I had a minor windfall lately of about a grand. It definitely falls into the Pennies from Heaven category, I have decided to get myself a little treat.
I have wanted to buy/build a bedroom setup. I currently have a spare Focal SW800V sub that was not enough for the main room, but is too nice to dispose. I think it would nicely compiment a little bedroom stereo.
In the main room, I currently have:
Focal 836V as mains. They are 3-6.5 inch woofers, 1-6.5 midrange and an aluminum tweeter. They are ported on the front and downward through the plinth.
Focal 814V as L/R surrounds. These speakers are kind of an enigma. They were a special edition speaker made for a single distributor that is now defunct. They are actually a 716V that has been dressed up with piano black finish.
They are 1-6.5 inch woofer, 1-6.5 inch midrange and an aluminum tweeter. They are ported on the front, but do not have a plinth, so no downward port.
Center Focal CC800V 2-6.5 mids and an aluminu, tweeter
Subs Rythmik F15HPCI two of them flanking the mains
from rear (prior to Rythmik subs)
FR to LR
FL to RR
gratuitous pic of one of my home built Rythmik F15HP subs
You can see the surrounds way off in the corner by the fireplace and in an alcove under the stairs. I know that they are not actually surround speakers and that they may no give me the surround experience to the same degree that a set of bipole/dipole speakers could. But for me, the towers work. Thye fit the space and don't require complex mounts or stands.
Here is what I am thinking: I move the current surrounds that do not exactly match the fronts and center to my bedroom, where they will accompany the Focal sub and live harmoniously.
I can then replace them with a set of towers that will match "better".
816V- 1-6.5 woofer 1-6.5 mid and Al tweeter. Both the front and down port. Probably no audible difference (to me)
826v 2-6.5 woofers 1-6.5 mid and Al tweeter Both ports
new $1,900 used $1,300 +/- on Audiogon right now as 1,495 OBO
836V 3-6.5 woofers 1-6.5 mid and Al tweeter Both ports
new $2,300 used $1,500 +/- on Ebay 1,500 zero bids currently
I drive the fronts with my XPA-2
I drive the center and surrounds with my XPA-3
So the surrounds are only @200WPC vs the fronts @300WPC
I listen to music most of the time we are home, and while moving about the house I have the AVR in AFD or PLII which splits the signal up and sends either full or pretty much full stereo signal to each channel. I think having more drivers will help to fill the space a little more. The additional drivers in the surrounds may also make the 5.1 experience a little better. For dedicated listening I use the fronts plus the subs, but more often than no I end up putting it in the other modes while working on the computer (upstairs in the loft office), cooking, cleaning, etc.
I think it is money better spent than buying something for the bedroom and leaving the living room as is.
So I guess the point of this diatribe is:
Match the fronts by adding two more woofers per side and drive them with less power than the fronts or only add one more woofer per side, which probably suits the lower power of the Emo XPA-3.
Another small advantage to either upgrade is that the speakers are slightly taller 4 or 4.5 inches. This will help to get the sound up over the couches and other obstructions without raising the tweeters too high.
Thanks for the help. I realize this is a lot of ado over a small change. Anyway, any ideas?