My trusty Paradigm Titans surround speakers started to audibly distord and after nearly 15 years of service, I decided it was time to replace them. I selected the HSU Research HB-1 Mk II as replacements because I wanted to increase the output as well as trying something different. Those have higher sensitivity and higher power handling. I reconfigured my power amps and I curently have a pair of Bryston 2B-LP driving them (200 watts per speaker). They take this much power without any hint of stress and I intend to double the available power with some upcoming new amp. These speakers comes with grill but I wasn't going to conceal the great aggressive look of the raw drivers! They just screams "play some AC/DC, LOUD, please" !!
While I was ordering those, I decided on a new center channel speaker to go along and naturally chose the HSU Research HC-1 Mk II, that are perfect matches. I cannot even begin to describe the enhancement that brought to my system. The lowly Paradigm CC-100 with it's 3/4 soft dome is no match for a horn loaded 1 inche aluminum dome.
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After a suggestion by my Superbowl attending friends to increase seating capacity, I got those nice bar stools, for a great price! They match the decor nicely. I'm still trying do come up with a plan for some shallow bar/high table to go along the stools.
I bought another curtain piece the same style as my other curtains and installed it in the doorway to the laundry/storage room. This cuts out light and sound from the outside, increase the sound absorption even more and do its primary role of concealing the room while allowing the cats to go.