Originally Posted by R Swerdlow
I think that statement is arrogant. It may not be intentional, and it may be the kind of arrogance that comes with inexperience, but nonetheless it's arrogant.
Yes, its arrogant to lecture Dennis Murphy and Jim Salk about speaker design, especially after the poster specifically said he hadn't heard those speakers. I have no reason or desire to turn this into a slam fest, but I had to say this.
Inexperience? I've been on this forum since 2003. I installed my first Home Theater in 1986. I have been through every iteration of CC possible, including using the speakers in my 50" Pioneer RPTV as the CC. I've had horizontal CC's mounted above the display, below the display and behind the screen. The absolute best arrangement is a 3rd identical speaker to the L/R's mounted at the same height as the L/R's behind an AT screen. I have had that arrangement with the Atlantic Technology speakers I posted above. I've also heard a number of other theaters with 3 identical speakers across the front, (Klipsch THX U2's and M&K THX U2 speakers as well as Legacy Signatures.) The cohesiveness, integration and seamlessness of these front soundstages was far superior to any non-identical system I've ever heard, and I've heard MANY.
I am currently using a Triad Platinum CC that is horizontally aligned. It came with the (used) Triad Platinum system I bought. It's not a perfect CC and if I had had a choice, I would have gotten a 3rd LCR. However, another LCR is $7,500 new MSRP. At that price, I'm perfectly content with a CC that uses the same drivers in the same size box and the same crossovers as the LCR, and is mounted with the tweeters and mids at the same height as the L/R tweeter/mids. The *only* downside to my CC is some minor lobing from the horizontal arrangement of the woofers:
You may think it's arrogant, and I don't particularly care. However, it is certainly not inexperience. I just think it's truly unfortunate that someone with the reputation and authority as Dennis Murphy would give people such questionable advice.
Anyway, I've made my points and I will leave you now to dissect the pieces.
CraigEdited by craig john - 3/17/13 at 12:05pm