I was finally able to install the RB-41 II's and RB-51 II's I bought a couple of weeks ago...wanted to experiment with FH's...these are my impressions. I positioned them at a height of 7 feet above and just inside my 82's and angled them down at my MLP. I installed the 41's first with 3" long wood screws into studs using the speaker's built-in keyhole and extending the screw to attain the angle I needed. I then reconfigured my AVR for 7.2, ran Audyssey, and played with Dolby Pro Logic IIz Height and Audyssey DSX listening modes. Using and alternating both listening modes with various movies and music, my preference is DSX as it sounded more natural to my ears. My understanding is IIz is more suited for game content. I then repeated this exercise with the 51's.
My overall experience puts me in the camp of: It's a very nice "subtle" effect in that FH's do indeed broaden the front sound stage. The degree and the effectiveness depend on the source material that is used to upmix the content. I did not notice a great deal of difference between the 41's and 51's for FH use. The 51's were a bit louder but adjusting the 41's trim up a bit accomplished the same effect. From my experience, smalll/medium FH speakers are more than capable of handling the upmixed FH material...timbre matching could be more important...YMMV. In conclusion, for me, FH's are a nice to have rather than a must have. Unfortunately, my room cannot accommodate FW's.
Now, I will be directing my attention to Dolby Atmos...which I believe will be more of a game changer.
Epson: 5040UB | Elite: 115" Fixed Frame CinemaScope (2.35:1) | Denon: X6300H (7.2.4) | Klipsch: RF-7 II's, RC-64 II, RS-62 II, RB-61 II MICCA: M-8C (Atmos) x 6 | SVS: PB16-Ultra x 2 | Philips: BDP7501 Oppo: UDP-203
Last edited by gene4ht; 03-04-2015 at 09:19 AM.