I know there is a program that can be installed to make the Cat 12 a full range speaker, but is that the design of the speaker or was it always intended to be used with a sub?
I just can't see spending a ton of money on 2 channel speakers+ amps+preamps when the Cat 12 may do the trick for me.
Given my question I just may be in the market for Cat12 speakers if anyone is considering selling theirs.
They work quite well as a 2 channel speaker. I actually have a prototype audiophile/crossover HT subwoofer I built using a pair of these woofers and a 700W amplifier just before I finalized the JS-12 subwoofer. The woofers used in the Catalyst 12C are exceptionally clean, and with 4 total, can do a great job in any moderate size room. Figure each pair of woofers have a little more low frequency capability than the JS-12, with significantly more upper bass punch. Of course with any full range pair of stereo speakers, the location in the room is quite important to make sure the speakers aren't set such that you have a big dip/null in response at the listening position. Again, this applies to any full range speaker, so if you had a good location before, that should be a good location for these. If interested in Catalyst 12Cs, I have a pair of red cherry 12C's with matching stands we've already upgraded to the new coaxial, which I would highly recommend as it gives more spaciousness and makes for easier setup in-room. E-mail us if interested.
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