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I have to give Fluance Speakers a major Thumbs up!

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I am not an "Expert", and I don't have any measuring devises to measure speaker performance etc. I'm writing this because a few months ago i sold my set of Fluance Home Theater Speakers that I owned for around 6 years in order to "upgrade" My system. Well after trying various Polk Audios, and older set of Phase technology speakers and a set of Definitive Technology speakers, I must say that The Fluance "Budget" speakers i had are actually way way better than i ever imagined. I have now sold my last set of speakers which were the Phase technolgys and I am going to buy a new set of Fluance Speakers. I've read on many different forums that Fluance are "Junk" "Below average" etc etc. I just want to give this company some credit for making a great product at a great Price! Has anyone on here tried them or know anyone that has? I'm not talking about their little real cheap setup that cost about $200 for the whole set. I'm talking about some of their seperate speakers that they sell like the SV 10's etc. I have a set of the ES-1's on the way along with the matching center channel.
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Glad you like 'em! Let us know how your new setup perform. They sure look sleek!
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Trust your ears! If you like em, thats all that matters. Enjoy your new setup!
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Interesting. Though I don't expect much accuracy from a complete setup that cheap if they work well with HT, then I'll put them in my checkout list.
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Well, like any speaker manufacture...it matters what model/system you have. I have heard the Fluance AV-HTB and while their aren't terrible, they don't produce much clear base and really lack at the high end...for the money, pretty darn good. Overall, well, they won't make you forget most "non HTiB" speakers.
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yes, I'm not talking about the little budget setup that they sell although for the money it isn't bad. I owned the SM 938's which they don't sell anymore along with the larger center that they sell (forgot the model number) and 4 of the Fluance AVBP2 Bipolar Surround Sound Satellite Speakers. i actually kept the 4 surrounds, and while I had them i also had some similar looking Definitive technology Bipolar surrounds. i swapped them out a couple times and i couldn't tell any difference between them so i stuck with the Fluance surrounds. I'm hoping that these ES-1's sound as good as they look! Ofcourse I'm running a powered Sub with the system as well. i will post a pic once I get it set up.
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This is a pic of the system with The Phase techs i had. I know they are very close together, but thats the way the room is.
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I believe it was CNET a few years ago that said Fluance were great speakers for the money.
post #10 of 126
I still have my original AV-HTB and a additional Fluance tower for center channel being used in the main family area setup that we use just about everyday.I have since graduated to wanting more for my theater/music room and felt after demoing several other speaker models(Lots of Fun) in my room and the increase in better amplification and processing equipment that I needed more. Its no slight against them as most HTIB users may like the upgrade to some of fluances speakers and I believe they have a new set out now in cherry but I have not heard any reviews.

Its about what sounds good to you and as we all know its subject to change thus the fun in this hobby!!!!
post #11 of 126
Have you compared Fluance to the Arx A3? For a bit more you're getting superior drivers in the A3
post #12 of 126
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No, I'm not familiar with ArX. I will do a search on them. Thx!
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I just did a search on them and read the great reviews. I'm not thrilled with the look of them though. I'm hoping to have my Fluance ES-1's within a week. I'll post some pics and give my impression of them.
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Yea the Arx is the forget all focus on sound quality kind of product.
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I was looking at the ES1's for a while. Love the design of them. Congrats.
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Do you know what kind of return policy Fluance offers? I looked at them a couple years ago, but you couldn't hear them locally and the shipping was outrageous.
post #17 of 126
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Shipping is free when purchasing. they have a 30 day gaurantee, but you do have to pay for return shipping. It's not to canada anymore though, it's to new York. Also, it turns out i won't be getting the ES-1's yet. I was going to order them Monday, but i came across a pair of paradigm monitor 11 V4 and a CC 370 center channel in near mint condition for $600 on Craigslist. I've always liked paradigm, so i'm going to give these a whirl first! I am very curious about the ES-1's still though, so i'm sure i will try them in the near future. I loved my Fluance speakers before!
post #18 of 126
I think you'll be thrilled with the Paradigms. Something tells me you won't be purchasing ES-1's after-all. Just call it a hunch
post #19 of 126
It was about two years ago when I was considering Fluance speakers and the speaker set I was consider was going to cost almost 100 dollars to ship to Iowa (on about a 300 dollar speaker set).
post #20 of 126
Glad to see some love for Fluance, I just upgraded from the AVHTB+ (with the upgraded center channel, which is a must for this system) to the new Fluance XL7F, which are about a foot taller then the towers.

