Paducah Home Theater Posted September 7, 2016 Share Posted September 7, 2016 9 hours ago, derrickdj1 said: To much emphasis is put on all matching speakers and woofer size. The Reference line uses the same type of driver and timber matching is pretty darn good. What a surround is doing in a multichannel system is providing ambient and directional cues. If we went back 15 years to where surrounds were nothing but ambience, this is exactly right. The problem is when we start having the surrounds being more and more aggressive. In an ideal Atmos system, you want seamless 360 degree panning where nothing wimps out. You can't fully achieve this effect by having 15+" mains crossed over at 500 hz to a 3" compression driver then made that with 4" surrounds crossed over at 1,800 hz. Just not going to sound the same. I agree about the reference timbre matching, it's surprisingly close. I've A/B'ed a RC-64ii and RP-450C as well as RF-7ii and RP-280F's. On most material at low volume, it's surprisingly hard to tell the difference, I was shocked that I couldn't really tell if I wasn't paying attention to certain things that I knew would set them apart. The noticeable difference is all about the tweeters, not the woofers. You mix and match these all at the same time and crank up the volume and on some material you just can't turn the reference premier stuff off fast enough, the RF-7ii's are just way more pleasant and exciting. There is in fact a noticeable difference but that has little to do with the bass response. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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