Originally Posted by doublewing11
I believe you will be happier with the sealed................I agree, the mids will be at a small disadvantage, but you'll be much happier with the overall response in the higher realm. I've always preferred sealed, but that is my preference. The sealed version will most definitely give you a placement advantage.
Still shopping around, eh?
I hope your HT plans have come along, if I remember you were using Dennis?
We've been rocking T8-HT's up front and S8-HTLPs for side and rear surrounds for just over a year now, matched up with a couple Seaton Submersives. I don't listen at reference any more since inducing a little right sided hearing loss and tinnitus while watching the third installment of Lord of the Rings, but I have to say that at -10 to -15 the system just rocks. And I'm just running these off an Anthem AVR. I can't even imagine what upgrading to the new Noeisis models would bring to the table for me on a practical level, other than more refinement, but I still want them! After a year of use and comparison with a relatively pedestrian Triad in-ceiling system with dipole surrounds, I can say I have mixed feelings on the surrounds. When there is detailed multichannel content, such as front to back pans, rear gunfire, etc. I prefer the S8's. When there is ambient noise like crickets chirping that should be diffuse and nonlocalizable, I prefer dipoles. My dedicated room is only around 16' wide, and there is too much localization of ambient noise if you're sitting in the side seats, but it isn't much of an issue sitting in the sweet spots. Letting the AVR engage the rears with 5.1 tracks mitigates this to a degree as well.