Originally Posted by FAUguy
It's been said a few times in the past the the HTM7 isn't that great of a center channel speaker. I've heard it, and tend to agree. The 703 would be OK if you were just doing 2ch, but for HT setups, go with the 600 or 800 series.
Between those options, I would suggest going with the 805S (the 805N is older), the HTM4S for the center and a sub.
Since I'm one of those folks who has said that, I'll briefly repeat what I said before:
I have the 703/HTM7, and I'm quite happy with them. My opinion has evolved over time, as I've experimented and made adjustments in positioning and eq. And perhaps they've "broken in" some.
The HTM7 has some minor shortcomings: particularly at low volume levels, its a little
muddy compared to the 703's. Some people actually prefer this sound vs the 703 sound (I don't). On the other hand, the imaging is very good - they project a really great soundstage. At higher volume levels, the muddiness problems tend to disappear (for me).
After listening to mine for a year, I looked at the 805's to see if I could hear a difference I was willing to pay for. I could not. The 805S/HTM4S are
better, but to me
the difference in price isn't worth it.
Your mileage may vary. At the end of the day, you have to listen and evaluate for yourself, and everyone else's opinion doesn't matter. Its your ears/money.