Originally Posted by MKtheater
I agree with you! I have always said the DR's needs EQ and my 3622N's were great out of the box. If you go the upgrade way for a 4722N I would recommend a DCX and just use it as a crossover for a simple biamp solution. I regular 4722N will sound better for HT than most popular speakers here people rave about on AVS! I have stated many times why I liked my DR's better but I have a huge sub system to make up the midbass. If I did not have that I would go JBL pro all the way. BTW, you can not return these if you don't like them so it is a slight risk. The best thing about using these JBL pro speakers is that once you turn them on and break them in(about 4-5 demos of reference listening) their huge presence will make you smile! Nothing I have owned had that effect, nothing! Dual 2226 woofers sound awesome as well! As I said before buy a bottom with dual 2226's and a 4722N top, add a DCX and get blown away(literally)!
MK, I really wasn't directing that towards you. Like I said I respect your opinion but it wasn't a true head to head. I also respect Bill's designs, but hopping on a thread and pimping your product by falsely saying there was a head to head comparison and also not disclosing his financial interest in the product he was mentioning is something I don't agree with.
If someone wants to go the bespoke route and use the 4722 (specifically the JBL 2384 horn) horn over dual 15" woofers (AE TD15, B&C 15TBX100, JBL 2226, etc) I'd suggest skipping the compression driver that comes with the 4722. Like Wrager said there are better JBL CDs. Either the beryllium 2435HPL, the aluminum 2431H or any of the 4" diaphragm 1.5" exit CDs preferably with a Radian aluminum, aquaplas'd JBL titanium, or TrueExtent beryllium diaphragm (JBL models 2447, 2451, 2452 CDs).
This setup could be done with new B&C 15TBX100 woofers and used 2435HPL CDs for around $1200 before box, amp and DSP cost.
It is actually pretty similar to what I run but I use 2226J's, 2452H-SL CDs and older 2532 horns. On my infinitely long list of things to try is the 4722 horn to replace my 2352 horns.
There is one other budget option for a 4722 clone. Use the BMS 4555 CD and a single 15" woofer crossed somewhere around 800-1000hz. The reason for the single woofer is that the BMS CD can't play as low as the JBL large and medium format horns therefore you the center-center spacing would be too great. For people looking for big-time cinema sound on a moderate budget this would be pretty slick. Cost of the horn ($110), CD ($160) and B&C 15TBX100 woofer ($300) would be tough to beat. You would sacrifice some woofer headroom but by most accounts the BMS CD will outdo the stock 4722 CD (titanium 2432H) by a significant margin (I discussed this specifically with Zilch).
For the bespoke options, you would need to measure. If that is possible, I'm sure the group could chime in and help with either a DSP or passive crossover.