Originally Posted by biznus97
Anyone listening to the towers from around 8 feet back? Wondering if they work well this close or of I need to be looking at bookshelves.
My system is currently in a room that is quite small, and it works great. There were some issues with bass peaks, and nulls (room modes) my Anthem processor with ARC took care of the bass problems, as well as doing an excellent job integrating a sub woofer. Not an ideal situation, but it's still very good.
The stereo imaging isn't as deep, or wide as it would be in a better room, multi-channel reproduction is awesome, great sound field representation with 5.1 channel sources.
I have NrT Sierras for surrounds and they were used as front stage speakers before I got the Towers. I can't say that there is an advantage to bookshelves that I'm aware of in your circumstance. Of course, there are many things I'm not aware of LOL!
With the significant amount of time I've spent with the RAAL Towers, I can say that the most significant areas the RAALs shine in comparison to the NrTs are in the areas of imaging, low level detail, and purity of sound quality. The sound of a bell, cymbal, or triangle is crystal clear and in a solid image from the time it is struck, until the sound has decayed to inaudibility. And it is still clear and audible amidst many other higher level sounds of all frequencies.
I was listening to a well recorded jazz title this morning, I could clearly visualize where every piece of the drum kit was located, and almost watch the drummer hitting the snares, and cymbals by visualizing where they were all located in the sound stage. I wasn't even trying to listen that closely, sometimes things just stick out to you when listening. I think horns (trumpets, saxophones, etc...) sound sweeter, more accurate with the ribbons as well.
I truly don't notice much difference between the ribbons and the domes in a movie. I'm usually too engaged in the movie to be listening for the smaller details in the soundtracks. I will say that the gunshots in a scene from the "Mr Brooks" Blu-ray is the most realistic sounding gunshot I've ever heard, I think Kevin Costner has a thing for gunshot sounds! "Open Range" is also pretty darn good. I don't think the ribbons have a lot to do with the gunshots sounding so real, but it does speak volumes for the dynamic capabilities of the Towers/Horizon.