I am upgrading my system. In the end i would like 5.2 or 7.2 system. I am 60/40 movies, music.
Room is quite big: 30 x 22 x 9 - it has carpet.
My system so far:
Parsound Halo A51 5ch THX Amp
Krell KAV-300i 2ch integrated amp (150wpc into 8 ohms)
Integra DHC 80.3 Pre-Pro
It can do Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction and has outputs for TWO subs.Two JL Audio Fathom f113 subs.
I don't really have any nice speakers right now. Budget for all 5 speakers is maybe $20K.
So my next purchase was going to be front left and right speakers. I already have the two nice subs above.
I love the KEF Reference 205/2 which is a full tower but not quite full range. It has two 8" woofers:KEF Ref Model 205/2
Design Bass reflex three-way floorstanding loudspeaker, magnetically shieldedDrive Units 2 x 200mm (8in.) LF, 1 x 165mm (6.5in.) Uni-Q MF including a 25mm (1in.) titanium HF
Crossover Frequencies 400Hz, 2.3kHz
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 90dB
Frequency Response (+/-3dB) 45Hz - 60kHz
Maximum Output 115dB
Amplifier Requirements 50 - 300W
But I also like the small bookshelf, the KEF Reference 201/2. It has one 6.5" woofer:KEF Ref Model 201/2
Design Bass reflex three-way bookshelf loudspeaker, magnetically shieldedDrive Units 1 x 165mm (6.5in.) LF, 1 x 165mm (6.5in.), Uni-Q MF including a 25mm (1in.) titanium HF
Crossover Frequencies 450Hz, 2.5kHz
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 86dB
Frequency Response (+/-3dB) 55Hz - 60kHz
Maximum Output 110dB
I am confused about whether or not full towers like above 205/2 are worth it when you have good subs like my two f113s.
If i set crossover at around 70 or 80 Hz, that means the speakers have to cover 80 to 400 Hz (model 205/2) or 80 to 450 Hz (model 201/2).
Isn't it better to have the two 8" drivers than the single 6.5" driver in terms of filling the room in this freq range?
Would the towers sound better in my big room.
Does the small bookshelf sensitivity of 86 dB mean it will be harder to generate SPL in big room?
Parasound HALO A 51 is 250W into 8 ohms or 400W into 4 ohms.
The bigger 205/2 is 90 dB which seems better for filling big room.
Would 80 Hz be the correct crossover with these two speakers?
OR - you won't really be able to hear the difference in SPL when you are using good subs like my two f113s and bookshelves would be just as good?
Should i spend money on towers or is it money wasted? Should i put money difference towards something else?
thanksEdited by bao01 - 8/23/13 at 11:03am