The AVHTB+ is a great system, especially for the price, you can say the same for the XL7F, they are phenomenal. They are great speakers in their own right, not just great "for the money" Although I got them at $300 on a promo sale.


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Originally Posted by wkingincharge View Post

I believe they have a new set out now in cherry but I have not heard any reviews.

Yeah, those are the ones I have, they are damn good, silk domed tweeter 2 6 inch drivers for midrange and a downfiring 8 inch sub in each, they cover everything. They are 4ohm so you d need a good amp for them
post #21 of 126
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@ AuralXTC yep, I've had experience with Paradigm before, and I loved them, however, i must say that the Fluance i ownded afterwards were Dang great sounding speakers and not just for the price. I owned a pair of monitor 7's before, so I'm curious to see how these Monitor 11's sound! As for the above post, I am very curious to hear the new speakers from Fluance with the down firing 8" woofers. How do you like them so far???
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@ AuralXTC yep, I've had experience with Paradigm before, and I loved them, however, i must say that the Fluance i ownded afterwards were Dang great sounding speakers and not just for the price. I owned a pair of monitor 7's before, so I'm curious to see how these Monitor 11's sound! As for the above post, I am very curious to hear the new speakers from Fluance with the down firing 8" woofers. How do you like them so far???

They are epic, they are much better than the towers in the AVHTB+ sound quality is very good, so is the soundstage and the instrument separation is brilliant, different instruments seem defined from each other. The bass output I think is just right, I had the AVHTB with a sub and the bass seems equally there. I have been constrained so far because of my amp which is hugely underpowered, looking at the HK 3490 which has 150 watts per channel at 4 ohms or an older top of the line receiver from a decade ago. I think these would be a better buy than the ES1's, but they are pretty big, about a foot taller and 3 inches deeper than the AVHTB
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The reason I want to try the ES-1's is because I love their appearance, and they have a matching center channel.
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The reason I want to try the ES-1's is because I love their appearance, and they have a matching center channel.

They do look nice, I emailed fluance with questions before I bought the XL7F, they said they were coming out with a center channel and surrounds for them within a couple of months. If you do buy the ES-1's let us know how they sound.
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I have had the es1's for about 5 years and think they are great. They are now my surrounds as i have kipsch rf82ii's as my mains.
post #26 of 126
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Doc, So you liked the ES-1's as your main speakers? Could they handle high volumes?
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Newb checking in. I like the prices of those. Researching right now, but just wanted to pop in and thank you for posting.
post #28 of 126
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Fluance is a great company to deal with. Also, keep an eye out on ebay because sometimes they put their speakers up for bids and you can save money. The bipolar surrounds are the best deal on the net. I personally would recommened you getting something other than the cheaper all in one setup they have. Don't get me wrong. It's a great sounding little setup for the price, but some of their various towers that have matching centers and surrounds are much better.
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Originally Posted by smfins View Post

Fluance is a great company to deal with. Also, keep an eye out on ebay because sometimes they put their speakers up for bids and you can save money. The bipolar surrounds are the best deal on the net. I personally would recommened you getting something other than the cheaper all in one setup they have. Don't get me wrong. It's a great sounding little setup for the price, but some of their various towers that have matching centers and surrounds are much better.

Agree with this, if you get the towers I'd say spring for either the ES-1's, XL7F or the SV10's. They also often have promo deals.
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Doc, So you liked the ES-1's as your main speakers? Could they handle high volumes?

Yes i thought they sounded great. Of course they arent as loud as the Rf82's.
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