Yeah, sorry... that was a confusing post.
The B&W Matrix 803 Series II (vintage circa 1995) is a very capable loudspeaker. Witness the fact that this pair has survived in my HT for 20 years (
). However, the point of the comparison I mentioned was not to compare the performance
of the 803s vs the HTRs, but to compare the placement
of the loudspeakers in the system. Consequently, the test passages we ran through the system for this comparison were played at a modest level, while each of us sat at the MLP with eyes closed, and the other played those passages while swapping between the Right Front HTR (behind the screen) and the Right Front 803 (in front of the screen, and wider, ~18 inches).
The result of our, rather unscientific, A-B test was that we were unable to discern a penalty, at least for the movie passages we chose, associated with the loss of the additional 18 inches of separation. Moreover (and this is the part of my earlier post that I'm sure was the source of the confusement
... (I just made that one up, whaddya think?)) --> Each of us had a hard time even telling which
of the two Right loudspeakers we were listening to
. Again, the test material was a movie passage, which was neither demanding, nor played back at anything like Reference level.
I hope this is a little clearer than the earlier post.
p.s. I forgot to mention that we found the 803 and the HTR to be quite closely level-matched with no preliminary adjustments.