Originally Posted by Management
RB - 81 $700
RS - 52 $1400 (2 pairs)
Sub: RT-12d $2000
Center: RC - 64 $900
I know this is a speaker forum but it is also the owners thread so i wanted to know if anyone has or have heard the mentioned subwoofer?
Also, what am I gaining by getting the mentioned center channel? I have heard the RC - 62 but I wanted suggestions on what I would be gaining or losing besides wasting my money by getting the RC - 64 and mating them with a pair of RB - 81? Thank you.
Ed Mullen recently reviewed the RT-12d for Secrets
. Ed's reviews are very thorough and scientific. He put the sub through it's paces, did all the tests for FR, distortion, power compression, transient response, etc. He then spent considerable time listening to it. Bottom line, he gave it a 3.85 out of 5.00 score. For $2k, I *personally* would look at other subwoofer solutions, (unless, of course, the "footprint" of the RT-12d is what you find attractive). (BTW, I should add that I have not personally heard the RT-12d. My opinion is based on Ed Mullen's review and my familiarity with his work.)
Here's the review:http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...06-part-1.html
The RC-64 adds two more woofers but it is a "sealed" arrangement as opposed to the "ported" arrangement of the RC-62. The 64 actually has less extension than the 62, (62 Hz vs. 57 Hz), even though it has 2 more woofers. However, because it is "sealed" it probably rolls off less steeply than the 62. Either way, if you set them as "Small" in your receiver, it shouldn't make a whole lot of difference as thay'll both be rolled off by the reciever's crossover. If you've heard the RC-62 and liked it, I doubt you would find the RC-64 twice the value for twice the price.
BTW, while the RS-52's will be fine for the Side Surrounds, I would not use the bipolar RS-52's for the rear surrounds. The rears are better served by direct radiators, such as a set of RB-51's or 61's. You'll save some $$$ too.
Take the money you saved on CC and the rears and put it towards a subwoofer upgrade.