Last night I had my audio calibrated by ChadB. Chad has been working on every audio/video system I have owned since 2003 and does fantastic work. He has never let me down and this recent calibration was not different.
Full disclosure here. I am, by no means at all, any sort of professional nor do I really know much about the technical side of this hobby. My opinions and statements are based on what my ears hear and that is it.
After working on integrating some new subs with my old ones, he went to work on my 708p's. He seemed very impressed with how well they showed up on the graphs. ARC was used via my Anthem AVM60 and after some additional tweaking, my front LCR's sounded FANTASTIC! Chad commented that this was the best my system has sounded and I couldn't agree more.
These 708's are excellent with dialog. Dialog was crisp, clear and the best I can remember hearing in my room. Mid bass was not a problem with the way my subs were integrated. The 708's can definitely hold their own with no subs, which was a nice surprise. Probably the biggest compliment I can give them is how wide of a sound stage they have. Coming from the 4722's, this was my biggest concern. Could these fill the room and keep the dynamics of what I was used to hearing? The answer in my case is YES!
Every room is different as is the listening distance. I am only 9.5 feet back from the speakers/screen wall. IMO, I think the 4722's were a tad too close to really enjoy what they bring to the table. The 708's are perfect for a setup like mine. I would highly recommend these to anyone that is in a similar boat. I was someone that sorta dissed the idea of a speaker this size and thought the cinema line was the end game. In the last several months I have learned a lot about the differences and I am glad I made the move.
In a response to the build quality, my speakers didn't have any issues nor any humming. They are extremely quiet.
Feel free to ask me any particular questions if I didn't cover something.