Originally Posted by Doe Doe
What are you using for fronts now, BS22s?
Easy way to see if you are missing anything (assuming you don't like the Bics as left/rights), is to utilize Best Buy's return policy. Pick out a good pair of something you might one day consider buying, even if too expensive right now.
Test them against the BS22s. If your ears feel like dancing with the new speakers, while the BS22s seem like the speakers are playing while inside a paper bag, you have your answer.
Yes, I'm using the BS22s as my fronts. I have the RTiA3 coming today and Bic 65B on Monday to try out for my fronts as well. Maybe I will try the Sony cores that people have mentioned.
Originally Posted by Zorba922
The Sony Core bookshelf speakers, which BB sometimes puts on sale at $170/pair, would be an interesting test...they are supposedly much better than Sony's usual fare.
Yeah, that's another pair that I have read about and considered. As previously mentioned, I have the RTiA3 and Bic 65B coming today to try out as my fronts. I get the RTiA3 for 60 days, the Bic 65B for 90 days, so will have plenty of time with them. With kids, I could easily go a week without turning the receiver on. Oh how life has changed...
Anyway, I actually setup a full frontal assault of the Bic Fh6-LCR which I've never really spent much time with. I setup Audyssey, toed in slightly with the tweeters about one foot above ear level (I originally mounted my wall brackets for the BS22). For the first time I watched an entire movie with all FH6s as my front sound stage. We watched "The Accountant" last night and call me crazy, but this seemed to be a very
different experience with all the Bics up front. There were some scenes that just felt like a different experience, where you "felt there", and sounds feeling more crisp. Maybe it's new speaker trial bias or something, but things sounded so alive and dynamic, nothing felt subdued about the experience compared to at least what I recall when watching "Jason Bourne" with the BS22s. I crossed all fronts at 90hz. I did order the 65B, and actually have read where some say the sealed FH6 will have a tighter midrange compared to the 65B, but who knows if there's any real validity to this. Even the woman at Bic America thought the FH6 as fronts, if you have a sub, will be better than the 65B due to the dual woofers.
Call me crazy Zorba, but it seems the more I spend time with this speaker the more I'm impressed. I have no doubt that for "critical" music listening these would be burned out in the fire pit of people's homes in a heartbeat and would be rougher around the edges, but for HT use they seem to perform quite well. And they aren't bad at all music. Pianos and horn instruments, for example, they sound quite pleasing. It just seems that I shouldn't like them for how much bad rap they get, terrible website, no advertising, sold at Walmart for the love of God, and bottom of the barrel prices.
It will be interesting to use these for a bit, while trying out the RTiA3s and possibly those Sony Cores.