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post #571 of 585 Unread 04-01-2016, 04:27 AM
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So I am currently demoing some speakers, and am really liking the HTD L3 bookshelves. Guess I just prefer ribbons. I may also grab some Martin Logan Motion 15s from Bestbuy - currently my 2nd choice of all I have demoed.
If I end up keeping HTD and sending the rest back, I would go straight for a 5.0 setup. Currently have 2 subs, and ordered a Rythmic FVX15 (couldn't pass up on the sale - should be here today!).

Q: do I keep the 2 bookshelves and buy the center and 2 more bookshelves for rears? Or do I just get 2 towers and a center and move the bookshelves back? Let's assume cost is not an issue. I think aesthetically, I just enjoy the look of towers, but the specs only show 1 DB between the tower and bookshelf. How much better is that 2" mid-range dome on the tower?
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So I am currently demoing some speakers, and am really liking the HTD L3 bookshelves. Guess I just prefer ribbons. I may also grab some Martin Logan Motion 15s from Bestbuy - currently my 2nd choice of all I have demoed.
If I end up keeping HTD and sending the rest back, I would go straight for a 5.0 setup. Currently have 2 subs, and ordered a Rythmic FVX15 (couldn't pass up on the sale - should be here today!).

Q: do I keep the 2 bookshelves and buy the center and 2 more bookshelves for rears? Or do I just get 2 towers and a center and move the bookshelves back? Let's assume cost is not an issue. I think aesthetically, I just enjoy the look of towers, but the specs only show 1 DB between the tower and bookshelf. How much better is that 2" mid-range dome on the tower?
If cost isn't an issue, then I would get the towers. You're not just paying for the added midrange. You're paying for the extra cabinet material and labor, 3-way crossover, and additional 7" bass drivers.

Lots of users upgrade the front stage, and move the L and R speakers to surround duty. If cost isn't an issue, than you could get a 5.0 setup of HTD Level 3s, having the front be towers (and center) and the rears being bookshelves.

I like to save some costs and use the bookshelves from the L and R as surround duty when I upgrade the front stage.

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So I am currently demoing some speakers, and am really liking the HTD L3 bookshelves. Guess I just prefer ribbons. I may also grab some Martin Logan Motion 15s from Bestbuy - currently my 2nd choice of all I have demoed.
If I end up keeping HTD and sending the rest back, I would go straight for a 5.0 setup. Currently have 2 subs, and ordered a Rythmic FVX15 (couldn't pass up on the sale - should be here today!).

Q: do I keep the 2 bookshelves and buy the center and 2 more bookshelves for rears? Or do I just get 2 towers and a center and move the bookshelves back? Let's assume cost is not an issue. I think aesthetically, I just enjoy the look of towers, but the specs only show 1 DB between the tower and bookshelf. How much better is that 2" mid-range dome on the tower?
I would go for the Tower but using their Bkshelf as surrounds speakers seems overkill, really.
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Looking for Advice - Using HTD Speakers

Hello All,

We are finishing our basement and have decided to include a dedicated home theater in a light controlled corner portion of the current layout. I am working with a contractor who is doing most of the structural grunt work (framing, building tiers, drywall, insulation, etc.) but I will be tasked with all the fun electronics. My goal here is to provide you with some background on my build and the goodies I plan on utilizing. All I ask is for you to do what you know you can do best... Rip the hell out of my design, layout, audio/video component selection, and provide useful feedback as you can. Thank you in advance for all the fun laughs, ideas and smart ass comments.

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Rectangle shape room
19.8'Lx12.8'Wx8'H

Room Features:
Single 8"H tiered seating with (6) One80 Apollo theater chairs (Black)
Light Control
Utilizing Harmony Elite with Smart Control
Smart light switches (x4) (Need suggestions)
Controlled Rope lighting in front portion near projection screen
4 Controlled 4" Can lights
2 Controlled pathway lights on installed in single tier
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Wall Paint = Flat Dark Grey
Flat White trim throughout the room
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Jeld-Wed Tria R3140 Solid Core Door (1 Entrance in and out)
Floated Walls using resilient channels (purchased from Home Depot)
Double Fire rated drywall attached using acoustic sealant
Rockwool Insulation on 2 Interior facing walls and ceiling

Hardware:
Middle Atlantic SRSR-2-24 Sliding/Rotating A/V Rack
Mounted flush in wall and trimmed out with molding
3 or 4 venter rack shelves
1 (9spot) power rack strip
1 (2 fan) rack strip
14 AWG In Wall speaker wire
Peerless PRGS-UNV Projection Mount
Total 9 power outlets
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2 on left
2 on right
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Home Theater Direct Speakers htd(dot)com **Great speakers for the price and quality!
LVL 3 Center
LVL 3 L/R Tower
LVL 3 L/R Bipol/Dipol Surround
LVL 3 L/R Bipol/Dipol Back Surround
LVL 3 Sub with external amp
**Onkyo Atmos ceiling L/R.


