Originally Posted by JReuter21
Thanks for the reply. Arent the FH-6T $160 a piece? The FH8-W are $167 a pair http://www.parts-express.com/bic-for...-pair--303-446
I was given the AT screen for free and its in mint condition. Its a little bigger than I was planning but for free I couldnt say no.
As to your first point, im confused. You said "AT screens are meant for people who want to put speakers behind them, so you fail to see any benefit of putting in-walls behind them"... isnt that kind of contradictory? Thats the great benefit of having the AT screen. I am able to have a bigger screen and not have to have my center channel literally sitting on the floor or on the ceiling. I can place an in wall directly behind it, therefore getting the benefit of the sound coming right from ear level and sound like its actually coming from the screen.
It will be suspended from the wall by the use of a french cleat, so there is no way to put a full size speaker behind it.
As far as the towers go, its just not an option. I realize i wont have THE BEST audio sound but I want to do the best I can with the budget I have along with other constraints. This is going to be a room where people will be having drinks, playing pool, hanging out in the evenings if we have a get together. Or my 5 year old son might have friends over so kids could be running around a bit. Like I said this is no home theater, just a room for us to enjoy and watch some movies, football, entertain etc. My wife isnt on board with big tower speakers, and in all honesty I dont really want them that bad either. The screen wall is right next to where the door is coming down stairs so the first thing you would see when you come in is towers sitting there. Its just not what were looking for.
As to my original question, does anyone have an opinion on those 2 scenarios? I actually called BICs customer service this morning and talked to the sales rep. They informed me the FH6-LCR and FH8-W are a match (both part of the Formula line I believe?) Im just concerned about the FH8-W not being able to keep up with the FH6's, but I have no way of knowing as Ive never owned or heard any of them. Like I said before too, the FH8-W come as a pair so I could go with 2 as center channel, is that okay? Or if I were to use them as LCR how would I do it, because I would have to order two pair, obviously giving me 4.
oops, I thought you meant the FH-8 were $160 apiece not per pair. Disregard my mention of the FH-6T in that case.
Yes, you could use them as L/R fronts with an FH-6 center. I don't think there will be any problem with that---the need for "timbre matching" is grossly exaggerated anyway, and especially for someone on a low budget I'd say it's downright irrelevant. I would NOT use two FH-8 as the center, though.
The center does the vast bulk of the work in HT, so you want to go with the best center you can...the FH-6 punches way above its price range, in fact it's equal to some $300 and up centers, in my opinion.
Regarding the AT screen, most people mount them forward from the wall at least far enough to allow speakers to be placed behind them...this has the considerable additional benefit of allowing them to buy less attractive-looking speakers that sound great and cost much less than speakers with fancy pretty cabinets.
The FH-6LCR is only 6.15" deep so if you can move the screen forward just a little that would be well worth it. The most critical part of speaker positioning is, you want the tweeters to be ear level, or at least pointed at ear level.
If you use the FH-6LCR for your L/R as well, I'm sure the $40/pair cost increase over the FH-8 would be made up for by not having to pay anyone to make holes and run wiring through your walls, and you'd have perfect uniformity up front, with the dual woofers of the FH-6 giving you a bigger soundstage than the single woofer FH-8. Just get a pair of $39 speaker stands, some blue-tack, and you'll be all set.
(Additional advantage of box speakers over in-walls, in addition to placement flexibility and generally better sound quality: should you ever move, you simply take the speakers with you.)