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Part of me feels like I should get the Level Three Bookshelf Speakers with the Center and then get a great sub... Any thoughts? I'll be using this for 90% HT and Gaming.

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Yellowjacket, Don't tell me that It'll make me want to get them! How do they sound compared to the three bookshelves?

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Law, that's what I did, but I got two sets of the bookshelves and a center for $842. I built my own sub a couple years ago... Couldn't be happier with the threes! I think you will love them.

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The level 3 towers had a larger soundstage, better imaging and of course better bass response. The bookshelf speakers sounded great but after hearing the towers it just felt like something was missing. For 2 channel it never made you feel like you had to have a center channel. I listened to the bookshelf speakers with the level 3 sub and it still felt like the soundstage collasped some. Sorry I wish it was different. You'll be happy with the bookshelf speakers if you never hear the towers.
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The ribbon tweet is very smooth. No sibilance and just draws you in. The Level 2s sounded more bright to me. It was my first experience with a ribbon tweeter and now I understand what the fuss is about. In my lowly opinion, which doesn't amount to squat, the Level 3 towers are the best buy for under $1500 you can find.
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I love my ribbon tweeters! Just spent two hours listening to all different kinds of music at high volumes and never felt fatigue... Something I couldnt do with the level twos. The music sounds so smooth and crystal clear. Love it! Yellow jacket someday I will own those towers mark my words! It might take 6 years of saving but I will get them!

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I hear you. Still working on saving for them myself. It would be much easier to save without kids. They take everything.
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I just keep going back and forth between the HTD Level Two and Elemental Designs A6.t Towers and A6.mtm center...Maybe I'll save a few more months and just get the Level Three Towers and Center...

I have been doing the same thing, but between the Level 3 towers, center, and level 3 bookshelf speaks for rears, and the A6.t towers front and back along with the A6 mtm center. I had some RS LX5's back in the day that had the Linaeum tweeter powered by a Rotel THX amp. Still miss the sound those little guys put out which is why I was checking out HTD.

After reading this thread, I'm leaning more towards the HTD Lvl 3 setup. Still have a couple weeks before I move into my new home to decide.

Anyone have pics of their HTD lvl 3 set up?
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I'd also love to see some pictures of people's HTD set-ups.

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What are the general thoughts of the Level 3 sub?
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I'd also love to see some pictures of people's HTD set-ups.

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I'm in the process of upgrading my random speaker 5.1 system from college. Use is probably 40% Music/ 60 Movies/TV/Video Games

Current setup is RCA towers from radio shack up front - Accurian center, some JBL rears. Nothign really special, the JBL's are probably the best speakers currently.

I'm currently trying out the Yahmaha V667 after which i'll try the Denon 891(?)...


Not knowing where to really start with speakers, I found HTD and their 30 day trial appealing and decided to try them out. I originally wanted towers but they do not pay for return shipping so I opted for the L3 bookshelfs

I got the Level 3 bookshelves last week and I'm very happy with them. I tend to like slightly brighter speakers ( i know this from my car-audio days ) and the ribbons impressed me....so much so that I've ordered a center to really try out the 3 together.

I'm using a BIC 1020 sub which is okay I guess - doesn't seem to do much for music but in movies it's more than enough for my townhome. I have noticed that i wouldn't mind a little fuller sound and a little more bass when it comes to listening to music ( mostly streamed to apple TV)

After reading reviews on the towers, I'm wondering if I should spring the extra 500 for the towers instead and keep my current JBL booksleves for th back; OR save some more and purchase the L3 towers in the future and move the bookshelfs to the back.... at the same time, at 1300 for 5 speakers ( at the top of my budget), I have no idea what else is out there and if I can find something better to my ears.

Are the towers power hungry?

Getting married in August 2011 so this probably my last big purchase for a while
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I'm all set to order the HD-W80 In-Walls (LR) and a Level Two Center. I'll match with a pair of HD-R65s for the rears.

For the moment, I'll run this system on either a Onkyo 508 or similar Yamaha..... I'm sure the exact AVR and room environment will have an effect on the speakers as well.

My concern is the Center Channel. Since most of the dialogue will be over the CC, has the Level Two been as satisfactory to all you owners on this thread as the reviews claim? I'm sure running the CC on an AVR with good THD rating will help me when the volume needs to be lower.

So far, HTD has spent a lot of time with me on the phone and I have learned a lot about speakers, not just HTD.

Excited to build the system using HTDs.
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I have been doing the same thing, but between the Level 3 towers, center, and level 3 bookshelf speaks for rears, and the A6.t towers front and back along with the A6 mtm center. I had some RS LX5's back in the day that had the Linaeum tweeter powered by a Rotel THX amp. Still miss the sound those little guys put out which is why I was checking out HTD.

After reading this thread, I'm leaning more towards the HTD Lvl 3 setup. Still have a couple weeks before I move into my new home to decide.

Anyone have pics of their HTD lvl 3 set up?

I'm using some RS LX-5's for my surround speakers for the dipolar tweeter it uses. I based my system choice for the fronts on trying to match up as much as possible. The BIC DV6CLR Venturi center speaker is working really well with the LX-5's for me.
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I'm using some RS LX-5's for my surround speakers for the dipolar tweeter it uses. I based my system choice for the fronts on trying to match up as much as possible. The BIC DV6CLR Venturi center speaker is working really well with the LX-5's for me.

Nice! I'm telling you man, I really miss those LX-5's even after coming from systems M&K, Martin Logan, Def Tech, Axiom, and Paradigm. Those speakers with the ROTEL THX amp pushing them had the clearest highs I'd ever heard, and to this day still haven't heard anything like it.

