Hi all -
Scanned the thread for a bit, and saw some older posts on this, but want to get some feedback on a potential upgrade
I have a pretty decent setup now (see my sig for link to the room layout and configuration), consisting of 802D's L/R, HTM2D center, 803D Surrounds, and 805D Wide's, along with two JL Audio 113's subs (B&W are all the new generation) Amplification is a McIntosh 7 x 200 amp. Volumetrically, the room is about 4320 cubic square feet (24 x 20 x 9). Room is carpeted, some drapery, homemade 4 foot corner bass traps which doubt are doing much, ceiling untreated (cannot really do much more treatment-wise in the space) Processor is an Integra 80.3, using Audyssey Pro calibration.
While I anticipated more of a movie/music mix in using the space, I am listening to a lot less music lately in this room than before, so I am vaguely toying with the notion of change (in AVS'er speak, this means the change is inevitable
There is a lot
I like about these B&W's but at times, at louder listening volumes, I feel I might be able to get a bit more performance, especially in terms of midrange impact and retaining a tighter soundstage as the heat is turned up. Having said that, I repositioned my mains, changed the toe in , did a new cal over the weekend, and some of this was addressed (I think my mains were a bit too far from the rear wall).
Nonetheless, the notions I am vaguely toying with are Triad Platinums or JTR Noesis across the front. I should have an opportunity to hear a Triad setup later this week (thanks Tony), but doubt I will find the JTR's nearby to listen to.
So my open ended curiously starts with:
- Am I nuts?
- No seriously, am I nuts?
- Any recent experiences between the Triads and B&W's that members can comment on?
- Are Plats more than I need to consider for my space? I'm thinking not, but curious as to opinions on this.
- Surrounds & Wides - if I went Triad, would need smaller Wides and less costly surrounds, perhaps Silver or Golds; conversely, I could simply stay with the B&W 803's and 805's as they are. Once I leave the Plat line for these surround speakers, I'm unsure if the tonal difference between the Silver/Gold and B&W's is "six one half dozen or the other" (as my father used to say), so simply stay with the B&W's let Audyssey do what it can to blend it all together.
- Subs - likely not changing, and I don't anticipate any challenges blending the Plats with the JL's unless it's pointed out there may be!
I hate this hobby...