JVC RS4500 | ST130 G4 135" | MRX 720 | MC303 MC152 | B&W 802D3, HTM1D3, 805D3, 702S2 | 4x15 IB Subs
I *far* prefer the 702S2 to the 804D3. The 804D3 do have better imaging, but the 702S2 have a much better midbass sound and are not nearly as bright. With your emotiva gear, the 804D3's will probably make your ears bleed. The combo will be very bright.I'm considering purchasing a set of 804 D3s for use as front Left/Right channels to replace my current CM8s.
I am somewhat still considering just stepping down to the 702 S2 instead though (sounded very good as well to my ears)
I'm struggling with what to do about a center channel though. Whatever I do should at least be a significant upgrade from my CM Centre...
I wish I could make an HTM2 D3 work, but it is significantly taller than what I can fit on in my Salamander media cabinet at 12" tall.
The HTM71 S2 Centre Speaker at 8.6" tall would easily fit in the 9" opening of my media cabinet, but I'm worried that it won't keep up with the 804 D3s or even the 702 S2s.
Possibly a very bad idea, but has anyone ever used a single 705 S2 bookshelf laid sideways as a center channel speaker (805 D3 is still too wide at 9.3")? It seems like the tweeter on the 705 S2 would at least be a better match to the 804 D3, but I feel like I must be missing something.
My current 7.2.4 setup is:
B&W CM8 - Front
B&W CM Centre - Center
B&W FPM6 - Side Surround
B&W FPM2 - Back Surround
B&W CCM683 - Front & Rear Ceiling
SVS SB16 Ultra - Dual Subwoofers
Marantz AV7703 - Pre/pro
NAD C 658 - Preamp
Emotiva XPA-9 G3 - Front (bi-amp), Center, Side & Back Surround
Emotiva A-500 - Front & Rear Ceiling
I'd strongly suggest doing whatever you can to get into the HTM1D3 or HTM2D3 center regardless what you have to do to mangle your entertainment center to get there. There's an absolutely humongous difference between the HTM2D3 and the HTM71. In fact, my first suggestion to you is to spend all your upgrade money on an HTM1D3 keeping all your other existing speakers and only if you can afford the upgrade after that then go for the 702S2's. I'd then do whatever it took to make that work in your entertainment center along with options of replacing or getting rid of it entirely. A single HTM1D3 would be such a huge upgrade for you that after that upgrading the other speakers would seem like a much smaller upgrade - for movies. For music I can see another discussion.
A single 705S2 as a center is not a good option. I've also tried 2 706S2's together with the tweeters closest together in an Woofer-Tweeter-Tweeter-Woofer configuration and it was not very impressive.