Hmmm....let me see now:
4.1's for mains @ $699/pr
center channel @ $499
dipole surrounds @ $599/pr (for sides)
2.1's @ $399/pr (for rears)
Total= $2196 - $200 for preordering = $1996?
That seems almost too good to be true. Have I miscalculated?
I haven't heard either the 5.1's or the 6.1's, but my assumption would be that they are better in the low bass. If (and that's a big "if") this were true, and
you were going to use a high quality sub with this system in all
modes, then I see no reason to go with anything higher priced than the 4.1's for mains. Now if you need 2 channel passthrough, thus bypassing your bass management and time alignment, then you might want to spring extra for the 5.1's or the 6.1's for 2 channel analog. This is all hypothetical, of course, as I have never even heard the 5.1's or the 6.1's.
John, if you get a chance to listen to all 3 of the large Divas, maybe we can encourage you to share your thoughts on how the various models compare? We'll keep in mind your bias towards planars http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
, but I'm sure we could count on your honest assessment of the differences and similarities between the various models. I'll bet there are a lot of people here who would be very grateful, as very few of us have the opportunity to audition the various models head to head. Heck, maybe you guys might want to even consider this project for an article on the "Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity" site http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
[This message has been edited by Bob Sorel (edited 06-19-2001).]