Originally Posted by Chucka
I do plan on purchasing the new 3-Way center that Dennis is developing to go with the Phil Jr's. As this is a condo and listening levels will be relatively low, I am initially going to try to NOT use subs.
Movies have a lot of dynamic range. What might be a very quiet dialogue level might give you an unexpected explosion. It's the nature of HT and it doesn't matter what speakers you use. You can compress the dynamic range with Blu Ray Dynamic Range Compression but it may never sound right that way. What does this mean?
I means that even if you don't use a sub, I still recommend running your speakers as small during movie-watching so that the little 6" mid is not over-driven. Set them back to large for music-listening.
I also second the use of the more simple Philharmonitor bookshelves for surrounds. Phil Slim Jrs are overkill in that application. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if the Affordable Accuracy bookshelves suffice. :P
What I am asking here is for opinions on the performance of open back design of the Phil Jr's in HT (in L-R front and L-R surround) applications?
I think they are very articulate and resolving of dialogue. I've been using my Philharmonic 2s in stereo, but they also handle phantom center duty during movies. I can't complain and I barely have any fill in the back - however my baffles are a good five+ feet away from the back wall.
But as I said, with the dynamic range movies have, you can be listening at a comfortably quiet level, and then be startled by even the sound of a motocycle engine revving. It's just the truth of the recording itself.