I purchased a pair of used Salk HT1-TLs in perfect shape to replace an old pair of POLK SDAs. I am driving them with an Emotiva XPA5 and use a Anthem MRX 700 as a pre-amp.
My issue is this - the Salks sound terrible - tinny, thin, like bose acoustimas speakers . The Polks sound way better in bass, treble and mid-range. Even the clarity on the Polks sound better. So obviously I have screwed something up in my set up because this is not the way it's supposed to be.
Additional inforation - I haven't run ARC on my Anthem and it was not run on the Polks. I purchased Salk Song Surrounds to arrive tom. and use in a 5.1 HT set up and plan to run ARC thurs or fri. Also plan tto get on the phone with Anthem Folks.
I use an HTPC (Dell 8300) - for both TV and music connected to a Samsung 55" plasma.
The TV is a Ceton PCI 4 tuner card connected w/HDMI, music is off a 6TB RAID connected thru USB, even the HD Tuner on Anthem sounds like crap.
I currently do not have a DAC but purchased a HTR Streamer II as that is a pretty obvious issue. Wiring is all Blue Jeans Cable.
I have been up/down and sideways through the Anthem (outside of ARC) because that is where I would think the issue is. I know I have source issues, hopefully the DAC can correct.