Originally Posted by SeaNile
Trying to put together an HT system that excels in concert BR/DVD playback with that front row like feeling. I've been at this for years and am about to start a small 15x19 room with seating distance 10' from the AT screen. Budget and size of room is making me list my JBL M2 w/Crown iTech 5000hd amps for sale. So essentially I am starting with a clean slate.
I'm pretty sensitive to harsh highs but have never used an EQ to modify the standard settings within the Pre/pro, I've also never used any room acoustical treatments.....I know. That would probably fix all my issues. Anyway....I'm wondering if there are high SPL speakers with something other than a compression or horn driver. I love the silky smooth sound of the Focal 1038be but that's way out of my budget for 3 of those plus amps and all the other needed equipment.
I've had JTR 212, Cat 12, JTR 215RT and now the M2. Considering JBL 708p for LCR and probably the 705p for surrounds in addition to a sub or two.
Any other speakers I should be looking at for this project? A quick look at a few B&W had them rated at 89dB. That's just not going to cut it for me. I need some serious output to make it feel like I'm sitting in the front row of a concert, yet without harsh highs.
I will let some other people advise you with respect to specific speakers, but there are two other aspects of this that I would like to pick-up on. First, if you have some high frequency ringing in your room (slap echo) and you are specifically sensitive to high frequencies to start with, then the answer to your dilemma is not going to lie entirely with your speaker selection. You seriously need to reduce the ringing in the room.
I am not advocating putting acoustic treatments specifically at first reflection points, or anything like that. But, if you can stand in the room, clap your hands sharply, and hear an echo, then that excess mid and high-frequency energy bouncing around in your room is going to strongly influence what you hear. Putting some softening influences in the room, via decorative acoustical panels or some other means, would have a significant impact on the high frequencies you hear with any speakers. Ringing is not our friend, particularly at high listening levels.
The second comment I would add is that, although automated room correction is not usually terribly helpful with high frequencies, you do have some user control in most AVP's. The tone controls implemented in most modern AVP's and AVR's only affect the front speakers. But, you can use the treble control to roll-off high frequencies a little.
I would recommend adding some softening influences to the room, irrespective of whatever new speakers you get. The combination of sensitivity to high frequencies, and a preference for Reference volumes, makes that imperative in my opinion. But, as an interim measure, or a permanent one depending on the circumstances, I would also consider the judicious use of the tone control.