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So I figured I'd update this thread now with a month of listening on these Level 2s
First off, let me say for the price the are impressive speakers, with that also being said, I have been speaker shopping, not because I feel these speakers are bad or do not sound good, but they are lacking a bit in their dynamics being only a 2 way driver. After hearing mutliple 2 way and 3 way speakers here localy, my ears are spoiled after listening to more expensive 3 way towers.
I would love to try the HTD Level 3 Towers, but regardless of the 30 day money back guarantee, im just not willing to spend 800 on speakers I have never had a chance to sample or here in comparison with others.
Now, an update with the bookshelf speakers. They have been worked pretty hard, I have put them through their paces listening to multiple types of music from skrillex to jazz, multiple movies at higher volume etc. These speakers really never seem to break a sweat or sound like they are having trouble keeping up. Details are clear and seem precise to me given their small size, and dialogue from the center is great. They seem seamless in their transitions from right to left across the front stage, the sound accurate but have a wide image, they fill up my entire room and they never seem to end nor the sound seem to stop in a particular place.
The amount of bass these speakers pump out when I first heard them was more than i was expecting but nothing to write home about, lets face it, their 5 1/2 inch bookshelf speakers. With that said, the other night I wanted to listen to just the speakers with no help, i really wanted to listen as I have been sampling other speakers, I turned off my sub and put on some music im quite familiar with, the speakers were now set to large in the receiver settings after turning the sub off, as I started to listen to the first song Layla from Eric Claptons Unplugged album, I found myself getting up just to make sure my sub was off, as when I listen to music I quiet down the sub a bit, I could have sworn the sub was on, after a good solid month of breaking in, the amount of bass these speakers throw out is impressive, its clean and tight, though it will struggle on really low frequencies a bit, and its not the type of speaker you want to listen to a dub step track with unless its helped by a sub. I would surely still reccomend a sub for these for home theater duty and music that depends a lot more on lower bass, but every acoustic track, jazz track I through at these, they sounded completely natural, they did not sturggle and the bass was amazing to me for the size. I honestly think I prefer the raw sound when listening to music from the speakers than I do if the sub is on.
I would still highly reccomend these for someone who does not want to spend the money on 500+ dollar speakers. I'm actually convinced these sound better than the B*W 685's I heard the other day as well as the equivalant KEF's that go for around ~600 pair, I am actually going to the local AVS store on monday night and bringing my HTD Level 2 bookshelves with me to have them hooked up side by side of these speakers and hear the differences. The local guru there had never heard of HTD before and said he'd love to check them out after I talked about them.
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