Still waiting on the NHT MS satellites to be delivered. But I got a great deal through Amazon Warehouse Deals on an NHT Media Series Center, and it showed up today!
I haven't run Audyssey yet, just turned it off to do a quick A-B comparison with the Def Tech ProCenter 2000. (I installed the MS center upside down since it's sitting back from the edge on the mantel, to get the tweeter higher and hopefully avoid some reflection. Guess that's OK?) First impressions:
It is less efficient. I had to go from -3.5dB up to -0.5dB to match the output. (per my ears not a dB meter) But it has MUCH more detail, even at lower volume.
The NHT MS center has none of the cupped hands/out of a box sound of the Def Tech. I thought the Def Tech was a good speaker... But this is Much more forward and clear! (My Wife even commented walking through the room that she could hear the dialog better.)
It seems to have better dispersion too. Off-center clarity and imaging is better. Listening off-axis was a struggle before.
The NHT MS has less bass than the Def Tech. But some of that may have been bloated output from the Def Tech. Male voices still sound natural and full. This isn't necessarily a negative. But will wait to see what Audyssey says about the size and recommended crossover freq when I run it for the front 3.
I can't wait to get the sats to try the whole L/C/R set!
The SuperZeros are SuperCheap. Wondering if I should go ahead and buy 4 for height and surround? I have the ProMonitor 1000's now that I can use. But if the SuperZero's are even close to as good as these, I think I'd be crazy not to spend ~$240 for 4!