Originally Posted by gfbl
just chiming in that your system sounds spectacular as is.
Im sure many wished they could accumulate what you currently have. Good luck with your search.
Thank you! And, I can't express how happy I was when I first upgraded to the JTRs from Klipsch RF82s in bar room and Paradigm studio 100s in previous theater. Most would prefer the studio 100s over the lesser msrp RF82s but there was just something about the Klipsch towers that I really liked and they are still in my bar to today with a RC64 II center and monoprice inwall 8" speakers for surround duty accompanied by two original cherry mfw 15s lol. I'm not too fond of the RC64 II for the money and actually would give it negative reviews if I did a review of it but it was what I "thought" would best match the towers. Many think my bar room is my theater and are blown away by it until they realize the "real" sound experience is actually in the next room down the hall.
When I purchased the JTR 888s I thought I was stepping up into the big leagues as far as sound and loudness. I'd never researched pro audio gear nor heard it in a home. One of my Xbox buddies "mrlittlejeans" actually turned me onto home theater with projectors and basically sold me on the JVC RS1x, mfw15s, and a carada BW 110" screen over Xbox chat while playing call of duty. He had the RS1 and some mfw15s and told me about this addictive site called AVS forums. It wasn't long after I registered that I ordered the RS1x and carada screen. Then as soon as I assembled the frame and measured to see if could fit the mfws they were emmediately ordered too. My life of home theater with large flat panels was a thing of the past instantly and my (then) wife thought I was nuts for ordering a custom rug to fit the hardwood within 2" of the baseboards all around and blacking out the windows with vinyl. I was happy with my RF82s, paradigm bookshelf surrounds, paradigm center, and mfw 15s up front with a paradigm cube directly behind listening position (note no timbre match at all). Actually I thought it was the best/baddest theater room ever and so did many of my friends.
My online buddy mrlittlejeans had mentioned how he had some small JTR single or slanted 8s and how awesome they were but I just took it like a grain of salt and never researched it again until I was planning my new theater with my "new" wife. Once I saw how large the JTR thread was and how many people praised their performance I immediately remembered how all of mrlittlejeans' other recommendations literally blew my mind so I started asking questions in the JTR thread about what I needed etc... This is where "I" messed up! I asked all the wrong questions and ordered the 888s instead of the triple 12s based on the "wrong" questions I'd asked.
But, when I got the 888s in the mail and hooked them up in my office room to my first pro amp (qsc 3602) I was absolutely amazed at how loud and detailed they were at every volume level. They sounded great in my little room with 2mfw15s and 2 Mal 21s but once they were moved into the theater with more subs than most bands I quickly realized I was missing out on what the 12s would have added to the upper end of the bass/mid bass region. It was/is still way beyond what I thought was achievable in a home theater after experienced what the mfw15/Klipsch setup was capable of doing.
Well my intro/venture into home theater story has one more chapter left to add to that long ramble and hope it blows my mind just as much as the previous ones did.
So the question remains-will SH50s be enough (maybe even with some added MBMs) or would they still leave me with that last wow factor of upgrading to SH64s or larger. I want extreme mid bass slam and eliminate the house curve so many enjoy. I like the bass hot but would like the ability to have the mid bass just as hot, if that makes any sense.