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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Okay, so I thought I was pretty sold on getting HTD's I've heard a lot of good stuff about them but now im second guessing myself, I do here some good things about polk as well.

I currently have the Polk CS2 Center, and rather than get rid of that and replace it with the HTD if I get them.. I'm wondering if I should just stick with polk and get the Monitor 60/70's....

Can anyone comment? I know a lot of it is personal preference, but would like maybe some peace of mind.
post #2 of 15
I've got the Monitor 70's with a klipsch RW-12D, and they sound great, but I will be replacing them with HTD all around when I buy my new house. If you are not picky about your sound and want to save some money, then I would suggest to go with the Polks. If you want better sound over all, and you don't mind paying more for better speakers then I would suggest HTD.
post #3 of 15
You can hear good things on just about any speaker, even Bose.
However for me - HTD is the way to go.

Some B-stock here
http://www.htd.com/Products/B-Stock
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
What about the cambridge, I saw the thread you started about them, noticed they have floor standing speakers as well. Would you take those even over the HTD setup?


Also for what its worth, I'll be about 8-9 feet back from the fronts
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

What about the cambridge, I saw the thread you started about them, noticed they have floor standing speakers as well. Would you take those even over the HTD setup?
Also for what its worth, I'll be about 8-9 feet back from the fronts

Yes, overall I do prefer the Cambridge over the HTD speakers.
However if the set-up will be mainly Home Theater, and no real
music listening, then I would prefer the Level Three towers and
center, over the Cambridge.

What is your budget, and how big is your room?
Edited by zieglj01 - 11/30/12 at 3:05pm
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
The listening/viewing area is about 8x10, the whole room is around 12x20. There is no open space behind the seating area, all the extra open space is off to the right where mine and my wifes desks are, so we sit short way of the room rather than long. This room is a terrible layout for a media room. The best layout would be sitting long ways with the extra space possibly behind us but in terms of TV/Speaker layout, unfortunately the room/window layout makes it impossible to mount a TV/Speakers.

I am hardly an Audiophile, while I can tell a difference between my friends 600 dollar klipsh towers hooked up to a 400 dollar dennon reciever and these $12,000 B&W's hooked up to McINtosh equipment at my local Audio/Video store I just got to hear blasted the other night, with digital media the difference hardly makes me think WOW I HAVE TO HAVE THESE, now with something like records and lossless audio I will agree there is a substantial difference even to my untrained ears, but again it hardly makes me feel like I need the best speakers I can buy. If I was a big music listener I'd probably have a different tune.

I want speakers that are crisp and sound good at moderate levels. Something that is distinguishable, allows me to enjoy some music and really able to hear all the dialogue in a movie clearly and not get all muffled in loud action movies.

I'd like to keep my budget around $1000 (Thats for fronts/rears and Center), I could go higher if I waited a bit or pieced together something over time which even now I'm willing to do, but not being an audiophile, I feel given a lot of remarks I've heard on this forum, I can really find something that will do what I want for that price range, I'm just having a super hard time figuring out which brand to go with. Most of these speakers are not available locally for me to hear, and not all companies have a 30 day guarantee. Sound is personal preference and I know that, but if I can get a few people telling me something is good then well I'd be okay with that.

I'm also having trouble deciding between Floorstanding towers and bookshelves. I'd prefer Towers just for simplicity sake, I hear some say if you can bookshelves are better for whatever reason. I see something like HTD level 3's bookshelves being substantially cheaper than the floorstanding models and I would be willing to get those but then im wondering if they will be enough, and how much of a PITA it will be to mount them.

I'm a mess right now.. this stuff keeps my quite interested but it stresses me out not knowing what to do. If these were decesions about video related gear id be fine, I understand that quite a bit, but with audio I'm at a loss..



I seriously appreciate your help and responding to my thread smile.gif
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Part of me wants to say screw it and pull the trigger on some B-Stock level 3 bookshelves right now but I just don't know.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

I'm also having trouble deciding between Floorstanding towers and bookshelves. I'd prefer Towers just for simplicity sake, I hear some say if you can bookshelves are better for whatever reason. I see something like HTD level 3's bookshelves being substantially cheaper than the floorstanding models and I would be willing to get those but then im wondering if they will be enough, and how much of a PITA it will be to mount them.
I'm a mess right now.. this stuff keeps my quite interested but it stresses me out not knowing what to do. If these were decesions about video related gear id be fine, I understand that quite a bit, but with audio I'm at a loss..
I seriously appreciate your help and responding to my thread smile.gif

Since you sit close, the front ported Level Three bookshelf is a good option to start with,
and the Level Three center - while I prefer the Cambride for music. >> The LevelThree
is still nice and decent - and easily my choice over Polk. >> Being front-ported, it is more
friendly for wall-mounting over Cambridge.

You can use these PinPoint Mounts
http://www.performanceaudio.com/buy/Pinpoint_Mounts/AM40/25538

HTD also has mounts made for the Level Three.
http://www.htd.com/Products/Wall-Mount-Speaker-Brackets/BR1-Heavy-Duty-Brackets

Test the Level Three, if you do not like them - then send them back. For the most part,
HTD will pay return shipping.

Do you own a subwoofer?

If you decide to use towers, then Cambridge is my preference over the Level Twos.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Do you think the level 2 bookshelves would be sufficient. I litterally just took one of my daughters colored pencil and a tape measure and completely measured out what my new TV will sit on the wall, stud Locations for mouting these speakers and how far they will sit out. Without putting the speakers another 16" out to the next nearest stud, I will seriously be pushing it in how close they will be to the TV.. Like it will just fit and they will end up sitting out quite far.. The level 2's would certainly accommodate a little better but I don't want to short change myself.

Yes I do have a powered sub, while not the best it works quite well when I had cheap sattelites with virtually no base.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

Do you think the level 2 bookshelves would be sufficient. I litterally just took one of my daughters colored pencil and a tape measure and completely measured out what my new TV will sit on the wall, stud Locations for mouting these speakers and how far they will sit out. Without putting the speakers another 16" out to the next nearest stud, I will seriously be pushing it in how close they will be to the TV.. Like it will just fit and they will end up sitting out quite far.. The level 2's would certainly accommodate a little better but I don't want to short change myself.
Yes I do have a powered sub, while not the best it works quite well when I had cheap sattelites with virtually no base.

The Level Two is a nice option with the Level Two center, that will still leave you money
to upgrade your subwoofer.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Just went for it.. Ordered some Level 2 bookshelf speakers.. Also found some decent stands online that look pretty much like the ones HTD sells at quite a bit less.. I don't think it will be possible to wall mount them without having it look absolutely ridiculous.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

Just went for it.. Ordered some Level 2 bookshelf speakers.. Also found some decent stands online that look pretty much like the ones HTD sells at quite a bit less.. I don't think it will be possible to wall mount them without having it look absolutely ridiculous.

Good Luck!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

Just went for it.. Ordered some Level 2 bookshelf speakers.. Also found some decent stands online that look pretty much like the ones HTD sells at quite a bit less.. I don't think it will be possible to wall mount them without having it look absolutely ridiculous.

Enjoy. I've heard the HTD Level 3 towers, center and bookshelf. My friend has a 5.1 system, and it sounds awesome. I would say more detail and clear than my Monitor 70's.
post #14 of 15
I have the level 3's and would higly recommend them.
post #15 of 15
Too bad you missed out on the EMP BF deal....eek.gif
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