Originally Posted by |Tch0rT|
The CHT would probably be a better choice then. They recommend at least 2' from the back wall and side wall for ESL's to sound their best. You could possibly pull off 6" but you'd need to treat the wall at the first reflection (rear wave) to delay/absorb the reflection.
You wouldn't need an uber receiver for the CHT, if I recall correctly they're have a high efficiency rating. A quality 100 x 7 receiver would get plenty loud.
Have you heard an Electrostat HT? Sound is so subjective, listen to one (if you haven't) then make up your mind. I'm not saying they're end all be all but I got the music and HT rig down pretty damn good at least for me
Speakers are indeed highly subjective. When it comes to music recordings, I say, make it sound like you want it to and use whatever means you find that enhances the experience because the music business has absolutely NO set standard for recording/mixing/mastering. The results are so mangled and unpredictable from one recording to the next that just use what sounds best because unless the album tells you specifically what playback equipment works best, it's just best then to use what sounds good to YOU.
However, when it comes to movie soundtracks we have a different ballgame totally and "subjective" is not totally applicable in this genre of sound reproduction. Why? Because unlike the music industry, movie soundtracks indeed have a consistent "STANDARD" on how they are recorded, mixed and mastered. Movie soundtracks are produced with very specific and specialized and STANDARDIZED equipment. Movie soundtracks are mixed with the 85db Dolby standard for dynamic range (75db is the recommended setting for non-THX level gear or those sensitive to the loud reference level peaks). The resulting playback from these "standards" is now predictable and the use of very specific equipment becomes a very UNSUBJECTIVE truth. Lucasfilm's THX standard clearly lays out the best designed speakers to use to replicate a theater experience at home for movie soundtracks. To ignore that advice in equipment selection is downright ignorance about what goes into movie sound production and how to play it back PROPERLY.
So, just an FYI, it's not as subjective as you think. Proper speaker design is still a very important part of proper movie soundtrack playback. If the speakers adhere to the basic principles desired in soundtrack playback, THEN it becomes a "subjective" comparison because you are in a position to properly replicate the intended sound.
Your comment fits the music genre because we have no way of knowing how the source was recorded but for movie sountracks, the dipolar electrostats aren't even producing the sound as intended according to it's basic design principles, so by it's very nature, it's not accurate (even if you think it sounds like the bees knees).