Originally Posted by Kini62
I'm currently looking to upgrade my front 3 (NHT SuperZeros) to either larger bookshelf or towers. I have a PC12+ for a sub.
Mostly TV and movies with some music and gaming. I like to listen to movies and music loud.
I'm looking for more impact, volume, dynamics in that area beyond the sub crossover up to the tweeter taking over.
So would a tower, for example, with 2 5.25" mids offer more impact, volume and dynamics than say a bookshelf with a single 6.5" driver? Would the much larger cabinet of the tower have any bearing above the crossover point?
A good sub, properly implemented should give you good sonic impact.
The PC 12+ looks like a good candidate, but its implementation must be lacking based on your complaints.
Also as much as I loved my NHT SZ's (still have them, they are in a store room right now but if I ever need a small system...) they are kinda light for use with a big subwoofer on the scale of the PC 12+. The big problem with them is that they only go down to about 120 Hz. Normally, we are looking for something that goes down to 60 or 80 Hz for a first rate system in a typically sized room.
As has already been pointed out, you don't have to go to a tower to get dual woofers. I discovered a LCR solution that IME can't be beat for focus and timbre matching anywhere near the price in the form of 3 each Primus PC 351s. They have 2 5 inch woofers and 2 3 inch midranges each. Audyssey decided that they are good down to 60 Hz based on its in-room testing. Being center channel speakers their design is optimized for lying on their side and minimal height. They have less height than many sound bars.
The usual wisdom is that a true MTM speaker is not ideal for side-mounting. The more expensive center channel speakers usually have the tweeter mounted above the midrange, and the midrange(s) between the woofers:
(Primus PC 351 -$199)
(Aperion Verus Grand - $699)
Getting back to implementation of the subwoofer, how is it hooked up? Where is it locatied in the room and relatively to the L^R speakers? Are you using an AVR with a subwoofer output jack? Are you using an AVR with some kind of automated system optimization facility such as Audyssey, YPAO or MCACC?