Well, lets just make sure we are communicating properly.
Yes, I said it was not optimal, but neither is my setup. I could go down the list on things I had to make compromises on. In your case the two compromises were
1) A contralateral reflection identity - controversial and perhaps very minor. Perhaps even PREFERRED. I said this was a subjective assessment on my part
2) 90-95 degree directionality - 110 is optimal yes. 15 degrees off? maybe not a big deal. Never tried it there. Could work fine. I dont really know.
Now, if your wanting to bail because of almost exclusive multi-channel listening, then ok. I admit, a model down this road may not make your movies sound better.
I think you and jkasanic are both wanting everything to fit just right before you even give it a try. I am not telling you what you should put effort into or not. But I think even 50-75% of the models realized potential for 2 ch listening could make a noticeable difference. Your call.
I think the bottom line for both of you is either deciding to plunge in and see what happens, or not.
A huge +1 to the above!
Especially the following:
Yeah, these models are optimized for 2-channel. I understand almost all of us, including myself, have multi-channel setups. But by implementing this design and realizing that most of it is the same either way, we're still really accomplishing something. Nothing will be "worse" for multi-channel yet when you do listen to 2-channel it will be much better than what you have now.
Also, even if you listen 80% movies and 20% music, I bet when you listen to 2-channel music you're paying more attention and being more critical. So don't let the amount of "time" you spend listening one way determine whether or not it's worth it to proceed, just because you may watch more movies.
You actually do have several advantages in your room, Jerry. Again, I would've told you by now if this was a waste of your time.
Again, nobody has an optimal room. There really is no such thing. It's impossible to design and build a perfect room. It just is. Even with unlimited room and budget no room is perfect and yours definitely isn't all that bad.
I sure hope you stick with it because I think you've gotten the wrong idea here.
All the things you've been working towards will be helping multi-channel listening just that much more. It doesn't matter that the model was originally designed for 2 channel.
When you're listening to multi-channel, you're still listening to the first 2-channels as part of that, right?