Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Overland Park, KS
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Packages arrived on Friday and spent most of today setting things up. They passed the eyeball test - sturdy, fairly heavy, felt solid. Packaging was great, and the install was very easy (once I figured out which template to use - its not perfectly clear and the labeling makes you pause for a second or two).
I connected one of the 6816's and placed it next to bookshelf PS-10 I have now. I knew that the speaker lost something when held in open air as it needs the wall enclosure to help things out (as has been documented here many times previously). So, knowing that, I wasnt expecting a reveleation.....but my existing bookshelf was noticeably better. Now, I may not have had the best environment - sitting in the ground, with my face and head right in front of each speaker, but the 6816 didnt nearly produce as full of a sound at all.
SO here's the dilemma. Maybe my existing speaker is better than I was giving it credit for. I know the 6816 will sound better in the wall, but the difference between the two was significant enough ( in my mind) that I dont want to cut the hole in the wall, get it set up, and still not like the sound as much as what I have. To cut or not to cut.
Now, the 6816's and the 4103's I used for my LS, RS, and LC/RC backs are just fine...as surrounds they are great and are definitely better than what I had.
I should probably just do it and cut the hole....the wuss factor is setting in over the possibility of patching and mudding the drywall hole if I dont like the end result.