Originally Posted by shinksma
I have pretty well convinced myself that I would like to get five (5) identical speakers to ensure exact timbre matching, and that they should be regular vertically-oriented 2-way speakers to eliminate phasing that can occur with MTMs. I'm not sure whether my insistence on such matters will be noticeable, but I figure, if I'm going to do a sweeping replacement, I may as well get it as technically right as possible, otherwise it will bug me.
So...can anyone comment on their personal experiences with 5 (or 7) identical speakers vs. matching towers and bookshelves, especially considering multi-channel music?
Seems the Reference Series is the one most talked about on this forum. Maybe I should put it differently and say the Heritage Series seems to get less talk.
How close are you to Indianapolis, Indiana? I've got a friend there who's got a 7.? HT system based on 7 LaScalas and one/three (I don't know) subwoofers.
I HAVE been there to hear it and to say it's stunning is a vast understatement and an offense to the English language. The clarity & dynamics are unreal.
I've not seen your budget however, since I'm not too familar with the non-Heritage items, perhaps your budget is inferred by what you are talking about.
Here's what I'd do if I were you and had the space, money & wife. I'd start looking into accumulating used LaScalas. If you want 2-way, then when your budget allows, I'd modify them with the Klipsch designed K510 horn and remove/sell the K400/K77 setup to recoup some expenses. The K510 would allow the LaScala to play as a full range 2-way speaker and trust me, losing that crossover point WILL make a difference that you can perceive.
I didn't know what it was at the time. I attributed some of my gains in sound quality to aligning signals and other things... until someone who knew more told me to screw with my active crossover, put the signal delay WAY out of wack and see what happens.... It still sounded good but for the echo I was hearing!
Here's the bottom line... if you have the space, funds and desire...you can get 5-7 LaScalas and convert them into "JubeScalas". You can probably do so for less money than buying some of the RF speakers new (or what ever line you might be thinking)
You would now have all horn loaded bass as well as the benefits of a 2-way speaker with balls.
Do a search here or on the Klipsch forum for JubeScala. If you do and see the HUGE horn on top, that is not the horn I'm referring to (unless you want to go 100% balls to the wall). I'm talking about its smaller brother, the K510
You could then use an active crossover or, there has now been a passive designed for this as well.
Good luck in what ever you do.