I realize you went to some considerable length to then address the incongruity in the above statements (with your discussion of Logic 7); but I think that might breeze by my original point.\n\nIf you want a high level of room interaction (your 2-channel scenario); a wide dispersion speaker facilitates that.\nIf you want a low level of room interaction (your Multi-channel scenario); a low dispersion speaker facilitates that.\n\nYou speak of using processing to take a multi-channel, low-interactive room and play successful 2-channel music; but, while I think that's an important topic, it seems tangential. Your room-speaker interaction [and correct me if I'm mis-stating your position] should be different in a 2-speaker setup than in an 11-speaker setup. I assert that the room itself is only one part of that pairing.\n\nYeah I don’t agree that the speakers dispersion is as critical as you make it out to be, but otherwise agree with your point. The spatial cues of interest for recreating the virtual environment are mostly late reflections and both speaker types equally create those. The advantage of the more controlled dispersion speaker is that it has less early reflections which can smear the image. Early reflections simply cause virtual sources and when a virtual source is near the real source and of equal amplitude and near equal time, it’s not natural. A large acoustic venue never has that, so it’s one of the anomalies that would pull the brain back to reality. You recognize you are in a room again. \n\nIt’s also worth noting that the a controlled dispersion speaker like mine isn’t really that narrow. If you compare the radar graphs of an abbey to say a Revel, they won’t look as different as you might think. \n\nI also think, as I mentioned, that very wide dispersion speakers like the MBL’s create a huge soundstage but I think they have too much reflected energy relative to direct. So I don’t happen to think that is desirable. I wouldn’t argue for that as a better 2-channel option. I think you want a specific ratio of direct to reflected energy.