Hi Guys, thanks for the very interesting thread. There are some very knowledgeable people here. I'd appreciate some guidance on a current dilemma I'm grappling with:
My theater room right now has TAD fronts ie TAD 4001 drivers and horns and 1601C bass drivers (see pictures). I alternate between the stock TAD TN 2 passive crossover and an active 24db marchand which allows the TAD horn to run fullrange at 110db. I have multiple amps but generally use a pair of Crown K1s bridged on each TAD woofer and single ended triodes on the horn or First Watt Amps.
I also had a Tannoy DMT15 as a center and Tannoy DMT 12 mks2 as sides and rears. The Velodyne DDR18 is gone so looking for another sub as well. The feedback on the submersive looks very good so that is on my shortlist. All the Tannoys are gone but I do miss the Tannoy DMT 15 as a center.
The room is now treated with 16 6x2 echobuster absorption and diffusion panels.
Due to the huge size of the TAD I've been thinking of moving them to another room and getting some catalysts or JTRs as a room friendly alternative.
I tried the M&K s150 THX speakers and they were not what I was looking for at all. A tiny box sound and no match for the TADS in any area. I also heard the Klipsch KL 650s and although they had better dynamics than the M&K they were unrefined on music and movies and all over the place. Quite fatiguing.
Frankly these supposed home theater legends were pretty disappointing. The TAD can play at huge undistorted levels without any reduction in sound quality that the M&K and Klipsch could only dream about. They also play all types of music exceptionally well.
Part of the problem is I prefer a hard hitting 15 inch driver punching from about 300 hertz down. These little drivers of 8 or 6 inches just can't cut it in upper bass dynamics. When you hear the TAD 1601s punching from 300 hertz down the impact is incredible. We tried the famous master and commander scene and the little drivers sounded very strained and fatiguing without impact. Also with my Call of Duty game the upper bass explosions did not sound real.
With the TADS I had the velodyne sliding in at around 35 hertz. Even the Klipsch KL650 sounded flat with Velodyne coming in at 80 hertz.
So the options I'm considering at the moment and would appreciate some input are as follows:
1. Forget about room looks and build a center TAD the same as my main speakers. I can raise the screen and build the bass cabinet wider and lower to accommodate the center. The problem is it may be a little close to the mains.
2. Buy some JTR or Catalyst speakers with the 12 inch drivers. The question is can either of these speakers equal the TADS? Is the sound refined or ragged? How hard do they punch from 300 hertz down? I've read good things about these speakers but have never really heard them compared against anything really good.
3. In respect of rears and side speakers. The JTR slanted speakers look pretty good and would match the efficiency of the TAD when crossed over passively. I wanted to put them up on the wall which I couldn't do with the Tannoy DMT12s as they were too big and heavy.
Would these JTRs be a good match for the TAD? I was thinking of the Klipsch KS speakers but given the poor performance of the KL 650s I'm not too sure about those now.
Thanks in advance