I can hear all my British folk singers diction clear as a bell, so I'd think anything Hollywood would throw at em would as well.
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I second Knownothing's comments. I have the SHL5 for fronts and PSB speakers for the rears. You definitely need a subwoofer for the explosions and stuff. Some dynamic speakers will give you more grunt and sharp transients but the Harbeths are not lacking either. As for dialogue, Harbeth speakers are one of the best in vocal reproduction hence you will hear everything as clear as a bell if voices are important to you. I am not using a center speaker in my small HT room but am contemplating one. Just make sure you are using a good source, like the Oppo BDP-83 to obtain crystal clear voices.
Crash, Boom, Pow, Bam - the sticky multiplex sound explosion experience continues its bleed into Hi-Fi. Some call it A/V. An acronym for "aggressive vibration"? I know, I know - you all have two single purpose systems. Yada Yada.
p.s: Harbethian's vote, and they defend their choice with their weapon of choice, the Radial Driver. You've been warned.