Originally Posted by levy07
I currently have the JBL HLS610s & center up front and am considering 4 OMD-5s for surround duty. Should this work or should I get all mirage speakers? I currently have the Optimus LXII dipoles but never mounted due to size.
The JBL seem OK. If you're happy enough with them, I'd stick with them for now and go for the four OMD-5s for surrounds.
When they arrive, give three a try as fronts to see how they compare to the JBLs.
It's not a fair comparison, as the JBLs have larger woofers and are better suited to front speakers - but it'll still be very educational.
I'm willing to bet you'll find the OMD-5 smoother and less harsh.
That said, I'd personally stay away from Mirages for the front trio, as I'm not a fan of diffuse sound at the front. For surrounds, however, it's just what you want.
If you keep them JBLs as fronts, having a different brand like the Mirages as surrounds will be just fine. Or you may find you want to replace the JBLs with something else anyway.
For front speakers, I'm a huge fan of larger woofers in a 2-way arrangement, be it bookshelf or floorstanding.
For the record, I have three VAF Research DC-X at the front and I absolutely love them. I've auditioned a LOT
of speakers over the years, and I can't imagine I'll ever replace these.
If I was only able to buy bookshelves, I'd probably consider a 2-way with at least a 7-inch woofer or preferably larger. JBL make them, as do Paradigm and others...
Let us know how you go!