Originally Posted by nizl
Yeah, unfortunately this pro is a very frequent contributor to AVS, and lots of people listen to his advice, hence the reason I felt like my brain was melting...
Are you sure you received bad advise?
I would suspect the AVS contributor you are referring to is a highly qualified calibrator and has experience with speaker systems exponentially more accurate/precise than the Ultra's with regard to frequency mapping.
With most audio components being manufactured in China, it's highly likely quality control could be suspect.......ie. frequency accuracy across all speakers in the room would not match precisely. Nothing a little eq-ing can do.......ie. QSC 322ua control for frequency/level matching, time/delay etc.
For high end home theaters, the QSC 322ua or Rave 922 are great tools for qualified calibrators............no harm no foul. Most home theater systems could use such tools.
I've had a listen to the Kipsch Ultra II system.........if purchase at the right price, an outstanding solution for a dedicated home theater system. If you want to take the Ultra's to a new height, I suggest at a minimum 2 QSC 322ua units for speakers and subs.
BTW, I've had a chance to listen to a Proaudio Technology system using 3 SCR 12sm screen speakers and 4 SCRS 8ai costing close to $60,000........the best system I've heard to date for movies. The Klipsch Ultra II system was not too far behind in quality sound IMHO. Of course, the rack amps associated with the Proaudio Tech's have internal DSP to help fine tune each speaker.................BTW adding the QSC 322ua to the Ultra II chain would be very similar in execution to the Proaudio Tech's system.