Originally Posted by Paulidan
vertical dispersion is basically a non issue for me in how I use mine. Any focused, and most general ambient, listening I do is when I am sitting at the computer. I'm in a stationary spot not bouncing around, or getting up and down constantly. Whether I'm sitting up straight, hunched over, or slumped back in my chair with my feet up, I'm always well within the vertical range for these. Standing up, with the tweeter now level with my midsection, they will lose a lot of the sense perception characteristics (soundstage, imaging, etc) that make listening to them so entrancing.
If I get up or go across the room to do something, I can still enjoy the music in an ambient way (the tonalities are still pleasant), but I won't get the sensory experience that comes from listening in the sweet spot (being at the apex of a more or less equilateral triangle). But that's OK because if I'm across the room, my focus is obviously on some task at hand, not critical listening.
If you are looking for speakers that you are going to listen to on the couch 8' away, these probably aren't for you. Nor are they intended to be used that way. The Stealth 8's might be more in the line of smaller "room" speakers, but at that point you might as well start looking at passives with a receiver/amp.
When Dave F gets done with his satellite versions of the Sierra's with the RAAL tweeters, those are likely to be a killer desktop solution. But even then, I expect a sub will be nearly mandatory. And the active crossovers found in powered speakers will still have some advantages.
If you can get to a Best Buy with a Magnolia, check out the Martin Logan bookshelf speakers. These are very similar to the Emotiva's (AMT tweeter, 5.5" woofer) albeit a passive with a much prettier shell. At $400 each for the MLs, you'll better be able to understand what a good value the Emotivas are when you finally get to hear those.
This is just my $.02 from my 6 months of experience with them. A lot more people know a lot more than I do. As with anything audio related, it's ultimately going to be a personal preference thing that you can only ascertain fully by experiencing as much as you can for yourself.
Don't be afraid to buy and return!
Thanks for the explanation. That was helpful.
Yes, when listening to music, I plan to be near the computer, at the desk, on my chair.
And agree, if I'm across the room (less likely scenario), then agree, I won't be listening as critically. So if it doesn't sound as great as it would in the sweet spot, that's ok.
Even though I said earlier in the thread that this isn't the primary way I listen to music, I just want to make sure that within the budget I was trying to keep, I will still enjoy music as much as possible, for when I do listen to music on the computer.
After some discussions in these threads, I've cut back on some of the other features I was looking for, such as wireless or the possibility of wireless extension after adding extension devices, because it seems the money goes toward that, rather than the speaker characteristics itself.