Tom, thanks for the nice write up. I've been flat out busy and missed this thread altogether.
It is always nice having Tom over. He is such a gentleman. Our 7 year-old, Jack, just ooogled his Yamaha touring cycle to death. He thought the helmet, riding boots, gloves and jacket were just too cool. When Tom left, Jack went scouring his room and reappeared, garbed in his Darth Vader helmet, snow boots, snow gloves and black jacket. He jumped on his BMX and went off to that place little boys' imaginations' take them.
We're enjoying the room immensely. The Danley does blend in effortlessly and is wonderful for music. Sometimes you forget it's even there. However, there are some movies where it just jumps out and grabs you by the throat. Last weekend I threw on "Contact" with Jodie Foster. The scene where the pod rotors are rev'ing up and then the pod drops into a worm-hole ... well, that was impressive.
Last night we watched Mr and Mrs Smith ... When the house blew, you really need to duck. And, as Tom alludes, the Belle center is just a champion in its own right. It's the workhorse in an HT setup. For those who have the room and resources to get one new or used, I would highly recommend it. It does things that a smaller center just can't. The size of the sound is really impressive. I got mine for the bargain price of $625. It needed new grill cloth but that was just about it.
Honestly, with regard to the Danley, the beast is large, it is not inexpensive, but there are so many mounting options for the box, it has a tiny footprint standing on end and it is seductive. If I had to do it again, I would. Those of you with Klipsch, SVS and other fine subs, be happy with what you have. As The Ear says, 20Hz at 120db is just flat out crazy wonderful. No need to upgrade from THAT.
The highest I listen to music or movies is maybe 100db in peaks, but 80-90db is just fine for my old ears. At those levels, the Danley just idles. If guilty of anything, I overspec'ed the sub. But for once in my life, I just wanted to hear what "the best" was. Klipschorns, Belle and a Tower of Fear are very close to that pinnacle.
Best wishes to you all in 2007.
Rosewood Klipschorns w/ ALK Crossovers and V-Trac Horns, Belle Klipsch with V-Trac Horn, Jean Francois Lessard 2A3 Horus SET with Cobalt Output Transformers, Jean Francois Lessard Pantheon Pre-Amp, Njoe Tjoeb 2000 CDP