So I upgraded to the following B&W speakers run by a Denon 4311 with a Rythmik f12 sub
2 X CM9's
1 X CM Centre 2
2 X DS3 Dipoles
2 X CCM7.5's in ceilings for rears
The upgrade was well worth it, I am absolutely blown away what a difference it is. Night and day doesn't begin to describe it. Few notes below
- We set the system without the rears first and the DS3 dipoles are in a whole different league than the LM1's I had. The LM1's we every obviously directional where the DS3's do an incredible job of filling in the sound so it just envelopes you.
- Everyone thought the CCM7.5 s were a bit much for rears and I agreed but there wasnt much else produced by the same manufacture that would work in this room. I was also concerned that the rears would sound like they were coming from above. None of this is the case, we watched Tron 7.1 and i was blown out of my seat particularly in the arena scenes with how the right surround system really makes you fee like you are there. I think the angle of the speaker helps a lot, they absolutely do not sound like they are coming from above.
- The 4311's audyssey is also a game changer, particularly with how it handles the sub and the side and rear channels. It makes it truly sound like you are completely surrounded with full sized speakers at just the right times.
There isn't a tremendous amount of info out there on the DS3's and CCM7 series in wall/ceilings. For those of you who are interested I am absolutely astounded and would make the purchase again.