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I recently came across HTD in another thread. You really don't see many reviews on their products, but they look beautiful. I currently have the Andrew Jones Pioneer towers and curious how these would sound comparatively. I'm not concerned with bass output because of my 5.2 system but I'm looking to change things up.

Another product I was curious if anyone could compare these with is the new EMP Tek bookshelves. These 3 speakers (pioneers, EMP Teks, and HTDs) are all in the similar price range, though the bookshelves would require stands if used as mains.

I have my surrounds on actual bookshelves so no need for extra stands, 12x12 basic room, 2 windows, and a entry door way on opposite side of room the HT is located - about 10 ft. away from my center channel and tv is my listening position.
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love mine almost ten years on level 3 bookshelves
only issue sub died a year ago
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love mine almost ten years on level 3 bookshelves
only issue sub died a year ago
Did the amp die? If so it is pretty easy to modify it to use the new style external amp. Just need to bypass the old amp. It should have speaker level inputs so you can connect the old speaker level input to external amp and internally to the driver and it will all be very clean.

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Did the amp die? If so it is pretty easy to modify it to use the new style external amp. Just need to bypass the old amp. It should have speaker level inputs so you can connect the old speaker level input to external amp and internally to the driver and it will all be very clean.
That's the plan when my Inuke arrives will share duty with my DIY sub I'm building right now
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I recently came across HTD in another thread. You really don't see many reviews on their products, but they look beautiful. I currently have the Andrew Jones Pioneer towers and curious how these would sound comparatively. I'm not concerned with bass output because of my 5.2 system but I'm looking to change things up.

Another product I was curious if anyone could compare these with is the new EMP Tek bookshelves. These 3 speakers (pioneers, EMP Teks, and HTDs) are all in the similar price range, though the bookshelves would require stands if used as mains.

I have my surrounds on actual bookshelves so no need for extra stands, 12x12 basic room, 2 windows, and a entry door way on opposite side of room the HT is located - about 10 ft. away from my center channel and tv is my listening position.
Based on listening to the towers, EMP Tek and HTDs are--in my opinion--better than the Pioneers. Unless maybe you get Dennis Murphy's affordable accuracy versions. I haven't listened to them, but I own his Philharmonitor speakers and trust his ear. For the price the EMP Tek is great, but the treble I found slightly lacking in clarity. The HTD treble I found to be more forward but very smooth. I seem to have a thing for the riboon tweeters I have heard.
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Arx speakers use ribbon tweeters, and that's what I've got. Love them! Awesome for both movies and music. You can't go wrong with HTD as well.

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I just purchased 7 HTD HD-W65 speakers for my dedicated small theater. I wanted in-walls for space constraints as the room is only 15x9.

Of course you have to install them to hear what they sound like. I installed the front three and they sounded decent so I moved forward with the remaining 4. After watching a couple of movies I find that there is a very specific phase kind of sound that they produce primarily on dialogue. I'm guessing it is an issue with the crossover?

I honestly have a hard time putting my finger on exactly what I'm hearing. It isn't muffled. They are crisp and have decent low end. Actually it kind of sounds like it is metallic. Perhaps I'm not used to the aluminum tweeters. Almost like tapping on a piece of sheet metal or something mixed in with the dialogue. Again, hard to explain.

I have tried individual speakers, many different settings and they all seem to do it.

Of course I'm a little screwed as they are painted to match my walls and obviously they would leave behind holes.

I guess I'm looking for anybody else's experience or thoughts on the situation.
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Moxified, I had a damn strange problem with my HTDs... It sounded like a bad midrange driver, kind of sizzling during playback of certain sounds. High-pitched string instruments would always do it... bells, chimes, the high ranges of speech, that kind of thing.

I went through two driver replacements, which HTD assured me was damn strange. Drivers rarely fail. They were also emphatic that it would not be the crossover.

In the end, the culprit turned out to be my Pioneer AVR. When I switched to an Onkyo, all my problems went away, and stayed gone.

There is a lot about my case that didn't make sense. Neither my nor HTD really understood what was going on--best guess was the Pioneer had too much DC offset for the HTDs to handle. I even exchanged Pioneers, and the replacement had the same issue... But the Onkyo did not.

So, based on my experience, I suggest you find a way to drive your HTDs with a receiver of a different make, and see if the problem manifests any differently. Yeah, it is a long shot... the sound you describe isn't like the distortion I had. But it's something.

Good luck!
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Klipsch or HTD for a 5.0 system?
Newbie looking for advice. I'm finishing our basement into a combo home theater and family room, approx 14' x 26', but the couch and viewing area are on one side. In a 14' x 15' area of the space. Help me out people: Should i go with Klispch Reference II series in the 52 line - RF -52, RB 52, and RC 52, or Home Theater Direct level 3, 2 towers , 2 bookshelves and a center. These are both in my price range ($1250 vs $1350). Or would bookshelves for fronts be just as good as the towers?

The HTD might have a 6.5" speaker vs the Klipsch 5.5" - but the Klipsch sensitivity is much higher. - well into the 90's. That's the important thing right? These will mostly be used for TV/Movies/Football. I will be using a Denon 2307CI receiver and a Dayton Audio 10" sub. These are to replace my hodgepodge of Polk S6 fronts, Cerwin Vega center channel and JBL rears. Looking for crisper dialogue, will the Level 3 towers with a midrange help this more than using a center and 4 bookshelves if i go with HTD?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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