And soffit mounted? Bigshot, are the larger Westlakes still one of the weapons of choice for mains? A friend who was the military consultant on a David Mamet feature got some time in Skywalker Sound but not in the big rooms.
I have old 230 lb 18" JBL four way monitors (4345s) and I know they were designed to be soffit mounted, and would sound best that way. But I'm not doing that in my house, even if I had higher ceilings. My congratulations always go out to the carpenters who soffit mount 400+ pound Westlakes two at a time. I am also a fan of their JBL and TAD pro components and I bet you are too.
Some consider main monitors overkill for home use; I admit that twelve inch speakers are plenty for a room, but the big boys' high efficiency, effortless realistic dynamics, dramatic level of accuracy and otherwise unobtainable realistic bass at live volume are rewards I couldn't pass up. They don't image very well and do use crossovers (even after I biamped them), and are not plug and play, but don't knock 'em if you haven't tried 'em I say. I don't use mine these days because I have gone another way I like even better, but they were the favorite speakers ever for most who heard them perform. By all accounts the expensive high end speakers can't do precisely what they do. Horses for courses is the phrase, I think.
Edited by Clarkmc2 - 9/7/12 at 4:31am