Orb replacement suggestions
I'm looking to replace my living room speaker setup. I bought a seven channel setup from Orb Audio based mainly on the WAF aspects and positive reviews. The Orbs overall sound great IMO, but I don't think they move enough air to produce "room filling" sound in my acoustically huge room. I have an open concept floor plan where the living room, kitchen, and dining area are shared with minimal walls. Listening location is about 15' from the orb front soundstage, with no rear wall until you hit the cabinets in the kitchen approx 45' away. 11' ceilings, mixture of carpet and tile flooring.
I'm running two orbs each for the left and right fronts and I've combined 4 of them to make a center channel. Use one orb each for the surrounds in 5.1ch since I went to the 4 for the center. Running a SVS SB12-Plus sub crossed over high at 150hz that I really, really like. Tight punch at <20% gain. Onkyo 806, 130W/ch. eq is set by Audyssey.
In fact it's the authority of the sub that has made me yearn for more with the orbs. I think my space is just too acoustically large for the orbs narrow imaging. I'm forced to crank them up into the -10db range to get what I would call immersive sound during movies (99% of my listening), but that feels like it's straining them as they start to distort at high volume. Even then, I'm constantly aware that the sound is coming from the front soundstage and it "feels" like the audio is coming from a small enclosure, if that makes sense. My front sound stage is what I would call anemic, so much so that I almost never listen to tracks in Dolby digital, favoring all channel stereo instead to get at least some reinforcement.
I had a friend bring over his Paradigm Cinema CT left/center/right thinking their higher sensitivity and multiple drivers would do the trick, but had almost the same feeling when listening to them. The highs were clearer, likely because of the dedicated tweeters, but I was still very, very aware that most all do the audio was coming from the front stage, particularly the center channel, and we had to crank it way up to get any immersive sound.
What I'm looking for is a front sound stage that produces "in your face" audio without having to crank up to reference level volumes. I find it very uncomfortable to listen to high SPL for any lengthy duration.
I'm hoping some decent towers will give me the room filling sound I'm looking for and that I'm not just screwed with the acoustics of my space. I've been looking at the Klipsch RF-52, though I was also recommended the JBL Studio L series and told they would be less directional.
My question is, what aspects of a speaker, equip, or room setup really drive the ability to fill a large room with clear sound without having to just crank it up to ear piercing volume? And what towers are out there that really do that? If i am forced to run them loud, should I be leaning towards biamping them, upgrading to a dedicated LCR amp, etc...
Sorry for the novel, trying to give people enough data to form a response.
Last edited by bigredaggie11; 06-23-2014 at 08:31 PM.