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The Hsu speakers are not harsh at all. My Infinity Primus speakers are more fatiguing and brighter than the Hsus, and they are using 3/4" dome tweeters.
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Are you familiar with the HSU speakers I've referenced in this thread?
Not personally, but I don't see anything about them that would make me think that they don't perform as advertised. My preference would be to use the HC-1 dual woofer cabs for L,R and C. You'll get a better result when those three are identical, and the cost isn't that much more.

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So finally you decide?
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What do you mean?
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Will my AVR pose any problems driving these speakers? Supposedly, my AVR puts out 90 watts a channel.
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Frankly I'd suggest upgrading the L, R, and Centre to identical speakers. In spite of the budget restraints, going with the Atom Monitor would be a passable choice. It's specifications lists it as -2 dB at 86 Hz. So just barely a contender for an 80 Hz crossover. Certainly OK at 100 Hz. But I'd prefer L, R and C to crossover at 60 Hz. This would dictate speakers which reach down to a little below 60 Hz. It avoids any issue of directionality of the bass frequencies.

And forget the traditional centre channel speaker. Having identical speakers for L, R and Centre will provide for perfect timber matching. Conventional centre channels position the woofer/mid driver horizontally beside the tweeter which causes interference patterns. Nice marketing since it fits under the TV, but a poor choice for a home theater. Just go for nice vertically aligned speakers.

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Any of these speakers will work fine on your receiver.
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Hi all,

One more potential issue. I'm struggling where to place the two surrounds. For my room, it seems that the best is for me to wall mount them. But, from what I understand, that is less than optimal acoustically. Should I be avoiding a wall mount for the surrounds if at all possible? Or is the affect from wall mounting likely unnoticeable?

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You'll want a wall mount if you are using bookshelf speakers for surrounds. You will want the surround speakers aimed at your listening position. A really good and inexpensive mount for this is the Videosecu side-clamping mount. It won't hurt the sound quality, it may be quite a bit better than dipole or bipole surround speakers as well.
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After a couple weeks of more reading on the HSU speakers and Ascend Acoustics 340s, I think I'll go with the 340s for my L, C, and R, and then later get the 170s for my rears. But, I'm not sold on the sub options that Ascend offers (basically, more than I care to pay for). So, I'm thinking of getting the HSU VTF1-Mk2.

That shouldn't cause any problems right? I'm not worried about loudness because I won't crank it very much. Rather, I just want to make sure that the sound fits seamlessly with my speakers. Thoughts?
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After a couple weeks of more reading on the HSU speakers and Ascend Acoustics 340s, I think I'll go with the 340s for my L, C, and R, and then later get the 170s for my rears. But, I'm not sold on the sub options that Ascend offers (basically, more than I care to pay for). So, I'm thinking of getting the HSU VTF1-Mk2.

That shouldn't cause any problems right? I'm not worried about loudness because I won't crank it very much. Rather, I just want to make sure that the sound fits seamlessly with my speakers. Thoughts?

Sub is the one area you don't want to skimp. Makes much more of a difference than any other component in the chain.

Adding the LVR12 through Ascend gets you some package discount too.

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The HSU VTF1-Mk2 is skimping?
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The HSU VTF1-Mk2 is skimping?

Compared to what you have for the front 3 it is. 10" sub tuned to 25hz. At a minimum the SVS PB 1000 for $99 shipped. It would be about the same price after shipping on the HSU.

I didn't read the whole thread and don't know the size of your room, but there really is not "too much" sub for a room.

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Even the PB1000 would be skimping. I would go for a VTF2 or LV12 at the very least.
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I have a 16x20 room, but I can't ever crank it much. I live in large condo building, and I don't want to disturb my neighbors. So, I don't care if its loud. Just want it to sound good with the other speakers.
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Assuming that room is not open to other rooms and has normal ceiling height, the PB-1000 should work fine as long as you don't expect to crank it up loud and have it perform. See this review: http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2013/04/19/review-svs-pb-1000-subwoofer?page=0,0

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Just ordered the ascend 340s. Pretty pumped. But my gratification will be delayed because they are backordered.
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