Originally Posted by Alimentall
Now, if you have a very bright, echoey room with tile floor and such, the controlled directivity may help you, but others have other ways of doing this as well.
This may be the problem with you and Klipsch speakers. If you think they work best in a bright, echoey environment, then I'm not surprised you don't like them. I personally find they work best in a very controlled, somewhat dead environment.
My listening room is a "Live-End/Dead-End", (LEDE) room. The front half of the room is well treated with mineral wool, OC 705 and SelectSound acoustic treatments, as well as bass traps in the ceiling. It is so acoustically dead that, if you stand in the front corners of my room, you can hear your own heartbeat. The acoustic absorption creates a 'ReflectionFree Zone" where only the direct sound from the speakers hits your ears.
The back half of the room is acoustically very "live", with drywall walls, tiled floors, etc. There are also some diffusive treatments back there. The "point" of the LEDE concept is to absorb the early reflections which impair imaging, and to augment the late reflections which provide the sense of spaciousness. You can place 10 people in the front half of my room having a conversation and they will be talking in a normal tone of voice with excellent speech intelligibility. Move those same 10 people to the back half of the room and they are raising their voices to be heard over the other conversations, and it's much harder to understand the dialogue.
This is the environment my current Klipsch Reference system is in, and I really enjoy the way they sound. (I also have a set of Strata Mini's in there right now and I really like the way they sound as well).
When I heard the THX Ultra2's they were in a dedicted showroom theater that was treated acoustically. I think Klipsch speakers sound best in this type of acoustic environment. In fact, I think *most* speakers will sound their best when the room works "for" them, instead of "against" them. Acoustic treatments make this happen. I'm sure that's why Soundood recommended them above, and why I agreed with him.