Originally Posted by elkabong16
I know your mindset is two channel, but you're really missing out on sound quality without going 5.1. The imaging is like night and day. I have my Apple TV set up to link iTunes and even with the compressed audio format, it sounds amazing going through 5 channels - probably the best I've ever heard iTunes on any system. Plus, going through a 5.1 setup, it gives you many more audio format options when it comes to movies. Just a thought. Anyway, congratulations on this purchase. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Originally Posted by brshoemak
Hopefully you'll like them. I just recently picked up the AVR 1700 and a set of HKTS60s. The HKTS20 doesn't have the same number of drivers per speaker but the sound should be pretty comparable.
They have a bright sound which I've always been a fan of. The whole Harman family of Infinity, JBL, and Harman Kardon use CMMD tweeters in their home and car audio gear (which was in my wheelhouse when I was younger). The subwoofer is relatively tight, not sloppy like some subs I have dealt with - although nothing will ever beat the Infinity Perfect subs for sound quality (car audio gear).
The best advice I can give you is to test them with music/movies you know well and are good quality. Don't test it out using a 700MB Xvid rip of the Matrix or anything. Those speakers supposedly have a really long break-in period (200+ hours) and I'm already quite pleased with them as they are. Let us know how it goes.
Hey guys, I got the AVR 1700 + HKTS 20 system hooked up last night and I gotta say I'm so glad I listened to everyone on here and went with the HKTS 20 5.1 setup over the HKTS 200 2.1 that I originally ordered. In short, it sounds pretty incredible to my ears. So far it has exceeded my expectations and I'm very pleased with it. I watched Sunshine and Black Swan on Blu-ray and I lost count of how many times I got chills running down the back of my neck from the experience. It enhanced the films so much especially with Black Swan in heightening the tension throughout the film and the score just really came to life with them. I know there was one part where a character off screen throws a glass object that shatters against a wall and it literally sounded like something had been broken in my bedroom.
But yes I'm very, very pleased so far. Setup was pretty easy and I didn't end up mounting any of the speakers, I just put the back surrounds on my nightstands flanking each side of the bed and they look okay. EzSet EQ did all of the work for me as I just placed the mic on at stack of pillows at ear level in the center of the bed and it did all of the calibrations. I really like to how you can give custom names to all of the inputs on the AVR and they display on the screen above the whatever type of audio is playing (i.e. PS3 / DTS or APPLE TV / DOLBY DIGITAL). I also listened to songs in my iTunes library using the Logic 7 settings and it was pretty amazing too.
All in all, very pleased with everything. The only issues I've run into is getting everything to work smoothly with my Harmony remote. When doing activities the AVR turns on to the input that was last used and isn't switching to the input for the activity. I have to hit the help button on the remote and then it will change it to the correct input for the activity. However, after I've done an activity and switch to another one it works perfectly, only have issues when I first turn it on. Also, when I hit the off switch to turn everything off the AVR will stay on. I have to hit help and then it turns off. I think its just a matter of getting into the remote settings and putting a delay between commands so maybe it will give it time for the initial commands to process instead of interrupting them.
Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks again for all of the advice and help. I really appreciate everyone's feedback and plan to keep coming back frequently to learn more and check out other threads.