Originally Posted by glissaid
Well I'll be running a 4000 ulf or a pair of smaller caps crossed anywhere from 80 to 120,my room is 2200 cubic feet.I guess if the three way speaker would help hear a gun reloading and the tinkle tinkle of bullet casing hitting the floor or a mouse scurrying in front of me it could be worth the extra money,but $2300 better? I don't have a way to hear these speakers side by side so I'm relying the experience of others on this forum.
Jeff could say better than I which speakers would work best at what crossover. My guess is that the 212s would give better midbass at 80hz, but there would be less difference at 120hz.
It's hard to predict on the mouse and bullet casing. You'd certainly be able to hear that with all the speakers, but it's a tough question whether the 3-ways would render that more lifelike.
I think the main advantages of the 3-ways are that vocals aren't in the crossover (cleaner), more high frequency extension with a more ribbon-like character, and improved off-axis response. This stuff is mainly noticeable in critical music listening.
I didn't get a chance to hear the new 2-ways, and the gap may be closing. Also, of what I have heard, the differences in room and setup tend to at least as big as the differences between speakers.
Only you can say whether that's worth $2300 to you. It was for me, but the differences I mentioned are important to me.
If you plan to orient the center speaker horizontally, I think the 3-way advantage with off-axis response would have a bigger impact. Either way, it's better to match them than mix them.