Originally Posted by mtrot
Lol, no dinky wall-mounted surrounds for you, I see!
I'm with you, as I use tower speakers for my surrounds, albeit not on the scale of yours. I love hearing that full range sound coming out of them.
I started in the hi-fi biz back in the mid-70's. I first set up a surround system with little Mirage satellites about 15-20 years ago. They were less than satisfying. I've been back and forth over the years with sats and towers for surrounds. My last system used Magnepan MC1's for surrounds and rears (ca. 2007 up to last year). I liked their height but not the lack of low end, and decided to try towers again all the way around when I changed to Revel last year (Salon2 fronts, F206 surrounds and rears). I needed to lift my F206's about 6", but these were a better (albeit much more expensive) solution to raising the tweeters.
The last of the mahogany Salon2's and a great price goaded me to go waaay overboard, with the benefit of a loving wife who encourages my music hobby (she knew it when we were married over 30 years ago and I had a pretty high-end system then). She understands these will likely be my last set of reference speakers. My big Maggies (MG-IIIa's) are from 1988 and were used until last year. We hope to retire in another 7-8 years -- won't be money for new toys after that! We've also lost a lot of folk in the past couple of years (parents, cousins, and most recently our 17 yo Lab) and are buying and doing some things while we can and before we regret not doing them. Both kids are out of the house (since May), she likes to travel, I like my sound system. Monetarily she's still ahead but I get to travel and come home to great sound -- win-win!
For music I like them as-is. For movies I would probably put them a little higher, but can live with them as-is, and they are pretty heavy to lift.
Kevin said to go with Salon2's; Floyd suggested Gem2's in my room, maybe I should get a set of them and switch back and forth. (Not happening, John!) This hobby is made for the insane; it drives me crazy, but it's a short drive.
I am quite happy with what I have now for speakers and that is by far my biggest investment. They are gorgeous to look at as well as listen to; way more than I ever expected to have. Sometimes I go down and just look -- long time since a fairly rough childhood, and a lot of long hours led to being able to afford something like this. Working with John and Joel (and now Rex is in the fold) has been great; they are breath of fresh air compared to many other dealers. I imagine Steve and others are just as great but do feel blessed to have John just a few miles down the road.