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Old 02-23-2014, 04:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm currently planning to use 3 HB-1's for my LCR speakers behind an AT screen - I'll have a subwoofer too. Use will be 100% movies/TV. If I increased my LCR speaker budget, what bookshelf speakers would be the next step up in sound quality?

One key restriction though - the depth of the speaker needs to be roughly the same as the HB-1's which is 8-9 inches. Otherwise the AT screen will be mounted too far from the wall (there are 16" deep columns on the left/right of the screen and I want the screen to be slightly recessed).

I've done some searching but the depth restriction is eliminating the traditional higher end brands unless I've overlooked some models. I'm sure I'd be happy with the HB-1's but just wanted to check if anyone had any higher end suggestions.
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There is always something better, if you are willing to pay more. As far as a better shallower speakers, That would be tough. Generally higher performance speakers need more room, and most speakers trade depth for height and width. You probably won't find anything less deep which is using a 6" or larger woofer, and you wouldn't want to use anything with a smaller woofer behind a AT screen, at least if you care about dynamics at all. If you are willing to go DIY, you could probably put something together that would meet your size restrictions which would be much better. Just take an existing speaker design and trade depth for height. There is a little more too it than that, but it wouldn't be tough to do, you would want to ask about the feasibility of that in the DIY forum.
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Would a Def Tech Mythos 6 or 9 sound better than the Hsu HB-1?

What about a NHT Absolute Zero bookshelf? Or the NHT Classic Two bookshelf?

Or an Ascend HTM-200 SE monitor?
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HC1.2's  :eek:

 

They are a little deeper, might double check if they are over 9" or not.

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The HC's have a 10" depth with grill. Remember that a little bit more room will be needed for speaker wires and ports.
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I don't need the extra woofer in the HC1 so if I stick with Hsu, the HB-1 is fine and not as deep as the HC1.
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Or maybe the Energy CB-10 or V-5.1 ?
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I don't know about the v5.1 but I would skip the CB-10, it didn't measure terrifically in Stereophile's review.
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I don't know about the v5.1 but I would skip the CB-10, it didn't measure terrifically in Stereophile's review.
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What about the new Chane Theater Ten's?

http://chanemusiccinema.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=65

They look like they'd be fairly good value and great for movie use.
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I forgot to ask but what's your budget?

If you had the budget for it three JTR S8-LP's would be awesome as an LCR setup with very shallow depth.

http://jtrspeakers.com/home-audio/single-8ht-lp/
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Did you take into consideration that the HB-1s are rear ported? Be sure to allow for a little space behind them. If you have the extra budget for LCR, consider adding 2 height speakers if your surround processor allows it. I really do like the sound of Hsu's. A friend got a KEF system with Q900s up front, and while they are very nice, it feels like something is missing. With the HB-1, it sounds more like you're at the movie theater, but with much better quality speakers than are usually there.
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jbrown, thanks for the suggestions - I'll look into the Chane Ten, the other one is too expensive.

Just ordered a NHT Two & Three to compare to the HB-1.

Fabbas, yes, I'm allowing 1 inch in the back for the rear port which puts the HB-1 front 10 inches from the wall which is why I'm giving the NHT Threes a try because they are 10.4 inches deep but no rear port.
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Are you not happy with the Hsu's? Not sure any of what you're considering will be a huge upgrade. Three of the Hsu centers placed vertically would be a sweet setup.
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Gmash, I'm helping my father-in-law pick out A/V equipment for his media room / new house that will be ready in a few weeks. He'll be using it for TV/movies and really wants clear vocals from the front speakers. We ordered 3 HB-1s and a pair of HIW-1s to compare and he preferred the HB-1s. If there's something better in the $400 range, we wanted to compare them in the next week before the 30-day return window closes on the HB-1s. If the NHTs aren't noticeably better, we'll keep the HB-1s for his LCR setup.
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He preferred the HB-1 over the NHT Classic Two & Three so we're sticking with the 3 HB-1's for his LCR setup.
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