Originally Posted by rcohen
The general feedback is that the 3-way models are best for music, but they are all super-close for movies. From there, which model depends on how low you need to go and how much space you have. If space is tight, the 210s are the smallest 3-way models.
If by 'super-close
' for movies, you mean physically close, then yes... that is exactly one of the things that I'm trying to balance in my little space. I'm going to re-post the picture from earlier, so we have a frame of reference. (By the way, is
that what you mean by 'super-close'?)
The tweeters on the B&W 803s are at the bottom corners and my head is at the top corner of an equilateral triangle that is 7' on a side. That should give you an idea of the size of the listening space. And, yes, for music, they are nicely located. But, as you imply, anything larger, or closer, might be just a bit much for movies played at, or near, reference levels. This is why my focus has been on the 228HTs. When mounted up, and back, with the horn aligned with the centerline of the screen, they would give me an extra 10" of distance to my head (which doesn't sound like much, but it represents an additional 12% of distance). Also, that put the L+Rs closer to, or at, the distance to C.
As it turns out, the 210RMs have the same depth and the same width, so I could still achieve the increase in distance that I'm hoping for, and the box would only be 8" taller (which, from the point of view of the centerline reference, only represents 4" more above and below said centerline - I'm already starting to rationalize... you see what's happening here?).
I hadn't really stopped to do that comparison before. That's not bad. Then, stepping up to the 212HTRs, I think that the cross-sectional area (40" x 16.5") begins, maybe
, to be a little overwhelming. However, having said that, the 212HTRs extend the 228HT's LFR by 10hz, where the 210RMs lost 10hz compared to the 228HTs.
Hmmm... I think that it is time to make a couple of mock-ups for sizing purposes. I like the idea of having, what is possibly (?), the more musical 210RMs in there, but, man, those 212HTRs look like they will kick some serious arse! And, yes, their website is confusing to me, the 212HTRs are 3-way?
Well... I was going to continue along the "I'm confused by their descriptions...
" train of thought, but I finally figured out what was confusing me: I had no idea that those horn-loaded drivers were coaxial... So, every time I saw 'coaxial' in the description, I was automatically picturing the kind of coaxial driver that is in, say, the Single 8HTs... a woofer, with a coaxially-mounted HF driver in the middle. And this notwithstanding the fact that the description clearly
refers to the horn not the woofer(s)... duhhh....
So, never mind... things are a little clearer to me now, and those 212HTRs are beginning to stimulate my itch.
Well, you guys have been nudging me, all along, in this direction, and I've been adding more information about my theater, a little at a time. So, now that you, hopefully, have that slightly clearer picture of my situation, is the nudge still in play? Go with the 212HTRs, and space-be-damned?
This would clearly make the DIY surrounds/heights a must.