Sorry this is so long winded. Many of you have prob seen me post about HT speakers - I was running a full ML system, with ESL speakers (Ethos) as main LR. After 2 years, I decided I wanted something new. The problem was (is), I have their huge center, and didn't want to have to switch my entire front stage. I was going to blind buy JTR or PSA a few months back, but got an absolute steal on some Impression 11A's. I'm a sucker, and I love the sound of ELSs.
The problem...I'm 90% HT usage - big action movies and gaming. I've been realizing that even though these speakers have powered woofers, they aren't ideal for HT usage. I currently use a Rythmik G25 sub, so I have enough thump. I'm in a living room w/ a few openings, but the main issue is that I live in a duplex w/ shared walls - the neighbors feel the bass, but don't really hear the volume of speakers.
Long story short, I've been considering switching to JTR and going w/ 212 for LR and figuring out the center. My buddy
did the same thing recently, and his reviews have been insane. For him its been a huge difference, but frankly, we listen/game at much different levels haha
I normally don't listen much louder than -20 MV, but that's also because I'm usually running the Rythmik. If I turned that off, I'm sure I could/would go louder. SO - at my listening levels, would I notice a big upgrade going to JTR? When I finally move, I am hoping these would be endgame speakers, so I dont mind doing it sooner rather than later. I'm guessing the biggest difference is when I would hit reference (or close to it), but at like -20 or so, would the difference even be noticeable? Logan ESLs are so open and clear, but from everything I've read, JTR can go much louder, with no distortion. Would love all your input, I have been lurking on this forum for months. Had I not gotten such a deal on the 11A, I likely would have bought these months ago and been less frustrated. If only Greg hadn't gotten his earlier! (I'm going to demo them Friday)
Oh, Using Marantz 8805 + Krell as pre/pro and power combo. TIA