Originally Posted by Randall.White
On the Classic 3 bookshelf speakers, how do they do filling a large room? I was considering the Classic 4 but the subwoofers in them and the placement in my room may not work out.
Lots of variables to take into account here. What size room? How loud? Movies, music, or both? Crossed to a sub? What will you drive them with? Etc...
My room is 13'w x 20'l x 8'h and opens into a small dining area then a kitchen. I run the Threes with a Denon 1611 (75W) and an LFM-1 EX crossed at 80Hz, phantom center, cheap surrounds. I'm all about the music, with an occasional movie. But LOTS of music. The 1611 is enough power for me for music, but I sometimes think more juice might help for movies. Of course a true center would help in this regard. If/when I do it'll be a 3C, nothing smaller. Threes aren't super sensitive but they seem to like power just fine. And they sound wonderful to my ears. Articulate, detailed midrange and pleasant highs that don't offend. Good off-axis. Really nice. I've never measured spl in my room, but also never found them lacking or anemic in any way.
I've always kind of wondered about the Fours. I like dedicated subs for the low end, so I don't see much use for a tower with a large bass driver. But that's just my experience and preference. I've never heard them though, so maybe I'm talking out of turn. I don't mind stands, either, which may be a consideration.