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Looking for Bookshelves with BRIGHT HIGHS

post #1 of 7
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I'm unable to audition most speakers I would consider because I live on the east coast and most shops are in CA. I really like bright, ringy high frequencies in my speakers, so I'm looking for recommendations (subjective as they might be) for those who have had the benefit of hearing several leading brands.

Here is my current setup:

Polk Monitor 70's L&R
Polk CS-1 Center
2 Polk OWM-3 surrounds
Denon AVR 789
60% movies/40% music (SACD, multi-channel audio)

I am on the verge of buying a sub (Hsu VTF-1). One main reason I went with the Polks was because I knew I wouldn't have a sub, so I wanted some towers to give me enough bass to tide me over until I could afford a good one. I haven't really loved the highs of the Polks though (maybe it's the center channel speaker).

I have been looking at Ascend CBM-170's or Arx A1b, something in the "budeget" category. Can I expect to get to a boost in the highs and mids to rationalize selling my Polk towers and shelling out the cash for some really good bookshelves, or will this be negated by the addition of the sub?

Thanks for your thoughts!
post #2 of 7
The Paradigm Studios are the first "bright" speaker that I didn't find fatiguing. I have the Studio 60's and am happy with them. Take a look at the studio 10's or 20's.

A lot of people who like a brighter sound like the Klipsch reference series, however, I find them ear-shreddingly harsh (YMMV). The Polk RTi A3's are worth looking into if you like a brighter sound too. They sound very different from the monitors.
post #3 of 7
Look at the Polk RTi6, if you do not like it - then send it back.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290252

Also, maybe something like a Klipsch with a horn tweeter, may be for you.

This can all be subjective - however, check them out.
Edited by zieglj01 - 8/17/12 at 12:24pm
post #4 of 7
You probably want to consider speakers with horn tweeter, then, which are bright and very good for HT systems.
Klipsch, HSU, BIC Acoustech, etc...
post #5 of 7
I went from the Polk Monitor 70's to the HSU's. If brighter is what you want, you will not be happy with the HB1's. They are MUCH more toned down in the highs than the Polk's were. Took a little getting used to what seemed like a 'lack' of brightness, from what I was used to, but I knew they offered a much more 'neutral' sound. Very flat frequency response, actually. When I hooked the Polks back up, to demo them for sale (months later), they actually sounded too 'bright'. Harsh would be more fitting, but my prospective buyer loved 'em. Needless to say, I didn't demo the HSU's for him. smile.gif
post #6 of 7
can't you adjust sound with tone controls or an equalizer to get the level of volume you want out of the highs?
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Originally Posted by mystik610 View Post

The Paradigm Studios are the first "bright" speaker that I didn't find fatiguing. I have the Studio 60's and am happy with them. Take a look at the studio 10's or 20's.
A lot of people who like a brighter sound like the Klipsch reference series, however, I find them ear-shreddingly harsh (YMMV). The Polk RTi A3's are worth looking into if you like a brighter sound too. They sound very different from the monitors.

The studio line is fairly neutral...
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