Thanks for all of this; interesting info. Biwiring always seems to stir debate.
I don't think it's stated in the instructions, but should I assume that with "strapping bars" in place on the ES80, the non-biwired cables can run to either set of terminals? Right now I have the speaker wire running to the top set on both speakers, and that seems to be fine--but I thought I'd ask.
So this is where I am so far:
ES80 installed as front L & R
ES250P installed as sub
ES25C arrives today, and will be installed as the center
The final question is on the surrounds. My home was pre-wired for in ceiling surrounds (oddly enough, though, with rectangular boxes installed, rather than circular). When we moved in there were some cheap Radio Shack speakers installed, which I promptly replaced with a slightly less cheap 160 watt Monoprice pair (link
). Though I had rear surrounds as part of my previous system, I never installed them in this home because it was convenient to stick with the pre-wired in-ceiling surrounds.
I have not loved the arrangement, though the clean look is nice.
So with the new JBL ES system, i have a few options:
1) Stick with the Monoprice speakers as my surrounds
2) Pull those out and install slightly better/better matched JBL in-wall speakers (one of the options here
3) Dispense with the in-ceiling speakers (or use them to expand to a 7.1 set-up) and buy one of the JBL ES line surround options, either the ES20 bookshelf speakers or the ES10 on-wall speakers
The last option is the most complicated, as the room arrangement is not very conducive to putting the surrounds on the wall, or on speakers stands. (Of the two options, the wall probably works slightly better.) I do like the idea of completing the ES set, though.
Any thoughts or opinions, either on options 1-3 or on the comparison between the ES20 and ES10 as surrounds?