Like some of you, I had never heard of RSL before stumbling onto the brand while researching potential Atmos speakers, here on AVS. I have heard nothing but good things about the C34E and am giving them serious consideration for my ceiling, for Atmos. FWIW, I’m currently debating location and quantity of speakers but am leaning towards eight in-ceilings. The room is 12’ x 20’ x 7.5’, with two rows of three theater recliners.
At the same time, I am considering replacing the eight (8) in-wall surround speakers that are currently in my dedicated HT. (three LS surrounds, three RS surrounds, and two rear surrounds). The current speakers are NXG Pro-6330, IIRC. Truthfully, I just have never been happy with them, and I’m at a point where I’d like to try something different with the hope for improved surround performance. Of special consideration is my imminent upgrade to Atmos and the need to have a full complement of speakers that are capable of delivering the best sonic performance that is possible.
For purposes of concealment and as part of the design of the HT, all surrounds are in columns that are part of the architecure of the room; I’d like to stay with in-walls for that reason.
With that in mind, does anyone have any experience with RSL’s W26 in-wall speakers
, for use as surround speakers? If so, I have questions:
General impression of the sound quality, as a surround speaker or even as a main speaker if that is how you use them?
Is it safe to assume they will be a good timbre-match to the C34s?
I’m currently running VMPS RM30s up front (ribbons), with RM30 center, and a VMPS Larger sub. I don’t know if those speakers are in my long-range plans or if I will make a change, but in the short run, would the RSL in-walls (and in-ceilings) be a good sonic match for them? In truth, I’m not sure how sensitive I am to timbre differences; it’s not something that’s ever bothered me with the VMPS/NXG combo, and I’ve been living with it since 2006.
How would you “value” the W26 in-walls? Do they “punch above their weight” in the same way the bookshelf systems and C34Es appear to?
By the way, I did call RSL last week and had a very nice conversation with Howard; he was extremely patient with me and I had the impression he would have talked audio with me as long as I would have liked to stay on the line. He provided lots of very balanced, unbiased information. I was impressed.
I may have more questions but I’ll hold there for now. I’m hoping some of you can provide your first-hand experiences. If you would like any more info regarding my room, equipment, treatments, etc, please don’t hesitate to ask.
TIA for the help!