Originally Posted by MKtheater
Different room acoustics, can't say why one room sounds better than another. My berries are not my favorite speakers for music, that goes to my JBL DIY designed speakers, but the all matching berries for movies is my favorite in my room. I used to have three JBL 3622Ns and 4 JBL surrounds. I like the berries better from memory but for my room. In another room I might prefer the JBLs. We are not talking huge differences. With 2 channel music it is much different. I would think the baffle wall would hurt 2 channel but is awesome for cinema.
Usually music is more dependent on a good off axis, and you tend to appreciate the lateral reflections more with music (width and spaciousness). But I would not say a baffle wall hurts music, it actually solves a lot of acoustic problems. The side wall treatment is what helps music. Also bass trapping and treatment. You treat the side walls a little different when music is the priority but I think clarity is still important in both applications. With relatively more speakers you are exposed to relatively more direct sound so the off axis does take more of a back seat in that application too. It's not that the differences don't matter or you can't tell- it's just it takes a little more to realize it as you don't quite notice as easily. Kind of the same concept why it's better to test a speaker for fidelity in mono, but the results stay the same in stereo testing (just takes more effort).
Matching is great when you can, but even good ideas can become bad ideas in the hands of a fool. There is a such thing as taking things too far, and past the point of good into the territory of bad. Hanging a monstrous 4722 or alike monster pro audio speaker off your ceiling for atmos or trying to use them for side surrounds I believe is in this realm of more bad than good and a good idea taken too far. The list of reasons why that could be considered stupid is quite long. For brevity only a few: Looks terrible, dangerous if falls on your head, sounds bad, doesn't match application, acoustics and distances of typical sides/overheads/backs no conducive to speaker's needs, you can't timbre match anyways because sound above or behind or on side sounds inherently different than in front of you based on human ear shape and human brain/ear processing, easier to fix timbre with electronic assistance than mount gigantic heavy speakers in all locations, cost more, wife would leave you, educated people that know better would laugh at you, you'll regret learning it didn't work as well as you imagined, ok... I might be going to far...
You get the point though right? (FYI I was not talking to you or anyone specifically, I just simply quoted you is all).
Bottom line is speaker choice is about application and you should match the speaker to the application. In a relatively closer distance with surrounds and overheads you gain SPL due to the closer distance so the SPL capability takes a back seat and the coverage pattern and cohesion of the sound takes a higher priority. You have the task of spreading what is often a relatively wide listening area with coverage of sound from a relatively closer distance- which usually means you need a speaker that's good at that. You don't want a PA style laser beam speaker hanging over your head, directly to the side and behind you- pointed right at your ears ready to make them bleed. So while matching speakers is in theory a great idea, it can be in practicality a terrible idea when done wrong. Timbre matching surrounds is lower on the totem pole of priority than a lot of the problems people create trying to do it. If you can, and it works - great. But don't force it or take it too far.