Originally Posted by Droogne
Has anyone had the opportunity to try/hear both and is willing to share some thoughts on it? Have the option to buy 3 LS50s including stands for 1500 or 2 p17s includig stands for 1600. Both are in excellent condition. My room is pretty small (3x3 meter) and I have not chosen an amp for it. Will be using it for movies, but primarly for music.
From a professional review, where any criticism should be looked at carefully:
"The P-17B doesn't come with its own stand, nor could Klipsch recommend one. This posed three problems. First, the base of each P-17B is much larger than that of your average bookshelf model. Many stands lack a plinth large enough for all four of the P-17B's rubber feet to rest on securely, and my own stands were barely large enough to accommodate them. Second, I found that, for optimal sound, the P-17Bs needed to sit at a height where their midrange drivers were exactly at the level of my ears when I'm seated. Any deviation shifted the tonal balance more than with most speakers I've listened to."
"The P-17B's tweeter may have been a bit too airy... sometimes the Klipsch gave me too much of a good thing."
"Though the P-17B's midrange driver reproduced very few fundamentals of the human voice, it did pass along most of the overtones, especially in the area where the ear is the most sensitive."
"For all my raving about them, there was one thing I could not get the Klipsch Palladium P-17Bs to excel at in my room: Try as I might, I could not get them to throw a truly deep soundstage."
Sensitive to vertical height, harsh/emphasized highs, not much bass, and poor soundstage depth.