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Have been reading about the HB-1 mkII's, and am curious as to how the "HSU sound" might best be described in comparison to other speakers. I have also been looking at speakers that are described as having a "british sound" like B&W, KEF, and Q Acoustics, which I understand are just on the warm side of neutral. How would the HSU's sound in comparison to those??
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Have been reading about the HB-1 mkII's, and am curious as to how the "HSU sound" might best be described in comparison to other speakers. I have also been looking at speakers that are described as having a "british sound" like B&W, KEF, and Q Acoustics, which I understand are just on the warm side of neutral. How would the HSU's sound in comparison to those??


I'd say they're pretty neutral. They've never been harsh on my sibilant test tracks like some paradigm studios I heard, just as an example. When I was auditioning speakers a couple of years ago, kef and b&w were on my list. I liked the kef r series and the uniQ creates a bigger sweet spot IMO than a lot of speakers due to its design. I heard the b&w cm series (not sure if it was the s1 or newer s2 version) and didn't care for them. I heard them at two different shops and both times it sounded like a wet blanket was hanging over the tweeter. Never heard q acoustics so can't comment on them. Ymmv.


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I'd say they're pretty neutral. They've never been harsh on my sibilant test tracks like some paradigm studios I heard, just as an example. When I was auditioning speakers a couple of years ago, kef and b&w were on my list. I liked the kef r series and the uniQ creates a bigger sweet spot IMO than a lot of speakers due to its design. I heard the b&w cm series (not sure if it was the s1 or newer s2 version) and didn't care for them. I heard them at two different shops and both times it sounded like a wet blanket was hanging over the tweeter. Never heard q acoustics so can't comment on them. Ymmv.


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In my experience Q Acoustics are a bit brighter than the B&Ws which are quite "laid back" in their sound.

I always liked the B&Ws I've owned but I think I prefer the sound of Q Acoustics vs. "affordable" B&Ws which are generally at least 1/3 more than a similar speaker from Q Acoustics.

The HSUs based on everything I've read are also a tremendous bang for the buck speaker.

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