That said, I've finally decided I'll be going with BIC's PL89's for front and rears, and a PL 28 for center for my new setup. I know I'll try HTD's at some point (I never stay with the same speakers very long) but I'm very excited to try those BIC's.
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That said, I've finally decided I'll be going with BIC's PL89's for front and rears, and a PL 28 for center for my new setup. I know I'll try HTD's at some point (I never stay with the same speakers very long) but I'm very excited to try those BIC's.

Don't get like me - I change about every 4-6 months. The LX5 is
a good speaker however, I liked the tweeter better than the woofer.

Still on Ebay
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Don't get like me - I change about every 4-6 months. The LX5 is
a good speaker however, I liked the tweeter better than the woofer.

Still on Ebay
http://electronics.shop.ebay.com/?_f...ers&_sacat=293

Do you remember this one?
http://support.radioshack.com/suppor...oc63/63329.pdf
Yeah, I check ebay every now and then, but speakers are usually trashed or they want too much. Wish I had never given them up man. Still, I'm excited to try out the BIC's, and eventually, HTD's Level 3's.
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Well, I decided to return the HTD Level 3 bookshelfs and ordered a pair of the Level 3 towers. Looking forward to Thursday!
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Well, I decided to return the HTD Level 3 bookshelfs and ordered a pair of the Level 3 towers. Looking forward to Thursday!

Very jealous... Let us know your thoughts and post pics!

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I have owned their speakers however, not the latest version of
the Level Three bookshelves - with their third work on the ribbon
tweeter - they will arrive today. I am going to put them through
some serious sound testing.

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On the website they describe the ribbon tweeter as having intentional "limited vertical dispersion". Has anyone noticed if it doesn't sound very good when you are standing up? Also has anyone tried mixing their front ribbon tweeters with rear speakers with standard dome tweeters? Does it "blend" ok?

Regarding the Level 3 sub, it is attractive to me given the separate amp and only having to run speaker wire to it but has anyone compared this with the more "well known" subs around here like SVS, HSU, etc.? Thanks.
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I have owned their speakers however, not the latest version of
the Level Three bookshelves - with their third work on the ribbon
tweeter - they will arrive today. I am going to put them through
some serious sound testing.

Looking forward to your review, since I am considering the towers and center for a front 3.
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Looking forward to your review, since I am considering the towers and center for a front 3.

I am still trying to break the Level Three bookshelf down - I will
tell you that they like power. If you like the forward and sort of
aggressive sound of Klipsch, and some Polks - then don't buy the
Level Three. If you listen to a lot of compressed music - then do
not buy them. These take on, the sort of polite nature of the
Paradigm Monitor series (the earlier versions), with a tighter and
more focused bass - and a more open mid-range. They also remind
me of the Optimus/RCA (RadioShack), dipole/monopole speakers.
However, these sound more alive with better definition. And they
throw a wide and central sound-stage. If you like good bass - then
you will like these. When played above low levels - I like them better
than the Infinity Primus. I know that I am a fan of the Pioneer's -
however at this time, I give the edge to these. I have not listened
to the Ascend 170's - maybe some day!
On a side note for the one or two who are interested, the cabinet
is cross-braced and has a 3rd order network with 10 parts to the
cross-over and the usual poly stuffing - I am not a fan of the poly,
yet it still works.

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On the website they describe the ribbon tweeter as having intentional "limited vertical dispersion". Has anyone noticed if it doesn't sound very good when you are standing up? Also has anyone tried mixing their front ribbon tweeters with rear speakers with standard dome tweeters? Does it "blend" ok?

Regarding the Level 3 sub, it is attractive to me given the separate amp and only having to run speaker wire to it but has anyone compared this with the more "well known" subs around here like SVS, HSU, etc.? Thanks.

I am about the place an order, but I am stuck on what to do with the sub......... I need a front firing woofer to go in my cabinet. I will use the 80 in-wall and Level Two Center Channel with 65 in-celings in the rears.... A Pioneer Elite 32 will be the AVR.

I love clear bass.

It's funny, but most of the sound will be TV, Theatre, etc. So a big Sub makes sense, but I really like clear bass when listening to music. Is this a muddy bass unit that is not suitable to music?
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I love clear bass.

It's funny, but most of the sound will be TV, Theatre, etc. So a big Sub makes sense, but I really like clear bass when listening to music. Is this a muddy bass unit that is not suitable to music?

I can not speak for their subs - What is the size of your room
and what is your budget. The sub will need to be sealed or
front ported.

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here are some quick shots of my level three setup.. I have level 2s for back surrounds
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Interesting speaker stands that you have - do the rear speakers swing
back and forth?

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I used to work at a sawmill, so i just cut up some house logs and painted them. The back speakers dont swing but they arent solid...thaey move if you touch them. Maybe when i get rich ill spend more money on new speaker stands and new theater couches, but for now its good enough! Everyone who has watched a movie at my house says its way better than the local theater... It helps having two subs, an 18 and a 15.

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I used to work at a sawmill, so i just cut up some house logs and painted them. The back speakers dont swing but they arent solid...thaey move if you touch them. Maybe when i get rich ill spend more money on new speaker stands and new theater couches, but for now its good enough! Everyone who has watched a movie at my house says its way better than the local theater... It helps having two subs, an 18 and a 15.

All that matters, is that you are enjoying your system. A lot of sound
systems in theaters, is too bright.

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here are some quick shots of my level three setup.. I have level 2s for back surrounds
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You see! I make up my mind, see something like this, and you pull me back in! Cool set up!
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