[QUOTE=thisgsx;58454360]These will be going into a 120-130 sqft living room with vaulted ceilings. Lowest point is 10 ft and highest is 16-17ft. Opens into the kitchen. Thinking about this purchase to future proof a future house purchase. Thoughts? I had a pair of Klipsch La Scala's in the same living room and it sounded excellent.
OK, you have LaScalas in your small living room--would the RTs be overkill? Uhhhh, no... not really. Time to put on the "justification hat" because the RTs are not as efficient as the LaScalas! Granted, you'll have far more power handling and deep bass response below 20 Hz as LaScalas die by the mid 50's range so in the end, if you throw more power at them (MOAR POWAH!) you can get around the same or more peak SPL.
Time for 18's class on convincing yourself that your cheese has not slid off the cracker--the Justification Class!
1. They can produce massive SPL which is not needed--because you are a "realist". You do gain lower distortion though, the point of audio equipment in the first place as they will blow your hearing and break drywall before they ever start showing signs of strain. Pat yourself on the back and yell "Getter Done!" for this discovery.
2. The much higher efficiency of the speaker compared to most other speakers mean you are using less power and creating less heat. Less power means you are "saving the planet" as your system is now "green"
so put an energy star on your new speakers! Also, since it is very efficient, this means less heat which requires less air conditioning to remove the heat in the room. Less AC means less noise from the vents which improve sound quality and a better audio experience! (Getter Done Round 2!)
(Better have a few drinks before reading number 3)
3. They weigh around 200 pounds or so each which prevents accidentally knocking them over--a very good idea when having small children in the area. The little creatures and do a full on flace plant into the speakers and not knock them over. This is a big safety concern--you are "saving the children" so that makes you a humanitarian!
Overkill? This IS AVS, since you already have LaScalas--your new speakers are a "step down" in efficiency so the RTs are more "grown up" than the LaScalas--you get the underkill award.
After all, there is an AVS'er that built seven 1899's--they have two 18's per box and he has SEVEN of them--because he needs 8 eighteens just for surround duty. That sets the bar for overkill higher, you won't be using those RTs for surrounds so it is perfectly reasonable and shows signs of restraint.
That is the Cliff Notes version of "Audio Justification 101" provided by 18. It is not denial if you believe it. (kudos to Saul Goodman for that nugget)
Overkill? Not likely... just another way to keep distortion low, preventing unneeded power consumption and to protect the children.
(The preceeding message has not been endorsed by anyone--use at your own risk and aim away from face.)
Enjoy your new system and keep between the curbs.