Originally Posted by Teremei
Yeah I am caught up in driver size. I even look at the frequency range. The reason I went with the 41s is I convinced myself the would be perfect for how close I am. Then I heard their actual range with audyssey, and yuck.
Do you think the 20 hz difference would be noticeable with the RS-42s? I think I'd like to stick to RS because I like to wall mount. And they look good, even if in the location they lose some of their ability.
One last question I guess is, are the 42s worth it over the 41s.
Due to the distance from you to the speakers being just 2 feet, I'd go with the RB 41 II, or the RS 41 II.
You're closer than the testing for frequency response is done. Also due to this proximity, you're not going to enjoy the full measure of a much larger speaker. You'll not miss out on any extension with the speaker crossed at 80 hz. Especially if you have at least a half decent sub. Don't worry about the test tone sound from Audyssey. At the end of the day we are talking about surrounds, test material and real world material is going to have far less relation than with mains and centers.
I might lean towards the RS 41 II, because it might behave slightly better with flush mounting and justify the added cost. It'll look better too.
I wouldn't do the RB 51 for anyone, not matter what, if it's flush mounted. It's also got a rear port with a lot of air coming out of it. You're also a bit too close, but we could alleviate that concern with a mount to point it off axis which also gives the rear port breathing room. Since you don't want to get mounts, this one is a non-starter.
I wouldn't do the RS 42 II because you're too close, and you have furniture that's too close. You also won't be enjoying the capabilities of this speaker, thus the added money you spend, because it's so close.