Originally Posted by bonedoc2be
as someone who is in the planning process for a large (25x19x12tall) dedicated theater room with the ability to "hide" the "ugly" (i dont care what they look like, as long as they perform but the wife will) speakers behind my screen wall and in columns these interest me greatly for my 7 channel setup. how do the matching surrounds fare with these, the "slant or single" 8's? I have not seen anyone mention them as far as quality and sound dispersion, etc, etc. they are certainly a lot cheaper than even the reasonably priced front triple 8 or 12's. Also, since the soundbroker guy here sells both the Klipsch THX 2 setup and this how would the klipsch setup compare to, say, 3 triple 12's, 4 single 8's for surround and either a captivator or a DTS-20 in both performance and price
The Slanted 8's are the exact same driver as the coax in the Triple 8. Same sound quality with a big less output (120db vs 124 with T-8's)...but since they are typically put closer to the seats, you should still be able to meet Reference with them at the seats. In a larger space with more surround to seat distance, JTR has a new speaker, the Triple 8m, a wedge shaped Triple 8 for larger rooms where the Slanted 8 wont' meet the spec at the seats. You can also build T-8's into the columns.
I will, by the way, point out that if somebody has a smaller space to do a theater in, you COULD do a system using all Slanted 8's. You'd need a sub capable of reaching up a bit higher cleanly (the Danley TH-SPUD will do it). For about $6K you could have a small theater system which is flat from 15hz to 20K and do an easy 120 DB and takes up nearly zero floor space. For those with a plasma mounted on the wall, you could put them front, sides and rears. Heck, I'm now thinking they would make a great speaker in my office, I'd just get Jeff to send them unfinished or primed and paint them the wall color. I wonder if I can raise my desk enough so I could put a TH-SPUD under my chair...
In your sized room, if you can fit the Triple 12LF's into the space and budget, that would be the way to go. They dig deeper and that will be important if you decide to go with an LLT since most LLT designs work best down low and you want a main that will integrate in with them at a lower x-over point and remain linear.
I will point out the new Danley TH-SPUD subwoofer which has the output of TWO DTS-20's in a box only 11" deep for $2195. There is another thread from a JTR Triple 12LF owner on the sub forum who just got two of them in and to say he is impressed is an understatement. Once again Tom Danley has done it...that man's mind is kinda scary
The Klipsch U-2 system is a great sounding package...but it won't come close to a Triple 12LF system with TH-SPUDS or Captivators (which are a HELL of subwoofer by the way and a bargain to boot). I've recently dropped Klipsch since I'm simplifying my product lines and decided to stick with JTR and Danley.