Originally Posted by carp
Cool, you are going to like them. What speakers are you using for surrounds? Do they have somewhat high sensitivity?
My surrounds are Axiom QS8's v3. Per Axiom, their rated sensitivity is 94 dB anechoic, so it's relatively high sensitivity. At least to my ears, they match well with the SHO-10's.
As far as the SHO-10's for left/center/right, so far they sound great. My biggest problem with my old speakers (hand-me down KEF Q30's and a center KEF Model 100) was that I could not hear dialogue worth a darn unless I left the volume setting to at least -15dB. But the problem with that volume was that when the action started, it would get too loud and I'd have to turn it down (my wife would complain too). To compensate, I'd crank up the center by 3 dB and use Audyssey Dynamic Volume Light which compressed the sound.
Now with the SHO-10's, I don't have that problem. Dialogue is mostly crystal clear, I can leave the volume setting at -20dB (or higher if I preferred), and loud action wasn't piercing. I'm assuming it's because of SHO-10's abilities to deliver non-distorted louder sounds due to their high sensitivities. Plus I don't have to use Audyssey Dynamic Volume so I can experience the full dynamic range of a movie. I still do occasionally crank up the center speaker by 1dB, but I think that's due to my room characteristics and the fact that I have a coffee table between me and the center speaker, causing reflections.
Anyway, the SHO-10's sound just fantastic for movies; really grabs you. Sounds just like a movie theater, but better. And, as you guys know, when you crank these up, they sound AMAZING. Sound is not distorted and is crystal clear. Overall, I am very satisfied with them so far. I still need to do some more testing and also listen to music, but I think they are keepers. And at their price point, they would be hard to beat. Thanks to all you guys for helping me out with picking these speakers!!!
Edit: for reference, my room is 2700 cubic feet, I have 3 SHO-10's up front, 2 Axiom QS8's for surrounds, and an SVS PB12-Plus as a sub.