Originally Posted by 123go
Got a little dilema on hand .
Saw a great offer on Totem Forest - 1500 CDN for the pair
I have the Rainmakers and really enjoy them
Just curious to AnB test both speakers.
I want more bass punch and precision wich im hoping to get with the Forest
and perhaps a little bit less brightnes on top end
I read on some forums some people preferred the rainmakers to forest surprinsingly (all a matter of tast i suppose).
Worst thing is i pay 1500 and sell them same price i guess..
ANyone know if this is like a major upgrade or a waste of money and time...
I'll let BigAl speak to this, but you should get a decent bass improvement, not sure on the top end? Although my local dealer had both while they were still around, and I listened to both, they were never side by side, and I only did serious listening of the Forest. I loved it, but went Paradigm Prestige ONLY for the bass performance at the time as I had no idea what I was going to do for subs (plus they had no Totem centers minus the Tribe III and V to compare with, and they did have the Pardigms). Otherwise, I did prefer the Forests, esp. for music/vocals. Let's see what BigAl says!
Originally Posted by ViciousJD
My main question is about recessing the speakers and placing them beside an integrated entertainment unit. Is it okay to recess the centre channel within a 4" recess. The recess will be made of drywall with some space above and below(perhaps an inch or two) and lots of space on the sides (in case I upgrade to a Tribe III one day
So, it sounds like the speaker would sit pretty close then to the front of the recess? That's likely O.K., you do want the face of the speaker recessed as little as possible. The recess looks fairly generous with some breathing room, might be just fine, but no question it will change the characteristics of the speaker. Tribe IIIs are awesome by the way.
Originally Posted by ViciousJD
The L/R channels will be placed to the side of the integrated entertainment unit which will stick out about 6" from the wall. The right channel speaker has a wall 25" from the edge of the entertainment unit. Do I need to worry about how close the side channels are from the entertainment unit? I know that it is not good to place the side channels beside a wall so was thinking of given them a few inches.
I'd be more worried about the wall, but I think you're fine there. I do have my L/R next to my AV cabinet, but it is not a wall unit or anything like that, and the fronts of the speakers are forward of the cabinet, and only a few inches away. I'd imagine there is interaction with the AV unit, but I'll guess it's minimal. Ideally, you'd want the fronts of those speakers as well not recessed if it can be avoided.
So, you're going to do a 5.1 system then with the Tribe IIs, or.....?? Me? I'd move those Tribe Towers into that system, get a Tribe III, and then those 5 x Tribe II for a 7.1!
Imagine that is not possible, but if you put the towers there, you've got tweeters better aligned with one another, and you can do a lot more experimenting with speakers not wall-mounted, and not worry about a partial recess at that point.