Originally Posted by blynott
Considering buying a pair of these and would also know how they compare to the SVS prime satellites. Anybody?
I have heard both but not directly against each other. I use the Prime Sats as front L/C/R's in my main HT as I am extremely space constrained. I was considering the HVL-1's at first but they are simply too large to go where I need them. They are mounted high, above the fireplace mantle so not ideal. They do put out a big sound and if you are size limited as I am they are a great choice.
Having said that, I also happen to have a pair of HVL-1's on loan from Wavecrest. I wanted to give them a listen and they we gracious enough to send me a demo pair. Per their request, I am holding on to them for now rather than shipping them back as I am located in Ohio, and the owner of Wavecrest thought it would work out better if someone was interested in demoing them in my area or me shipping them to someone closer than California.
I hooked them up to my dedicated 2 channel system, which consists of a pair of Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2's crossed over at 80Hz to a 12" Rythmik sub. I use a Marantz SR6003 AV receiver as a preamp. Main power is supplied by an Adcom GFA-5500 supplying 200 watts/channel
- 350 watts/channel
Hooked up in place of the Sierra's, I was in no hurry to pull them out. Aside from having the disadvantage of going up against Goliath, they held their own. Resolution was a notch or two down, dynamics were more constricted, and if you were to remove the sub from the equation, bass was substantially lighter (but that difference was more equal with the sub). As for the balance of the sound, that is exactly how I'd describe it......balanced. If you want a budget speaker that values neutrality, midrange clarity and imaging the HVL-1 is a winner. If you have the space and don't mind the plain-Jane looks of the HVL-1, save yourself some cash and order some. I did have the Prime Sats hooked up similarly when I first got them. They sounded pretty nice as well, but not as balanced. They have a more "boosted", or "etched" treble due to the metal domes. This might be more to one's liking over the more natural, smooth response of the HVL-1's silk dome. I also think the mids are close, but from memory I will give the edge to the Wavecrests. They gave a holographic image in between the speakers as if floating in space. Cosmetically it's no contest. I do think that having had Dave from Ascend Acoustics involved in the design that the money was spent on what matters most, the sound, with cosmetics second.
So, I hope I have not muddied the already murky waters of "Which speaker is better" shopping.