Originally Posted by Darthswan
Glad I found this thread. I am in the process of designing my home theater for my basement. Earlier this year I picked up 6200 for front, center and right, and the 4400 for the surround. The current system in the family room is a 7.1. I'm using my old Klipsch 12in, can't remember model number off hand. Powering everything is a Denon 4806Ci. Love the receiver and it is a perfect match for the AT.
Now that I am completing my basement I have narrowed down to the components I plan on purchasing but I have some speaker questions.
Here's the shopping list:
IW-30s for Right and Left fronts
IW-SRs for the surrounds.
My question is about the center channel. I was looking at doing IW-30s for the center channel also, then I saw the IW-155. Anyone have any experience with the IW-155? Sound wise, how do they compare?
The size of the room that I am working with is roughly 18 x 25, with an open back. Ceiling height will be between 8 and 9 feet. I have to get creative with the back surround since the back is open.
I have a blank slate, so the sky is truly the limit
, well first to answer your question. The IW-155 have a very different sound then the IW-30s. They are more mid-y sounding I would say and okay for dialog I guess. Well.... they sound much like the 6200s(Same drivers I believe but different crossovers and tweeter) but SPL 1watt@1meter is lower I think. Also the IW-155 can not reproduce the horizontal off-axis imaging that a IW-30 can. They are no IW-30s, and I swear they were THX select certified not Ultra2 like the IW-30s but I looked on the AT website and sure enough, I guess I am wrong. Sill, the IW-30 are MUCH better sounding in all regards. It is also very important to have the front sound stage all the same speakers anyway. Trust me, this is something you want, if you can afford to do it.
If you want some other advice?
I would drop the 642eSB sub for something SOoooooo much better in that price range. It is not really a bad sub but today you can do so much better for the price. I dont know why, but as much as I love AT speakers, AT subs I do not and is something they really need to work on
Also, given that you are going with a Onkyo TX-RZ3100 have you considered doing Atmos/DTS:X or any object based audio? You have basically the same room dimensions as I, but a little higher ceilings(GOD I wish I had 9 foot ceilings
) and I will tell you...... it is a game changer
. I cant imagine going back to a flat
7.1 surround sound. I dont want to LOL. If so, you should really think about front and back ceiling speakers that will really add a complexity to your design but it is SOOooo worth it. Just saying
Sorry, correction the IW-155 are 5 1/4" drivers not 6 1/2" like the 6200s. They really are different speakers.