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Forum: Speakers   04-23-2017, 10:41 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
Sure, you could pick up the R5Bi's for your...

Sure, you could pick up the R5Bi's for your surround needs, or any other speaker that you wish. Timbre matching isn't critical for movies (in general), since they are an effects channel.
Forum: Speakers   04-11-2017, 08:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 946
Posted By dsrussell
I agree. I don't think the OP would find a more...

I agree. I don't think the OP would find a more impressive sound for that price point. Heck, I was very impressed with their 530 bookshelf speakers. Those towers are big speakers, however.
Forum: Speakers   04-08-2017, 03:59 PM
Replies: 45
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Posted By dsrussell
That’s a nice budget for a 2.0 or 2.1 system,...

That’s a nice budget for a 2.0 or 2.1 system, especially since you are providing the Marantz receiver. And the Warfedales mentioned are highly thought of and are on the warm side (which many prefer...
Forum: Speakers   04-07-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 26
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Posted By dsrussell
Congratulations on a fine system. I think this...

Congratulations on a fine system. I think this "simple" system will surprise you and your wife for both music and movies. Looking forward to your comments once everything is setup, integrated and...
Forum: Speakers   04-04-2017, 08:08 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
Looking forward to your thoughts, Transmaniacon.

Looking forward to your thoughts, Transmaniacon.
Forum: Speakers   04-04-2017, 12:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,075
Posted By dsrussell
I really don’t see “the bashing”. As I stated...

I really don’t see “the bashing”. As I stated earlier, I auditioned the 45, 55 and 65 on three separate occasions. If I didn’t like the sound, I wouldn’t have bothered with additional auditions. ...
Forum: Speakers   04-01-2017, 04:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,075
Posted By dsrussell
“Better”. A word that means nothing other than...

“Better”. A word that means nothing other than preference. Better for whom? You purchased the Def Tech SM-45 and really enjoy them, so you made the right choice for you. I made a different choice...
Forum: Speakers   03-30-2017, 12:49 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
Glad to see you are still posting in AVS. I've...

Glad to see you are still posting in AVS. I've enjoyed your reviews!
Forum: Speakers   03-27-2017, 10:29 PM
Replies: 4,892
Views: 527,726
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: 40
Views: 860
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: 40
Views: 860
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
Replies: 4,892
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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: 622
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: 719
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: 719
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: 890
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: 909
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: 214
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: 468
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: 1,427
Views: 52,578
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: 354
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: 210
Views: 4,980
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: 436
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: 3,966
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: 890
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...
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