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post #31 of 37 Old 02-11-2014, 11:05 AM
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Interesting regarding the color of those Pinoneer speakers in black... will have to research them a bit more for more pics.

If you referring to my post above, I was talking about the Cambridge..
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Good to hear the positive feedback on the Yamaha receiver. I think the Denon 1613 though at the price of $244.44 is hard to beat. Anyone have any opinions on these receivers head to head?

The Denon receivers tend to be more efficient in surround mode - I am not a big fan of automatic
speaker calibration, I do not purchase based on that option.

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I prefer Audyssey which the Denon has versus YPAO which comes on the Yamaha. Other than that, they are pretty similar.

I like to use the Audyssey (room calibration software) settings for HT/surround, but I use minimal, manual EQ settings when listening to stereo music. (The Denon's can be configured so that any two-channel only audio does not use your Audyssey calibration.)
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Adding up the prices of the packages mentioned above these are the totals so far:

Pioneer Andrew Jones - $451.45
Home Theater Direct Level Two - $527
Cambridge Audio - $609.96
Ascends - $888

Based on those prices, and value for the dollar what do you guys think is the best deal? Are the Ascends that much better than the other sets to warrant $250-$300 more spent?

I'd like to see another speaker package or two that lands somewhere in between, say the $700-$750 range. Any further product lines anyone can mention?
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One more question, how do the HTD level three speakers compare to the level two speakers?

What if the level three's were used from the front L/R and center, and level two's for the surround channels? That would be a $170 upgrade. I really like the idea of the front bookshelves having 6.5" drivers.
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One more question, how do the HTD level three speakers compare to the level two speakers?

What if the level three's were used from the front L/R and center, and level two's for the surround channels? That would be a $170 upgrade. I really like the idea of the front bookshelves having 6.5" drivers.

The Level Three can handle more power, have deeper bass, have a wider soundstage,
and will sound a little more smooth and clean, compared to the Level Two. The sonic
signature is about the same.

If you choose HTD, then the Three's up-front is the way to go.

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Yeah the Level 3s are great speakers, and it will be fine to have L3 up front and L2 for surrounds.

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