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post #181 of 231 Old 04-07-2015, 09:33 AM
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Are you using stands for your HVL mains?
Yep, Sanus 30" with a little Blu Tack. They work perfect!

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Still enjoying these speakers and don't regret my purchase. They are a good value and highly recommend to people on a tight budget.
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Still enjoying these speakers and don't regret my purchase. They are a good value and highly recommend to people on a tight budget.
I feel the same way. I absolutely love these speakers and can't imagine a better deal. I tore my Achilles this past Saturday and just had surgery so I'll be enjoying these a lot more over the next 6+ months lol.

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Still enjoying these speakers and don't regret my purchase. They are a good value and highly recommend to people on a tight budget.
I feel the same way. I absolutely love these speakers and can't imagine a better deal. I tore my Achilles this past Saturday and just had surgery so I'll be enjoying these a lot more over the next 6+ months lol.
Sorry about your injury. Rest up!

Thinking about buying these for a small office with a cheap receiver. They seem to be crazy good for the price!
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I am still enjoying mine as well in my second HT room. A great buy and highly recommended! I sure hope things are going well on your end Curtis

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Just ordered 5--can't wait to hear them.

Can anyone give me suggestions as to how to mount/shelf the 2 that will be used as surrounds? They will be going in the corners of the walls. Thanks!
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Just ordered 5--can't wait to hear them.

Can anyone give me suggestions as to how to mount/shelf the 2 that will be used as surrounds? They will be going in the corners of the walls. Thanks!
You could use something like this if you have the room:

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Anyone use HV-1 as a center horizontally? I am thinking of getting 5 and would like to lay the center horizontally. The tweeter seems a round dispersion, so I guess only question is the tweeter-Woofer layout versus the normal center-specific woofer-tweeter-woofer.

I have read some reviews on the HV-1s and both have tested with it horizontal for the center. For example: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...er-review.html

"Vocals take on a whole new dimension, almost irrespective of the source material (I had one speaker laying horizontal and being used as my center)."

He raves about dialog in movies etc with the HV-1s. I assume dialog would be where any problems would be, if there are any, in laying an HV-1 horizontally for center, so it seems there are no problems.

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Anyone use HV-1 as a center horizontally? I am thinking of getting 5 and would like to lay the center horizontally. The tweeter seems a round dispersion, so I guess only question is the tweeter-Woofer layout versus the normal center-specific woofer-tweeter-woofer.

I have read some reviews on the HV-1s and both have tested with it horizontal for the center. For example: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...er-review.html

"Vocals take on a whole new dimension, almost irrespective of the source material (I had one speaker laying horizontal and being used as my center)."

He raves about dialog in movies etc with the HV-1s. I assume dialog would be where any problems would be, if there are any, in laying an HV-1 horizontally for center, so it seems there are no problems.

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You should be fine.
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You should be fine.

Thanks. I talked with someone at Wave Crest. He said no difference for a listener inside 20 degrees and just slight change outside of that.
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The HTM-200SE's are great sealed speakers of which I actually own and use as surrounds in my main HT system. I think using it as a center channel in lieu of an HVL-1 would probably be of no real advantage for me.

Hi, how would you compare the HTM-200SE to the HVL-1. With the current Ascend anniversary sale 2 pair of HTM-200SE and 1 for center are not too much more than 5 HVL-1s. Not considering price, do you prefer the HTM-200SEs?
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Hi, how would you compare the HTM-200SE to the HVL-1. With the current Ascend anniversary sale 2 pair of HTM-200SE and 1 for center are not too much more than 5 HVL-1s. Not considering price, do you prefer the HTM-200SEs?
IMHO, the HVL vs the 200SE is very very close. With the HVL's you will get a bit better bass extension. With the 200SE you will get a bit better highs. Mid-range, the HVL's may be slightly better. If given the choice for LCR, I would pick the HVL's

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IMHO, the HVL vs the 200SE is very very close. With the HVL's you will get a bit better bass extension. With the 200SE you will get a bit better highs. Mid-range, the HVL's may be slightly better. If given the choice for LCR, I would pick the HVL's
Thanks. Did you stick with an HVL-1 center standing vertical or did you go back to horizontal? You had written that it might just be a placebo effect making the vertical placement seem better. So it was almost non-detectable if any difference?

