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Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 06:37 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
Thanks for editing your post. I have no problem...

Thanks for editing your post. I have no problem with the edit version, but someone like shadyJ or another Hsu user who is intimately familiar with these products can speak better than I on the...
Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 913
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That's a great price for the VTF-15H. With...

That's a great price for the VTF-15H. With shipping it would cost $872 ($888 for the VTF-3 Mk5 HP), so price-wise it's a push. And yes, under 25 Hz either the VTF-15H or Hsu's new flagship VTF-15H...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-31-2015, 02:58 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
You've got over 10,000 cu. ft. to fill. Not a...

You've got over 10,000 cu. ft. to fill. Not a good choice for a smaller sealed design. I'd go ported and get two of these: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3mk5HP.html for around $1700...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-31-2015, 01:56 PM
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Views: 40
Posted By dsrussell
You're main problem isn't a single Paradigm...

You're main problem isn't a single Paradigm subwoofer, it's your room volume. One sizes a subwoofer according to room volume.

Small room = up to 1,500 cu. ft.
Medium room = 1,500 to 3,000 cu....
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-31-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By dsrussell
No, you will have no problems with a down-firing...

No, you will have no problems with a down-firing subwoofer on carpeting (or any other surface).
Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 01:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 68
Posted By dsrussell
While 50 watts/channel certainly isn't...

While 50 watts/channel certainly isn't overwhelming, it should be able to drive sensitive speakers (such as Klipsch) rather well and to very loud volumes. But it gets a bit tricky. A 100 watt amp...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,635
Posted By dsrussell
The funny thing is, I went the exact opposite...

The funny thing is, I went the exact opposite route as you, Ray ;). Started my audio with high-end gear (when I couldn't really afford it): McIntosh separates, 901s then Magneplanars, esoteric dbx...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 09:42 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
Thanks for your input! Much appreciated.

Thanks for your input! Much appreciated.
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,635
Posted By dsrussell
darthray: Small world concerning your friend. ...

darthray: Small world concerning your friend. Belden is a good company. They make good cables. These large diameter cables for extended runs are all custom because of the specialized termination...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 144
Posted By dsrussell
^ That's smart. Plenty of people shop at...

^ That's smart. Plenty of people shop at accessories4less to get refurbished equipment. Just find the AVR that has the features you want and need, and don't worry about power ratings. You won't...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 668
Posted By dsrussell
^ Smart idea. You are doing yourself a big...

^ Smart idea. You are doing yourself a big service by testing a couple of speakers in your home. Let us know what you decide!
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 144
Posted By dsrussell
Yes, that's what I'm saying. But there is...

Yes, that's what I'm saying. But there is nothing wrong with you auditioning a few speakers just to sate your curiosity.

As far as an AVR is concerned, a $900 AVR is a huge waste of money, but...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 144
Posted By dsrussell
What don't you like about your current speakers? ...

What don't you like about your current speakers? If there is something that might be a deal breaker in their sound capability, then sure, go out and begin auditioning speakers. Just because your...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 216
Posted By dsrussell
Sealed designs will be smaller and many people...

Sealed designs will be smaller and many people buy sealed for their size. Sealed designs also have a chance to dig lower than ported designs due to cabin gain and because of a much more gentle...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 182
Posted By dsrussell
There will ALWAYS be better alternatives for the...

There will ALWAYS be better alternatives for the same or less money. No one can get away from that fact. We can only listen to a handful of speakers out of hundreds that are available. The key to...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 216
Posted By dsrussell
Whoa there, DaveyMac. You have heard the KEF's,...

Whoa there, DaveyMac. You have heard the KEF's, right? KEF makes really good quality speakers and have for a long time, but if you haven't auditioned the ones you are buying, confirm their return...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,635
Posted By dsrussell
Uh, not quite the same thing, Ray ;). I use...

Uh, not quite the same thing, Ray ;).

I use to help install cabling on defense systems at U.S. Air Force bases -- as well as bases in Canada and other countries for radar installations (including...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 02:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 182
Posted By dsrussell
I thought I was shedding some light ;). The...

I thought I was shedding some light ;).

The problem with your sub is that it is part of an HTIB 5.1 system. These subs are almost universally poor. But since you have a sub, just worry about the...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 182
Posted By dsrussell
Question 1. If you plan on adding a subwoofer...

Question 1. If you plan on adding a subwoofer (and I highly suggest you do when you have your own home), then bookshelf speakers are what you should be looking at. There are even bookshelf speakers...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 143
Posted By dsrussell
Personally, I'd spend the majority of my dollars...

Personally, I'd spend the majority of my dollars on the speakers, not the AVR. Your front stage speakers are your most important investment. Then comes the subwoofer, then comes the AVR. After...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4,443
Views: 189,447
Posted By dsrussell
Interesting, Elihawk. When I tested the R5Bi's,...

Interesting, Elihawk. When I tested the R5Bi's, I really had no intention of actually keeping them. I was simply curious because of a review from a reviewer I highly respect. I had every intention...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 186
Posted By dsrussell
As has been mentioned, the Denon X2100w has...

As has been mentioned, the Denon X2100w has plenty of power to drive most speakers, especially your Polks. If Polks specs are close to correct, it has an 8 Ohm average impedance and a sensitivity...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 376
Posted By dsrussell
Any audition is useful, even if it is to cross a...

Any audition is useful, even if it is to cross a speaker off your list. While audio stores may or may not be ideal acoustic-wise, one can still get a decent impression about a speaker. And if...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 608
Posted By dsrussell
No need. No one is trying to convince you of...

No need. No one is trying to convince you of anything. You had a bad experience (could have been a positioning problem, but might have been something else) and that is what you are basing the...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By dsrussell
You are going about it the correct way. Looking...

You are going about it the correct way. Looking for a good 2.1 system and then expanding when you are in your home and/or when your budget will allow it.

Tom's recommendations are very good ones,...
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