Originally Posted by umr
Originally Posted by addictaudio
Thanks for the opinion. Please see the two attached pictures in the first post from the set-up as of now, minus the speakers of course. I already have a SVS PB12 Plus 2 suboower that is pictured, which I will use. I wanted to sure the five speakers from the sam brand, in order to obtain a perfect and seemless sonic blend from all speakers.
You will not get a perfect and seamless blend by using speakers from the same manufacturer unless they are identical types. Once you switch to surround speakers and centers the design differs along with the sound. Surrounds in particular are frequently poorly done and the dispersion characteristics are every bit as important as the timbre. Location also effects timbre and the timbre effects need to be equalized out.
I would only go with Legacy if you are going to stick with a single brand. Their surround Phantom HD surround speaker design is much better than anything Monitor audio makes. They also offer ribbon tweeters which are superior to those found in Monitor audio products.
Hey Addict - I can't/won't comment on Legacy vs. MA surrounds, since I haven't heard the Legacy speakers, but I'd ask umr to clarify the last statement in the post above. If it was meant to say "both Legacy and MA surrounds have ribbon tweeters, but the Legacy ribbons are better," then fine, that might very well be the case. However, if the intention was to imply that no MA surrounds are available with ribbon tweeters, that obviously isn't the case.
Again, I'm no expert, but I'd expect a surround system from one of the better manufacturers - like MA's GX line - would match up better than mixing together different brands. After all, it's partially characteristics that impact the sound (driver types, design, materials, etc.) that contribute to the individual brand identity. Between-brand differences will likely be larger than within-brand differences, so staying with the same brand should offer the best chance of a good blend.
It sucks to hear about the potential issues with RBH speakers. I'm not familiar with the brand, but I'm assuming it would be in the same segment/price range in the market as the other speakers discussed, and I'd hate to spend that kind of money on a faulty product.