Originally Posted by aohurst
The OP has a RP 26F with the 90 x 90 horn - wouldn't they project fairly wide dispersion both L/R and Up/Down? Odd that wouldn't produce a stable sweet spot from 8 - 10 feet away
I thought this would be the case too. Part of it is that I'm physically closer to the left-most speaker about a full 2-3 feet, but I also have the smaller R-15PM powered monitors and have noticed that they are very directionally dependent when it comes to imaging - ie I have to be more or less full center and have them pointed at my ears, though maybe some of that is due to them being near-field (desktop use).
I got the Marantz today (lovely unit, by the way). This helped me discover an issue with running the Klipsches from the pre-outs: their volume doesn't appear to stay constant after power cycles. For tuning purposes I had the internal Klipsch amp turned up to what I think was about 3/4 power, and I'm still having to push the volume on the receiver to about 75 before it approaches what I'd call normal listening volumes. After a power cycle, the Klipsch volume seems to have jumped down to about its halfway point, which is really just too quiet unless I turn to Marantz full-on, which I'm not terribly interested in.
I'm definitely getting another set to use now. I found an old pair of those Swans Diva 2.1s I mentioned earlier for about $200 and picked them up. I'm not made of money, but I can afford to take a $200 chance on speakers I have fond memories of in the hope that they'll work out. And it they don't in fact work out, I'll probably look into ono of the following:
* Emotiva Airmotiv B1
* Elac Uni-Fi UB5
* Kef Q100
I've never heard a set of coaxials, and am very interested in how they do imaging-wise (I've heard good things). I've also never heard a ribbon, but likewise have heard very good things specifically about those that Emotiva employs. And they're the cheapest of the bunch, and they're center is reasonably priced so if the Swans don't work out then I'm probably going the Emotiva route.
Would love to take a chance on some of the pricier options mentioned here, but I'm not ready to drop that much more just yet.