Originally Posted by dgage
Then we'll just put this one down as agree to disagree. Listen, I own both the S8s and the 212s and have no plans to get rid of either...well maybe my 212s due to midbass but that is not in play here.
After reading all of the praise the S8 received on here and at one of the GTGs, I felt I had to pull a couple off the wall and try as mains and I did because I wanted to listen to them and so did Coach. If the S8s were as good as everyone was saying, I could see myself getting a few more for the bedroom as 5.1s to use as "movie" speakers and with music. So I don't understand where the bias comes in, at least with me. After hearing them as mains, even with subs, quite simply, I did not like the S8 as a main...at all...it wasn't even close. I just didn't like the tonal quality of the speaker at all. ****, I'd use my NHT IC4 in-ceiling speakers (in enclosures) as mains before the S8, even with the huge difference in dynamics. And if I had heard the S8 before the 212, I would have thought you guys full of **** and would have never ordered the 212 and wouldn't have driven anywhere for an audition. Good thing that didn't happen as I would have been missing out on some really good speakers in the 212s. To each their own.
I agree with you David,
I had the same experience as you did with the S8s. I ordered it from the rave reviews it got. In fact, i have heard a couple ppl say they couldn't tell much difference between the S8s and the 212s.
Here's a very logical question. If you can't really tell the difference between the S8 and the 212s, then why not just buy the S8s and be done with it? Why spend 3 times the amount for a 212??
In fact, the psychological argument is the exact opposite for me. I got the S8 fully expecting it to sound if not exactly, very close to the 212s, and when i switched out the 212s with the S8s as LCR, it was truly a shocking difference. If i was biased to begin with, i would have been expecting it to sound 'as good'... There is absolutely no way i would be happy with the S8s as LCR under any circumstances. However ,as surround duty, they excel for that job. They are dynamic and can almost follow with the 212s.
Anyways, I hate to get into these kind of arguments. You either can hear a difference or you can't. No one's lying here.