The reality is most are not much more than 10-15' feet away (with the surrounds and rears usually being much closer) from their louspeakers and I've found that super high efficiency 135 db speakers are overkill. Especially when there are wonderfully inexpensive pro amplifiers that can provide plenty of clean power.
You're right on that one. I'll be about 13' away.
now, I believe "overkill" is just stupid as is "headroom". If you're simply going to spend more money to have output that you'll never use for the sake of saying you "can", go nuts. Modern quality gear should can and does play for decades within it's design.
No disagreement here. I'm not interested in throwing money for excess output that I will never use. I'm more interested in audio quality rather than excessive output.
Why am I babbling about this? Because I believe a good number overspend on "professional" loudspeakers that simply do not sound as good as- gasp- speakers engineered for a home environment (which, make no mistake about it, MOST home theaters much more closely resemble than a cinema). But they can get F'n LOUD, to be sure.
I had never considered "pro audio" speakers until my fiance and I had dinner with a DJ friend and he said he has QSC in his theater and can get them at almost dealer cost. I have always thought of PA speakers as playing loud, bullet proof, but sounding terrible for home use. From what I've read QSC has put some serious engineering into making sure their speakers also sound good.
Case in point: Seems your looking at/considering the KW 153 because the "mid driver is appealing". Do you mean the driver in and of itself is attractive to you, or the sound?
The idea of splitting up the duty makes more sense to me than having a 12" or 15" driver covering everything up to 1800 or so. Granted I'm no expert on speaker and have no clue about the capabilities of a compression driver and transducer.
I've heard the KW speakers (and K's)...excellent by the way, for what they are. But I would tell you that they sound VERY similar, depending of course on the venue/use. I don't know what your room looks like, but if it's the typical HT here on AVS I would strongly consider the much less expensive K8 if you're absolutely set on powered PA speakers. I think any honest person would readily admit they sound VERY similar to the KW153's but with a much less macho driver array...and a much more equitable price tag for the performance they offer, IMO.
Here's what my room looks like. I'm thinking about doing an AT screen.
I'm definately not set on PA speakers. Before our friend suggested considering this route, I was going to go with Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower and Horizon.
I'm busy at the moment but I think you'd spend north of $5,000 on a KW LCR array alone. Unless you're looking for truly oppressive (read dangerous) SPL's or have gigantic room, I think you could make a better choice at $1,500 a cabinet.
No, I'm not looking for oppressive SPL and as you can see the whole downstairs is open, but the theater area isn't massive by any means. Thanks for all of the input! If you have any suggestions I'm definately interested in them.