alright here we go..
as you may have read in the past posts i bought a pair of 550's (they still have some at crutchfield for cheap)
then thanks to mr pulliman from avs, i acquired a pair of 150's for the rear.
well over the past week or so i have gone thru different set ups.
tried the 150 as the center above the tv, and below.
placed it high and inverted it to see if there was a difference.
placed the 150's in the rear inverted up high, then low (same height as the 550's)
when i had a 150 as center i kept re-playing a scene over and over again and switching the 150 off, and on (phantom center)
from all this work and many wall patches
i have came to this realization.
1. i will no longer look for a matching center. thought about the 150, or the athena 100. the 550's do such a fantastic job (like no other speaker i have heard before) at creating the phantom center. that there is no need for one. in fact when comparing the 150 center, and phantom. i actually thought the phantom sounded better. it followed the actors on the tv and was very clear. wonderful.
2. the 150's match the 550's perfect. i thought the sound was more even, theater like when they were at the same level height wise as the 550's. i now have them mounted up right, at exactly the same height.
3. after all this i can finally be done with the speaker search and continue on with the receiver end.
4. keep the 550's at at least 12" from the back wall. let the omni technology do its job. they spread 6' wide from each other.
5. the 150's are fine on the wall but i have them 12" from the side wall. they are ported in the front also which eliminates a port plug.
6. i keep the grills on the fronts, both take the top grills off. let the omnis breath..
7. these are the best speakers for home theater i have had, or bought for the money...
$330. for the 550's crutchfield scrath & dent (they had neither)
$125 for used 150's perfect.
$480 total 12 g speaker wire for fronts, and home made wall mounts for 150's