Originally Posted by Snausy
Honestly this feedback is kind of frustrating to me. Kind of a "DUH" ya know? ...I just like to get as much info as I can before making money decisions in awesome places for information like this. The less I have to get speakers and send them back the better. People here have a ton of experience with various things audio. Heck Mr. Jones himself posts in here from time to time when he feels it's important enough. He designed these speakers so if anyone can tell me if the centers would or wouldn't work for L/R I believe he would be the guy.
I just decided half an hour ago that I am sending the Debut B5 back soon, going to give them a week or two more but I already know they don't have what I need for HT. They just seem so laid back to me. I need something more in my face but not annoying. Ascend acoustics 170 perhaps...
My question was more general information regarding concentric drivers as a whole and speaker layouts. Why wouldn't I want to use the MTM of a center channel on my L/R so that I have three matching speakers up front...that sort of thing. The information about the UB5 high end rolloff is promising and I am certainly looking forward to information once they come out. If I knew they were worth waiting for I'd wait.
You know what...? I will give you the real McCoy, the real thing that nobody wants you to know because of marketing purposes...
Between an LRC configuration of UB5 + UC5 + UB5 vs UC5 + UC5 + UC5 (in vertical configuration) which one is better? The latter one of course !
Why is that? Because an UC5 standing vertical has an MTM configuration created by Joseph D'Appolito which has the best vertical dispersion and the least lobbing issues. And since this aint a standar MTM speaker because it has a concentric-coaxial midbass/tweeter driver, its even better ! Not because i say so, its a fact and basic acoustics laws. Just check out the design of the Kef R500 and you will find the same drivers configuration as a Vertical UC5.
Second point : UB5 has only 1 x 5.25-inch aluminum cone bass driver...and UC5 has 2 x 5.25-inch aluminum cone. Which one do you think will have less distortion ? The UC5 of course !
UB5 cabinet volume is 1078.68 and UC5 is 1586.29. UC5 is better, you will get less enclosure compression, more dynamics.
Third point: This way you will be using the same speaker, which means absolute soundstage coherence, timbre matching and dispersion. Even though all the UniFi is timbre matched designed and uses the same components a UB5+UC5+UB5 means you are using 2 kind of speakers instead of the same for LCR...for practical purpouses it very hard for untrained ears to hear any significant difference anyway (don't listen to those forums cry babies who spends more time complaining about this than listening to music ), but it's still a point in favour for the UC5 x 3 (vertical)
Thats at least the conclusions i've made over my personal research and real life experience in the pursuit of the highest quality sound reproduction over the years.
I hope you find it useful. At the end of the day both configurations will sound awesome and please 99% of listeners. But one is meant for the highest performance, and the other one for convenience.