Originally Posted by Rex Anderson
If you are going to use a projector and acoustically transparent (AT) screen, you could use JBL SCL series in wall speakers.
The divisions of Harman are Revel, JBL Professional and JBL Synthesis. They all have separate web sites that are fairly easy to navigate.
The Revel M126Be is an excellent speaker but will not play as loud as the JBL 708 (i or P). JBL speakers with compression drivers (CD's) are probably a better way to go for home theater (HT).
Also, with Revel (which I own and love), you are paying a bit more for the beautiful cabinets. If you want Revel for HT, I suggest you get tower speakers (like the F208) for more power handling/higher SPL capability. I use F208s and a C208 for my front L/C/R and F206's for my rear surrounds plus two subs. My system plays as loud as I can handle without strain, dynamic compression or amp clipping. I use an ATI AT4005 amp (200W/ch) to drive the 5 channels.
Thank you so much for your assistance here and in other threads. You've been most helpful! I have more questions.......... I hope you don't mind.
1. I am open to using the JBL SCL series. My issues are (1) I don't know how much these cost. I am in Canada and can't find any websites listing them, and even in USD I can't find anything online. (2) I also am not familiar with the performance of these speakers. I'm guessing they're all excellent, but I've been looking at objective measurements and I can't find the "spinorama" for these.
2. The revel M126Be are from a pretty high "tier" of their speaker line. The F228Be tower is 5000$ a pop for example and they use beryllium etc. I was thinking that perhaps these are a better speaker than the 708 (which are excellent of course). Some blind reviews and charts I've been seeing suggest that Revels might have a slight edge on JBL when they're priced matched.
3. The revel does not require a specific and expensive amplifier. So, yes they're more expensive because of the fancy wood etc., but maybe they're better "value" since I'm paying for just the speaker and not a special amp. The amp alone is 2k at least in CAD.
4. The M126Be have a sensitivity I think of about 88 or 89 in normal room (86 in chamber?). This means if I have 3 of these going at about 30 watts, they put out about 95db of sound at 15 feet. My impression is that this was plenty loud. I am very happy to be corrected on this! Maybe it is cutting it too close?