Originally Posted by Jon Shipley
Okay...I'm posting on the Procella thread, so I assume the answer will be an emphatic Procella recommendation, but looking for advise anyhow.
I'm building out a home theater 21'6" (w) x 28'7" (l) x 10'6" (h). At my budget, I'm deciding between two options: (1) Goldenear SPS for LCR, side, and back and HTR 7000 for ceiling or (2) Procella P8IW LCR and P5IWs for side, back, and ceiling. My buddy is huge on the Goldenears. The installer is huge on the procella. I'm not extremely knowledgeable to know which direction to go.
Hi Jon. Before building my theater I did a lot of speaker demos in multiple listening rooms throughout my state. One of the dealers suggested Monitor Audio Silvers or Golds, which are somewhat similar to the Golden Ears, a brand I never got to listen to but was on my list. In the next room was the Procella setup. I listened to both. My intent in building my theater was for 95% movies and 5% audio. Listening to movies, the Procellas BLEW AWAY the monitor audios...big time! The compression drivers on the Procella played a lot into that. It was night and day though.
Through all of the other demos, the only other speaker setup that was in the same class to my ears was the JBL Synthesis setup I heard. If you want more details on the demos I had, you can read my theater build thread which is linked in my signature.
Bottom line, the Procellas were by far the best combination of sound, form factor and pricing I found. Using all three of those categories, nothing else came close. I never experienced the "shrill" tonality mentioned. I did experience a "shrill" tone from other speakers though, but not the Procellas.
Nyal Mellor, Acoustic Frontiers did our acoustic design and calibration. We absolutely LOVE our theater and the sound. I've done enough demos now that when people come over to hear for the first time, I watch their expression instead of the movie.
My best advice is to demo as many speakers and setups as you can before investing. Determine what YOU like best and get that. I know not all speakers are available for demos, but do the best you can. Get the setup that sounds best to you, not to me, or someone else. You will be the one who has to live with your decision.
For me, Procella was by far the best choice.