for free evaluation doesn't fly here. Restocking fees and the such make it extremely expensive to demo gear at home even for just 1-2 days.
But, definitely look into other brands. Dynaudio is great, Monitor Audio, Energy, lots of good brands, you'd probably find speakers you'd prefer to either Digms or Forests... Personally, I heard the Forests not too long ago, in a big room though, and was not impressed. They were not bad per se, they were ok, they just didn't wow me. Resolution was good, imaging too, but bass was fairly light and just really unimpressive, though the big room probably had to do with that,. Stick a pair of Paradigm S8 in there, or maybe even Studio 100, and I'm sure that 90% of 'rockers' would have preferred the Digms.
Again, it varies depending on taste and room... And placement... Forests probably could have sounded better with better placement... How large is your room btw? With 18 foot ceilings and 3 sets of windows I'd expect it to be fairly large.
And don't miss out on internet direct speakers... Just do some good checking on the company you're planning to buy from not to get any surprises. There's some good ones, and some bad ones... The Emotivas look interesting
Again, for rockers, I'd be tremendously surprised if most would prefer the Forests (in a fairly large room). Had I 5000$ I wanted to spend for speakers, I'd probably go used or ID, then B&M, and in B&M, Totem would be pretty low on the list as they have a pretty low bang for the buck value (Had 2 Totems speakers in the past...)