Well, I finally got the ADP470s dialed in, and the rear 20s positioned better and I gotta say the 20/adp470/20 set up is a pretty massive improvement over the 20/20/atom setup.
Last night I had the chance to watch the movie that really made me feel that directs were simply too aggressive for my room width and seating. In "A tale of two sisters" (excellent flick btw) in chapter 11, there is a door that closes abruptly that should come from over your left shoulder. With the 20s as sides, it noticeably came from the 20 (it is a very loud door slam) and didn't quite jive with the spatial cues of the film. With the ADPs the sound of the door was almost perfectly placed as if I were in the room with the characters. So good in fact, that it scared the crap out of me even though I was waiting for it. Of course, the fact that I have a doorway there without a door added to that. Nothing like watching a ghost story and having doors close in your house that aren't there.
So, now I'm in the Dipole camp that I never thought I would join. Big fan of directs, but in smaller rooms, or at least my narrow room, the ADPs are the ticket for true immersion.
Now to figure how best to restore the DVD-A experience. Without a dedicated room though, I think a solid hi-res music/movie system is just going to be a compromise, or one that's great at one, and only good at another.
"...almost anything most people buy sounds great in the abscence of comparison."