Originally Posted by Raistlin_HT
So what would be my options with the JTR's? Am I going to be able to get an enveloping soundfield using their speakers for surrounds/rears? I suspect my final theater will have 2 rows where I'm hoping to get decent sound. How will trying to get a wide soundfield be impacted in such an arrangement? Are there people using some other sort of surrounds that offer a good match with the JTR's?
Before I get into my personal journey, here's a great thread on surround speakershttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=874378
I recently purchased three triple 8HT's for my front sound stage. My plan is to add some slant 8's for the sides and rear. I have changed that position after the first part of my experiment. I borrowed two JBL 8340a's to try as my rear surrounds. I loved the extra low end and strength these direct radiating speakers provided. In some cases, the sound effects like explosions and arrows shooting by had an extra realism to the soundtrack.
The downside in my set up is there seemed to be a hole in the soundstage directly behind me. The enveloping wide rear soundstrage was lessened. The reason is the speaker design in my set up. My second row seating is too close to the rear wall and therefore placement of the direct radiating speakers. If I were to try again, I'd buy a pair of JBL mounts that would allow me to tow-in the speakers towards the listener.
I haven't tried the second part of the experiment, which is to place one of the JBL's as a side surround and compare it to the paradigm ADP 570 dipole on the opposite wall. I am hoping that imaging and panning will benefit from the direct radiating design. I should know more after this weekend.
It's a pain to mount and unmount (drilling holes etc), but it's been a good investment in my time to determine what sounds best in my enviroment and for my tastes. A small investment of JBL mounts was worth it. I still expect that the slant 8's for the side surround usage will fit my needs.
On another note, as many have already said Jeff dedication to the product and the customer is outstanding. He's been a terrific person to deal with. UPS damaged one of the speakers and Jeff did very thing on his end to make sure I was taken care of. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Jeff and JTR to any of my family or friends.
PS: One thing that was interesting is that by addding separate amplification for the front soundstage (instead of using the internal amps from the Denon 4810), my sides and rear surrounds came alive by not having the drain of the receiver powering the front soundstage.