I know many rave about the 170's and 340's for music. How are they for movies? I am planning to use 170's for l/r, 340 for center, and 2 floorstanding sony's for my 2 surround and sony sa-wm40 for sub for time being.
Speakers that are good for music should also be good for movies. The reverse is not always true, however, as good music requires superior accuracy and neutrality that is usually less of an issue on movie soundtracks.
I think you mean dialogue that has nice rich mids ( most vocals are considered midrange).... as opposed to tin sounding....
I dont often recommend Rockets in another brand's thread (believe it or not), but you, my friend, are a candidate for the RSC200! It just completely opens up in the midrange, airy.. throaty wonderful mids ...
I havent heard the 340 though, im sure its excellent at mids too, and cheaper.
A general rule I have always found to be true is that if a speaker is spectacular for music, it will be good for home theater. Movie soundtrack reproduction doesn't require anything more or different from musical speakers for the most part.
Of course there are always some exceptions (e.g. planars / ribbons, bass response, etc.).
If you find a well built, standard designed speaker, it will perform for home theater. However, adding a subwoofer would be a way to augment the performance for HT as opposed to music.
The Ascends seem to have an excellent reputation for music, I doubt you can go wrong.
Do any 170 owners have these wall mounted or enclosed in a bookshelf/cabinet/integrated wall (common in HT applications? Given the rear ports, do they sound as good as people say in more optimal listening situations?
Can anyone comment on the HTM-200s as surrounds? I haven't seen many reviews (personal or professional). I'm contemplating a 7.2 ascend package with two VTF-2's, but I'm worried about placement considerations for the surrounds and possibly even the L/C/Rs. Thanks.
I have my 170 rear surrounds wall mounted, they sound fine. The Omnimount brackets I got give me a couple inches clearance from the walls. I'd be more concerned about the mains...mine are on stands with a foot and a half clearance behind them. The surrounds aren't going to be as critical, IMO, since you're just getting the "effects" as compared to the dialog and other key information going to the L/C/R.
I have the same system as you JDLIVE! 4 CBM-170s and 1 340c with the VTF-2 sub . Did you get the omnimounts from Ascend or did you get them from somewhere else. I noticed that they are about $10-12 more on the Ascend site than on some other sites. Do you know if they sell a specific version of that mount or is it a generic one? I went to the omnimount site and saw that they have several shaft lengths lengths. I would guess that with the 170's you would want to get as far away from the wall as possible (ie STX version) - am I right?
The mounts that Ascend sells on their website is the Omnimount 20.0 and I used them to mount my CBM surrounds. Don't know if the STX variant of the mounts would improve the sound any, but I am perfectly happy with the sound as is from the normal version. The standard shaft and ball-and-socket joint already cause the speaker to jut out quite a ways from the wall, so blockage of the port shouldn't be an issue.
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