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Forum: Speakers   03-27-2017, 10:29 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
While I’ve never auditioned the Horizon center...

While I’ve never auditioned the Horizon center channel, my son did and thought it was the most impressive speaker he heard at Ascend Acoustics (and he auditioned the Sierra 2’s and Sierra towers).
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Forum: Speakers   03-26-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 681
Posted By dsrussell
My son auditioned the Ascend Acoustics Horizon...

My son auditioned the Ascend Acoustics Horizon center channel (along with the Sierra 2 bookshelf speakers, the Sierra towers with ribbons, the CMT 340 SE mini tower & the the 340 center channel). ...
Forum: Speakers   03-23-2017, 07:43 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By dsrussell
You don’t need to spend $10k, but you do need to...

You don’t need to spend $10k, but you do need to spend some money on room acoustics. A very bright room will have a major effect on any speaker. If you don’t want to get into acoustical treatments...
Forum: Speakers   03-21-2017, 10:01 AM
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Posted By dsrussell
There are a lot of “audiophile” misconceptions...

There are a lot of “audiophile” misconceptions (as one reviewer pointed out, B.S.) that have been around for decades and never seems to go away. I have a 38 year-old McIntosh amp that drives my 3.6...
Forum: Speakers   03-21-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 614
Posted By dsrussell
I'm with Squirrel! Congratulations on your new...

I'm with Squirrel! Congratulations on your new HT setup!! I know you'll get many years of pure enjoyment.
Forum: Speakers   03-21-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By dsrussell
You have nothing to apologize for, mattlach. And...

You have nothing to apologize for, mattlach. And your question is as good or better than many that are posted here. At one time or another, we all had the same question. And there is no simple...
Forum: Speakers   03-19-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By dsrussell
This thread seems to be written for me :). I...

This thread seems to be written for me :). I went through the exact same questioning concerning these speakers, and what advantage, if any, the towers would have over the R5Bi bookshelf speakers. ...
Forum: Speakers   03-19-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 865
Posted By dsrussell
Honestly, I do not understand the attraction of a...

Honestly, I do not understand the attraction of a “dedicated” center channel, especially the in-line MTM configuration. I guess since they say center channel on it, it must be either superior or the...
Forum: Speakers   03-19-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 867
Posted By dsrussell
Personally, I never buy speakers on measurements...

Personally, I never buy speakers on measurements or reviews*, but I read as many as I can. I use those sources to place speakers that interest me on a shortlist for audition. I’ve travelled pretty...
Forum: Speakers   03-15-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 208
Posted By dsrussell
Unfortunately, you will not get great bass from a...

Unfortunately, you will not get great bass from a Def Tech sub. Their 18 Hz spec is fantasy and won't come close, meaning they are lucky to hit 30 Hz. They get by with this false advertisements...
Forum: Speakers   03-14-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 463
Posted By dsrussell
It’s always best if you can audition speakers...

It’s always best if you can audition speakers before buying. That is true at any price, but especially at your price point. Speaking of which, there is no way you need to spend $8k on speakers to...
Forum: Speakers   03-12-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 50,211
Posted By dsrussell
Yes, test tones will indeed show off differences...

Yes, test tones will indeed show off differences in sound. I did this when testing my speakers. But a few things happen when “watching” a movie. Your brain has no problem integrating the sound,...
Forum: Speakers   03-12-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 344
Posted By dsrussell
I recommend that you go back and audition again. ...

I recommend that you go back and audition again. Oh, not necessarily to have them power both speakers with the same amp, but mainly to get a second impression. I changed my mind when hearing...
Forum: Speakers   03-10-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 3,357
Posted By dsrussell
FrankHenryLee: As you have surmised by now,...

FrankHenryLee: As you have surmised by now, there is no easy answer to your question. Like Elihawk, I have a sound system for music only and a sound system for movies. I don’t have the luxury of a...
Forum: Speakers   03-04-2017, 03:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 429
Posted By dsrussell
Sorry to go astray here ... but ... but ......

Sorry to go astray here ... but ... but ... what?! Say it isn't so. I've always enjoyed Cel's comments, even when they didn't match my own views (which was very rare). I do hope he returns quickly...
Forum: Speakers   03-04-2017, 03:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,869
Posted By dsrussell
And just when I thought I’d never see this thread...

And just when I thought I’d never see this thread again … ;)

Okay, I’ll do my best to answer your questions honestly from one viewpoint (mine and only mine), and as an owner of these speakers.
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Forum: Speakers   02-28-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 865
Posted By dsrussell
Yes, I kind of guessed that what the reason the...

Yes, I kind of guessed that what the reason the R5Ci was discontinued :).

At 225 bucks/pair it’s hard to imagine what “improvements” you could make to the E5Bi/R5Bi speakers and keep it at the...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   02-27-2017, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By dsrussell
I’m always curious why people feel they need four...

I’m always curious why people feel they need four subwoofers out of the gate, without trying one first, then two. Multiple subs won’t get the sound to play any deeper, but it will give you more...
Forum: Speakers   02-27-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,895
Posted By dsrussell
There is no one-size fits all in audio (each room...

There is no one-size fits all in audio (each room is acoustically different), but a subwoofer has many advantages. Unlike speakers that must be in front of you and spaced to give the best...
Forum: Speakers   02-20-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,003
Posted By dsrussell
Yes, I use 4 small round pads (furniture pads)...

Yes, I use 4 small round pads (furniture pads) perhaps 2” in diameter and about 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick. They are the type that grip and not slide and keep the speaker above the glass shelf and...
Forum: Speakers   02-19-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By dsrussell
I think the Chanes are a very solid choice, plus...

I think the Chanes are a very solid choice, plus it doesn’t hurt that your wife likes their looks :). If you get the speakers before getting a throw rug(s), place some blankets on the floor. And...
Forum: Speakers   02-19-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 416
Posted By dsrussell
I consider the R5Bi’s to be an accurate,...

I consider the R5Bi’s to be an accurate, uncolored speaker … meaning they play whatever media you feed them pretty accurately. Ribbon tweeters are even more unforgiving. The RBH Impression towers...
Forum: Speakers   02-19-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By dsrussell
Tile? Oh, oh indeed. Echo chamber city. You...

Tile? Oh, oh indeed. Echo chamber city. You will need to go out and buy a large throw rug, otherwise you won’t get an idea of how any speaker is suppose to sound (they will all sound bad).

I...
Forum: Speakers   02-19-2017, 03:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By dsrussell
I highly suggest that you get a large area throw...

I highly suggest that you get a large area throw rug in order to tame some of the reflections from your hardwood floors. You also might want to look for a speaker that’s a bit on the warm side, such...
Forum: Speakers   02-16-2017, 04:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 558
Posted By dsrussell
Both gajCA’s and Zorba’s response were on the...

Both gajCA’s and Zorba’s response were on the mark (as usual). There are close to a dozen nice speakers (perhaps more) for not a lot of money. If you are not going to be using a subwoofer, then...
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