I guess at this point its down between the JBL LS80, or since it is mostly for movies, the Klipsch Ultra 2 THX. I really like the look of the JBL's and may work best for music but I bet the horn on the Klipsch would be hard to beat for movies and I seriously doubt the JBL LS series center could hang with one of the Klipsch. The Ultra 2 line is fugly though. At least they're black.
Regarding efficiency, the consensus seems to be that a high efficiency horn loaded compression design works best for home theater but I'm not sure my room nor wallet is big enough to justify a JTR system and my wife really doesn't like the look of the rooms of guys who use them with huge speakers laying everywhere. Mostly I really want to hear all the whispers and low level dialog and super high efficiency seems to be the best way to do that. My current Wharfedales powered by a Sony receiver simply cannot do that at all, you have to turn it up way too loud to be able to hear the subtle nuances in speech plus background information, but when you do that, action scenes and everything else are uncomfortably loud and very distorted. One of the JBL reviews said exactly that, said it was literally a dangerous situation and they would rip his face off when turned up enough to actually hear the background information, using Cars 2 as an example. Why is this good? Seems like they should be efficient enough that you can hear the quieter details without ripping your face off on the bigger sounds. These Ultra2 THX's are 97 db even with just two 6.5's. The JBL has an even larger compression driver plus adds another tweeter plus have two really beefy 8's, why are they only 90 db?
I like the idea that the JBL's have a compression driver, and 90db may be good for normal speakers but I just don't understand why they are nowhere near as efficient as other offerings that have compression drivers, and wish I knew it could hang just as well on movies.
Anyway, are the Ultra 2 THX a better choice if looks weren't an issue, which it kind of is, but still?