I am deciding between the HVL-1s with an HVL-1 horizontal as center (need to place it that way as I have center on top of TV) and the Emp Tek R5Bi with the Emp Tek matching center - the dedicated center has me leaning toward the Emp Tek.
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Hi, how would you compare the HTM-200SE to the HVL-1. With the current Ascend anniversary sale 2 pair of HTM-200SE and 1 for center are not too much more than 5 HVL-1s. Not considering price, do you prefer the HTM-200SEs?
the two speakers are quite different. The HTM-200's use considerably higher end components and are specifically designed for a very accurate and detailed response. In comparison, the HVL's will be more forgiving, less detailed in comparison, but will offer a warmer presentation. The 200's are a sealed design while the HVL's are ported and will have deeper bass. The 200's will ultimately be more dynamic. Choosing between the two should come down to what your preferences are and what you expect from the system. Best to discuss directly with Curtis or myself...

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Thanks. Did you stick with an HVL-1 center standing vertical or did you go back to horizontal? You had written that it might just be a placebo effect making the vertical placement seem better. So it was almost non-detectable if any difference?

I am deciding between the HVL-1s with an HVL-1 horizontal as center (need to place it that way as I have center on top of TV) and the Emp Tek R5Bi with the Emp Tek matching center - the dedicated center has me leaning toward the Emp Tek.

I left it vertical only because in my set up I can do it. If I could not, horizontal would have been just fine.

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Got a chance to spend some time with a pair of Wave Crest HVL-1's and did up a review over at NoAudiophile.com

http://noaudiophile.com/Wave_Crest_Audio_HLV-1/

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Thanks. Did you stick with an HVL-1 center standing vertical or did you go back to horizontal? You had written that it might just be a placebo effect making the vertical placement seem better. So it was almost non-detectable if any difference?

I am deciding between the HVL-1s with an HVL-1 horizontal as center (need to place it that way as I have center on top of TV) and the Emp Tek R5Bi with the Emp Tek matching center - the dedicated center has me leaning toward the Emp Tek.
Did you end up getting the HVL's?

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No. EMP Tek.
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How do these sound compared to the svs prime satelites?
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How do these sound compared to the svs prime satelites?
Considering buying a pair of these and would also know how they compare to the SVS prime satellites. Anybody?

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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 @8ohms - 350 watts/channel @4ohm s.


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.
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So, I hope I have not muddied the already murky waters of "Which speaker is better" shopping.
Thanks HOTDIGITY, this is extremely helpful. As these will be hidden when not in use the looks don't matter to me at all. I think the Wavecrests will be perfect for my HT. Now I just have to find a way to let my wife know that these should be my Birthday present in a couple of weeks.

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Considering buying a pair of these and would also know how they compare to the SVS prime satellites. Anybody?
Someone on another thread called my attention to this review of those sats:

Same reviewer on the HVL-1:
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Someone on another thread called my attention to this review of those sats:
Thanks Zorba922, that confirms my decision to go with the Wavecrests.
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Nice find!


Funny.....my wife says that the Sats are TOO loud!!
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Well, I have owned these Wave Crest Audio HVL-1 (5 of them) for a while and I must say after hearing and comparing these to some other speakers in my house, these fall short to almost all of them.

-JBL LSR-305: My current speakers. Walk all over these in clarity, accuracy, bass, and off-axis. With my LSR Sub and using my Presonus 16.0.2 digital mixer as my PC 24-Bit audio interface, these are the best and most accurate speakers I have ever heard and can be had for not too much money more than the WCA. The only "issue" is you need preamps to run these as they only have XLR and TS inputs. And they are powered speakers as well, no receiver needed (yet can be used with ones that have preamps). I miss surround sound a bit, but sound quality with these speakers and my mixer easily trumps my former AVR/wired speaker setups.

-Andrew Jones Set: 2 towers, center, and bookshelves. Sound richer, more bass, and I like the sound signature much better. Better value as well.

-Boston Acoustics Classic II (CS): Step up from the Andrew Jones. Sound clearer and more punchy but tweeter is a little rich (very slightly inaccurate).

-Polk Audio TSR: TSR-400, matching center, and bookshelves. Definitely sound better than the Wave Crest Audio. Kind of an in between of the Andrew Jones and Bostons I own. I like them particularly for Genesis songs for some reason.

