Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you made no mention on some specifics(such as the size of your room, your listening preferences, the electronics driving the speakers, etc.) that may be useful to better advise you on this matter.
Nonetheless, assuming that you are (roughly) equally devoted to home theatre and pure audio listening, I can give you an advise that I believe will offer very little compromise (if any) for both options: get a trio of Aerial LR3 for the front L/C/R channels (high-pass crossovered at 80 Hz.), one pair of SR3 for side surrounds (80 Hz. high pass x-over), and one Aerial SW12 sub(80 Hz. low-pass x-over)...and I can promise you that you will be absolutely delighted with that system. Alternatively, you might replace the center LR3 by one CC3B speaker (horizontal version of the LR3). You'll get a package full of punch and crunch for movies, and full of finesse for music, too.
The SW12 is so a mighty sub, that you don't need to spend big bucks in bass-handling capabilities for the L/C/R and side surrounds. So, if you get one (or more) SW12 subs, you don't need to put dollars in, say, a pair of model 6, model 7B, or model 8 Aerial speakers.
I own two Aerial LR5 and one CC5 for the front L/R/C/, together with a pair of Aerial SR3 side surrounds and two SW12s. Let me tell you: The bass from the SW12s is so superb that, even though the LR5/CC5 are rated down to 40 Hz., I found the 80 Hz. x-over point to provide an optimum cut point for seamless blend and truly full-range dynamics.
Now, be warned: if you choose Aerial speakers, youÂ´d better give them a lot of clean/controlled power, as these babies crave/beg for power to show their best qualities.
Regarding the metal vs. fabric dome tweeters, donÂ´t worry about that, if you happen to buy the Aerials. They use titanium tweeters, but they'll sound as sweet, extended, and clean as anything you might find out there in the high-end world.
Try to find an Aerial dealer who is willing to put the above suggested set-up for demo for you.