Originally Posted by JaremyP
I am still working on my HT plans, had some additional thoughts, and was looking for some more B&W speaker feedback. I'm looking at something like 19x23x9 for the room. I was wish-listing for 802 for L/R with a HTM2 center and 805 for the other channels. I'm questioning though if that's overkill for me.
My main use case for the room with be movie watching. Second will be video games. Third is TV shows or sports. A distant fourth would be music. I honestly don't see myself using the room for dedicated music listening. My use case will amost always be something video-based with multi-channel audio and DTS Neo:X or similar channel expansion algorithm applied.
That being said, I'm wondering why to bother with spending up for the 802 L/R as I won't be really be playing back dedicated 2 channel sources. Instead, I'm thinking a full matched array would serve me better and provide a better experience for less. That would be using 805 all the way around. I still may need a dedicated center due to speaker height. On the stand, I think the 805 will be too high. So, I would step the center down to the HTM4 to match the rest of the array of 805. The other option would be to use an 805 but rig up a shorter stand. I think the HTM4 would integrate easier though.
I'd then add 2 subwoofers to the room, possibly the DB1. Since the rest of the speakers are all matched, it makes crossing over to the sub very simple. However my array starts, I'd work towards 11.2 for the long term. That would be 1 HTM4, 10 805, and 2 DB1 (or other sub choice).
I think this would make for exceptional sound staging when full on multi-channel listening is what really matters to me. I'm curious if anyone agrees with that sentiment or if you have other feedback on my thought process. Thanks!
Your initial wish list is very similar to my current setup, in a room of very similar size (yours is a bit larger in fact) - my screen is on the wide wall to minimize side wall reflections. My current config (new Diamond series) are 802 s L/R, HTMD2 center, 803's surrounds, and stand mounted 805's as rears - subs are two JL Audio 113's
Short of being able to upgrade to 800's, this is a keeper system for some time to come. I toyed with the notion of selling the 803's a few weeks back for 805's, along the overkill lines you fomenting about, but I've since backed off that idea - things sound too good to screw around.
However, I do listen to a fair amount of two channel and multichannel music, a scenario you don't envision (I will say that the Diamond series, along with the new Classé SSP800 I've recently installed, compel
one to rediscover music listening!)
Still, the impact I hear from the 802's is far more dynamic and visceral than I've heard with any other setup I've owned or heard, even for film soundtracks. While I'm sure it's possible to get quite close with 805's crossed to subs, my experiments in the past always found that perfect blend to be trickier to achieve than going full range, if it is in the budget. I really wish I could fit a third 802 for the center, but my 9 foot ceiling and screen height don't allow it.
Nonetheless, the entire Diamond series is spectacular, so you would be hard pressed to feel you've erred. I've not heard it, but some have noted the DB1 is perhaps not the best value in the world of subs, so you might be able to find similar performance with other brands, and allocate some of that money to the front soundstage.