I know I praised the Wave Crest Audio in the past, but I wanted to like them more than I do. Diffraction (due to the proximity of the tweeter and woofer) is an issue and I just find them lifeless and muffled sounding. I have tried multiple placements, multiple room correction (including none) and I just cannot get the sound I am after out of these. The JBL speakers I have particularly make these sound bad in comparison, as do any of the other speaker sets I have. Also, do the the raised prices on the Wave Crest Audio (would now be $650/shipped for 5 of these), the value proposition is not even in the equation any longer.

Of course I am not knocking these speakers and I can see why some would like them. I just do not think they are worth the asking price when there as much better speakers for around the same or slightly more. I can guarantee 9 out of 10 people would prefer the sound of the SVS Prime to these. I heard them and they are not even in the same ballpark.

These speakers are black boxes, no markings or anything. Their strongest attribute is the midrange, the bass is alright and the highs are not great or bad. If they were half the cost, they would be more value but the current asking price? Buy them used or buy a pair only and audition them before you buy more. Just my suggestion but I am not a fan of these and especially at current prices.

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Well, I have owned these Wave Crest Audio HVL-1 (5 of them) for a while and I must say after hearing and comparing these to some other speakers in my house, these fall short to almost all of them.

-JBL LSR-305: My current speakers. Walk all over these in clarity, accuracy, bass, and off-axis. With my LSR Sub and using my Presonus 16.0.2 digital mixer as my PC 24-Bit audio interface, these are the best and most accurate speakers I have ever heard and can be had for not too much money more than the WCA. The only "issue" is you need preamps to run these as they only have XLR and TS inputs. And they are powered speakers as well, no receiver needed (yet can be used with ones that have preamps). I miss surround sound a bit, but sound quality with these speakers and my mixer easily trumps my former AVR/wired speaker setups.

-Andrew Jones Set: 2 towers, center, and bookshelves. Sound richer, more bass, and I like the sound signature much better. Better value as well.

-Boston Acoustics Classic II (CS): Step up from the Andrew Jones. Sound clearer and more punchy but tweeter is a little rich (very slightly inaccurate).

-Polk Audio TSR: TSR-400, matching center, and bookshelves. Definitely sound better than the Wave Crest Audio. Kind of an in between of the Andrew Jones and Bostons I own. I like them particularly for Genesis songs for some reason.

I know I praised the Wave Crest Audio in the past, but I wanted to like them more than I do. Diffraction (due to the proximity of the tweeter and woofer) is an issue and I just find them lifeless and muffled sounding. I have tried multiple placements, multiple room correction (including none) and I just cannot get the sound I am after out of these. The JBL speakers I have particularly make these sound bad in comparison, as do any of the other speaker sets I have. Also, do the the raised prices on the Wave Crest Audio (would now be $650/shipped for 5 of these), the value proposition is not even in the equation any longer.

Of course I am not knocking these speakers and I can see why some would like them. I just do not think they are worth the asking price when there as much better speakers for around the same or slightly more. I can guarantee 9 out of 10 people would prefer the sound of the SVS Prime to these. I heard them and they are not even in the same ballpark.

These speakers are black boxes, no markings or anything. Their strongest attribute is the midrange, the bass is alright and the highs are not great or bad. If they were half the cost, they would be more value but the current asking price? Buy them used or buy a pair only and audition them before you buy more. Just my suggestion but I am not a fan of these and especially at current prices.
I'd expect the JBL and BA speakers to be livelier and more detailed, and the Pio AJ speakers to be fuller in terms of mid-bass presence but probably lacking in voice clarity for HT. Am surprised you preferred even the Polks, though.

Didn't know about the price increase on the HVLs, either...
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Zorba922, the price has not changed as far as I know. Shipping is included in the $229 where as before it was separated.
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Zorba922, the price has not changed as far as I know. Shipping is included in the $229 where as before it was separated.
No, I just went to their website and added speakers to cart, put in address info and they added $27 to that $229 price for shipping. Five speakers came out to $615 shipped.

This puts them above the regular prices for the EMPTek R5Bi, Philharmonic AA, ELAC B5, etc. especially if buying a whole 5.0 set ... hmmmm!
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No, I just went to their website and added speakers to cart, put in address info and they added $27 to that $229 price for shipping. Five speakers came out to $615 shipped.

This puts them above the regular prices for the EMPTek R5Bi, Philharmonic AA, ELAC B5, etc. especially if buying a whole 5.0 set ... hmmmm!
Ah, my bad! Did not realize there was an increase.
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