Originally Posted by kikkoman
Thanks for the details ALtlOff, much appreciated! I mainly will use for home theatre and I do have a good separate sub. But based on what you mentioned, I may have to wait it out on the speakers to find some locally, preferable 1-3 above. Hmmm, I hadn't checked out the other 2002, 2004, or 7004 and wasn't aware they were better than the 8060's, but I see the tweeter sizes were 5 1/4 vs. 4 1/2 like in the 8060 but the 8060 has 3 vs 2 like in the other speakers. So I assume that would come into play, but I could be hard to tell unless you can hear all of them together.
Keep in mind, I just gave you recommendations for what "I" like in tonal quality, when it comes to HT, for me the extra driver doesn't carry as much weight as what I prefer in tone.
Since its harder to find older equipment to listen to, see if you can find a retailer that has both the 8080's and 8060's and listen to them with content that isn't real bass heavy (since that's what retailers will try to push on you with the whole built in Sub concept) and just listen to the difference between the 5.25 drivers and the 4.5 drivers, that way you can decide for yourself which, or even if, you like one better than the other. It may help to narrow things down for you as far as direction, if you prefer the smaller driver, or don't hear much of a difference, it may either widen your parameters or save you some money in the long run.
(Here's an example of what I mean, many people who have compared the 8060 to the 8040 stay there's not enough of a difference to justify the extra cost, that should give you some insight as to how much Mid Driver Size comes into play over Sub size and other things)