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Elite Screen Aeon 135" AR135WH2

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Sony PS4
AppleTV
Amazon FireStick
Roku
DirectTV Box
Harmony Hub
Harmony Smart Control
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Well that took a minute to complete but glad I did. Ok, that’s everything in all its glory! I absolutely cannot wait to get started and want to thank each of you for the guidance you might provide.
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I just ordered the Level 3 Towers and Center, plus the bipole/dipole surrounds.
What's your impressions of the Level 3 bipole/dipole rear surrounds? I'm thinking of getting a pair to replace my wide dispersion monopoles I'm currently using as side surrounds. TIA.



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Hi guys I'm looking to buy some level 3 towers any owners out there that can coment on them good or bad?

Thanks a ton!
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Hi guys I'm looking to buy some level 3 towers any owners out there that can coment on them good or bad?

Thanks a ton!
Great towers. I own(ed) some Level 3s and Level 2s.

Get the good finish, it'll be worth it.

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My father has four ~10-year-old Level 3's that he's replacing. These are from when HTD made them with silk dome tweeters and rear ports. What would be a recommended modern center to make them into a 5.0 system? Or would it be too difficult to find a center that would match well?
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My father has four ~10-year-old Level 3's that he's replacing. These are from when HTD made them with silk dome tweeters and rear ports. What would be a recommended modern center to make them into a 5.0 system? Or would it be too difficult to find a center that would match well?
Do you have the old tower or bookshelf Level 3's?

If you have the older bookshelf level 3's I would just get a level 2 center for them.

The current level 2's match the old Silk Dome Level 3s. The guts of the dome tweeter are exactly the same the only change is that they trimmed its frame a bit to make it a little more compact for what was their now discontinued "middy" and "flat panel" line which was replaced by the HTS line.

The level 2 center should perform as well as the old or new level 3 bookshelf (unless you really love the ribbon tweeter highs) but not as well as any of the level 3 (old or new) center or tower speakers.

It would also be possible to run one of their HTS1's which I was told will also have the same dome tweeter if you have the extra space and the extra money (twice the price compared to the level 2 center).

The HTS1 is probably the best that you could possibly do for a matching center channel but the level 2 center is probably more realistic.

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Do you have the old tower or bookshelf Level 3's?

If you have the older bookshelf level 3's I would just get a level 2 center for them.

The current level 2's match the old Silk Dome Level 3s. The guts of the dome tweeter are exactly the same the only change is that they trimmed its frame a bit to make it a little more compact for what was their now discontinued "middy" and "flat panel" line which was replaced by the HTS line.

The level 2 center should perform as well as the old or new level 3 bookshelf (unless you really love the ribbon tweeter highs) but not as well as any of the level 3 (old or new) center or tower speakers.

It would also be possible to run one of their HTS1's which I was told will also have the same dome tweeter if you have the extra space and the extra money (twice the price compared to the level 2 center).

The HTS1 is probably the best that you could possibly do for a matching center channel but the level 2 center is probably more realistic.

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Thanks. Based on this and communication from HTD support, I opted for a Level 2 center, which is working out perfectly so far.
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Hey guys,


Just wanted to send a quick post. I have recently purchased the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 which I think sound pretty good. They are a half step above my older Energy speakers.


However, I have been wanting to compare the Elac's to the level 3's. So, I just purchased the L,C,R of the level 3's.


I'm hoping the front ports will help with my placement close to walls.


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Hey guys,


Just wanted to send a quick post. I have recently purchased the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 which I think sound pretty good. They are a half step above my older Energy speakers.


However, I have been wanting to compare the Elac's to the level 3's. So, I just purchased the L,C,R of the level 3's.


I'm hoping the front ports will help with my placement close to walls.


I send feed back once I have a listen.
sweet. I have the level 2 and 3 towers and really enjoy them both.

I'm curious about the comparison between the UB5 and Level 3 bookshelves.

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Surround Speakers : HTD Level 3 Towers/RBH R5Bi Front and Rear Heights
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I bought the level 3 bookshelf speakers about a month ago and I'm very happy with them. I'm coming from Orb Audio and the sound is way better.

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I bought the level 3 bookshelf speakers about a month ago and I'm very happy with them. I'm coming from Orb Audio and the sound is way better.

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Glad you enjoy them! What finish did you get?

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I got the black. Really nice finish. The only color my wife would allow.

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