Okay, got the A 250s and the HS225 in and wow what a difference in music- with no sub.
Musically this setup is pretty amazing even with crappy 96kbps MP3s. My uncompressed AIFFs, AAC lossless, pretty much everything. Everything is crisp and full sounding. Instrumental detail is there throughout. Really good range. I just can't get over the clarity though. I have a lot of orchestral stuff (soundtracks) some simulated some truly orchestrated and live, and they are amazing. Some older Miles Davis and jazz stuff if I close my eyes I can almost feel as if Im in the blues club. I admit I don't listen to a lot of music at home, but this will definitely change.
Movies are a new experience for sure. I have the 1220 frequency set near 80. Mains crossed over at 60, center at 80 and the Polk 6750s that formerly were my mains tucked into the couch for surrounds at 120.
Everything is so crisp and clear. I was worried about the height difference causing some distraction. but it's really a pretty seamless front stage. Even standing 3 feet from my TV and speakers, it is pretty seamless. The only thing I'm finding is that the center may be a bit more boomy than I'd like. I Mostly notice it with female voices. The center is ported, and based on mounting location location above TV there is only about 4" of clearance from wall so that may be affecting things. I've gone ahead and run the auto eq, and readjusted the crossovers back to where I want them and the tone feels like it has improved in terms of voices. Might be imagination. We'll see.
The Sub is a world of difference compared to the Polk. I haven't had a chance to play with music while I've had the sub as my apple tv is frozen in an update, but movies are so much cleaner. The polk just puts out noise, the 1220 really is more of an experience. Now I am starting to realize what a sub truly should be vs just a big rumble - which considering I'm sorta like a responsible party in the movie mix process isn't a bad thing .... hahaha
The street speak is that BA typically need break in as well, so im looking forward to it. I can't wait until the wife is out of the house to give it a real test run.
Very pleased. Thanks for the suggestions. The beauty is I still have room to upgrade in the future all the way around.