I've been a PSB speaker owner for quite some time (I have a pair of PSB Century 800i towers that I am still in love with...and have fiddled around with many other lines as well).
I am almost finished renovating my basement where I will put a new home theatre, and have decided that I will only keep my 800i towers for 2 channel music, and my Subseries 6i subwoofer (I'm going to sell the rest of my matching Century speakers, which consist of 200ci centre and 2 pairs of 300i bookshelves).
I want to get into the Image series, just for 7.1 Home Theatre use (since I'm keeping the 800i set). I've read numerous posts in this thread, and I think I am sold on the idea of getting identical speakers across the front (3 bookshelves is what I'm thinking...I'll take a hit on the 4th and keep it as a spare, as I've found a PSB dealer that is willing to give me a pretty good deal on whatever I buy).
I had a couple of questions that I was hoping you folks would be able to help me with.
1. Since I am buying my television and television stand brand new, I have the option of buying a stand that will accomodate a PSB Image bookshelf speaker as a centre. The thing is, it will be positioned with the tweeter lower than ear level, while the left and right channel will have the tweeter exactly at ear level. I realize that I will be advised to raise the front of the speaker to direct the sound towards ear level, but is this too much of a compromise to justify the purchase of the new speakers? In other words, I realize the benefits of this arrangement if all 3 speakers are on the same level, but would it make more sense to keep my existing setup of Century 800i R/L and Century 200i Centre, or do you think I would benefit audibly from a 3 bookshelf speaker setup that doesn't have all the speakers on exactly the same plane? I have the money to spend on the new Images, so that is not a major factor, but at the same time, I wouldn't want to spend the money for a very slight improvement.
2. I'm tossed between the B25 and B15 bookself speakers from the Image line for my front end. Again, money is not the main factor here. I would gladly pickup 2 sets of B25 bookshelf speakers, but I have also read some conflicting opinions of which model is better for home theatre purposes. I've read on some reviews that the B25 can be a bit "slow" or make male vocals sound a bit "chesty".
My room is about 12 feet wide and about 15 feet deep. But I will be sitting about 8 feet away from the short wall where the front stage will be located (my wife wants to make use of the space behind me for our baby's play area).
Do you have any opinions on which model I should go for?
I realize that I've asked subjective questions here, but I was just looking for some opinions from some folks who are more knowledgeable with the PSB Image series than I am. I have auditioned both speakers myself, and they both sounded great to me, but that was in a 2 channel music listening environment (my only option), and these speakers will not be used for 2 channel listening at all.
Looking forward to hearing some opinions. Oh, and by the way, they will be driven either by a Denon 2809/989 or a Sherwood Newcastle R-972 (if it ever gets released).