Originally Posted by dunan
I thought with all the glaring reviews the HB-1's got that they would eat the monitor 30's for lunch, but wouldnt expect them to take on the 70's head to head. i knew I'd be losing something, but wasn't sure what exactly.
What I ultimately want to do is replace the towers with something smaller - competent wall mounts if possible. I know i'm giving up a lot of cone area and probably thickness of voices/instruments but also on the fence because I have a 3 month old that may soon be knocking over those towers soon. And yes its partially a space saving move as the room I'm in is VERY unforgiving as far as what I can do with it placement wise.
I'm using an HSU VTF2MK3 sub, and to me the tweeters on the polks sound a little tinny to me, as well as the horror stories I hear about how if you even put a moderate amount of power into them they blow. And for sure, the polks do pretty good in the bass dept. If I wasn't using them for HT, I wouldnt need a sub.
The R50's I have as surrounds that i bought used had a blown tweeter but I didnt have a lot of time to audition them as I was in a rush at the time and the guy selling had the tower with the blown tweeter sitting farthest away so I couldnt hear it. I tried getting a hold of polk TWICE, got no response thru email and phone so I had to replace the tweeters with drivers from boston acoustics, which worked out really well btw. I paid more for the tweeters than both towers.
So, what I'm looking for is something cleaner with better sounding tweeters in either a wall mountable design or standmounts, but the aforementioned 3 month old may make the latter a little difficult to do.
Any suggestions will do really, I'm open to options, just not very expensive ones.
Slowasathreeleggedturtlestang did the same thing in terms of going from the floorstanders to the hsu's. He saved real estate and it does look cleaner. As you stated, I think a wall-mount or something similar would be the best bet. A stand mounted monitor is probably equally likely to get tipped over by a toddler. (Btw congrats on the little one!)
Imo the earlier hb1's left something to be desired, the mk2 has the improved horn and something with the tweeter. As easily as the polks won the shootout (all preferred the polks to the hsu's) I dont know how the mk2 would fare. Certainly better, but I dont think it will go from one spectrum to the other...
The other thing to keep in mind about horns is the imaging. A few have noted there is a tight sweet spot, the off-axis response isn't so great. I find most of the speakers I like do very well in this area, but that's personal preference.
Sorry to hear about the hassle with the tweeters, that's no good. That's a nice sub you have. Ho big is your listening area? Do you primarily listen to music or movies? I think a few options for you to consider would be the following:
1. Infinity Primus P163 - they are about $85 each and have gotten great reviews. Without a doubt, that's a strong contender for the best sounding pair of new speakers under $200. They are also front ported, so you won't have to worry about space behind the speaker.
2. Energy RC-10s - they are on sale for $300 and these speakers have had excellent reviews as well. I haven't heard them, but they are very popular and usually retail for around $550. As noted earlier my older energys sound great - they have a very smooth sound to them - no harshness but still have detail. I really like them. I think this is an excellent pair of speakers, and while sound is very subjective - I think it's the pair I'd recommend to most at the $300 mark.
3. Emotiva is running a great sale. They have their 6.2 monitors on sale for $200 each, and the ERD surrounds are on sale for $250 (for the pair). The surrounds have gotten great reviews, and at that price I'm tempted to pick up a pair just to try them!
4. Ascend makes a smaller sealed speaker known as the htm-200. They are smaller than the popular cbm-170 bookshelves. Dr. Hsu himself actually uses these are surround in his demo room. I will say, you're giving up a lot from floorstanders that can really rock going to these. However, they are MUCH smaller and you have a few mounting options.
Finally, I want to restate from an earlier post that the best way to find out what you like is listen, listen, and listen. You really get an idea of what you like and what you don't like. You start hearing (or maybe you dont) the differences and what tradeoffs you want to make. In the same listening area would be ideal, but sometimes time and resources make that tricky. I will say that after doing my mini comparisons I found many speakers that I liked and disliked. None of them were so bad I wouldn't listen to them, but on the other hand I found ones I really enjoyed listening to. Hope this helps!