I just wanted to share my thoughts on my upgrade from a pro 1000 system to studio monitor 65's with an 8080 center, and 8080 surrounds
I loved my 5.1 Pro 1000 system with a 2000 center (the upgrade from the pro 1000 center was a big improvement). I wasn't very happy with the 65's at first.They took a very, very long time to break in and for a while they sounded unbalanced. and lacked clarity (muddled) Then everything clicked and smoothed out. The sound stage and imagery crystallized..it was incredible.... Jazz at the pawn shop never sounded so good.... but with certain 70's and 80's recordings I was unhappy. I heard bass cords that seamed to permeate my music and take away from the vocals of my enjoyment. It was horrible...... I was hearing music as it was meant to be!... I was at first unhappy, but I have come to appreciate the new sounds and nuisances of my system. I have grow to love and appreciate "the new sound"
Another issue I faced was transitioning from Pro 1000 surrounds ( 1 1/2 feet above my head, angled at the listening position) to Bipolar 8080's.I had much more detail out of the 1000's but with the 8080's I gained a much broader, diffuse, sound stage.
I somewhat agree with the members who expose eliminating the center and just using 65's as fronts. The sound dialogue is superior and with the superb imagery, you forget that you are not using a center. I find that I have to crank my 8080 center up by 3-5 decibels to get a similar experience (the Dialog enhancer on my 7200 definitely can kick it up a notch as well).. The phantom center channel sound is still a lbit fuller. So why have a center.. I think that with some movies the movement of artifacts is definitely enhanced and at times the center's woofer creates effects that heighten the listening experience.
( I need to do some more listening) I used to think that the center was the most important speaker... for those on a budget considering the 65's, I would say hold off on the center and perhaps consider a 65 center down the road. I know a lot of these thoughts have been expressed earlier on.
Advice: New formats Dolby Atmos et al.
New formats. I already have pro 1000 heights.... I am thinking of getting studio 45' fronts. a better match.... will I notice the difference? (Tonal match)? ... is it worth it??? I also am concerned that if I mount the 45's as heights there would be a clearance issue for the the base radiator.. ( I also do have an upstairs neighbor..... )
Back: my coach is right up against a wall. What would you do? I can upgrade fronts to 45's and have Pro 1000 surrounds and heights.....bye bye 8080....My guess is that keeping the 8080's and adding heights might not work so well with the new formats. I also can keep 8080's and add 45 heights.
I appreciate any advice and feedback the community has. I hope my thoughts help others.
Last edited by RichardGS; Yesterday at 10:50 PM.