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post #121 of 134
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Another setup I'm really considering if I can stretch my budget and cut costs on the AVR/Subwoofer is getting the Sierra 1 NrT along with the Horizon Center with Raal rather than the Sierra 1 Center. The front stage alone would put me at $2608. Throw in a pair of HTM-200's for surround duty at $299 and add a pair for rears at a later date.
I'm sure that the Power Sound Audio XS15 would do my room just fine for the time being at $749 vs. big brother XS30 at $1149. I've yet to call around and barter for lower prices on the Onkyo or Denon AVR. There is an Onkyo Tx-NR809 on sale for $560 right now but only has Audyssey Multeq XT. Throw in stands, speaker wire, plugs etc for +- $200.
+- $4500 before shipping. Add + $200ish to barge it up here from Seattle.
post #122 of 134
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

The decision is invariably yours...I know the Piano Black is a dust magnet...lol. I opted for the satin finish on my Towers for that reason but the PB and to a lesser extent HG really look elegant. I know the Towers come with a Satin bamboo finish you might inquire about....it looks really nice and allows the natural grain of the bamboo to come through..smile.gif

Good luck with whatever you decide Ascends or not?

Bill...smile.gif

I'd much prefer the Satin Black bamboo finish on the Sierra 1's to match the Horizon but there is not an option. I don't care for the natural finish so piano black was my only choice.
post #123 of 134
Mike...I suggest contacting the folks at Ascend on the availability of the PB for the Horizon to match the Sierra 1's....it might be a custom finish..not entirely sure? Just so you'll be clear the PB & HGB don't share the same luster...the PB is a hand rubbed finish and looks like a million bucks... I'm in the position right now of paying extra for a set of HTM200 in espresso to match my Towers...yeah...I'm anal...redface.gif

Not looking to make things difficult here...sorry....I'd give them a call because they(Dina or Dave) could answer a lot of your questions...regarding match up and/or finish options.

Take care...Bill...smile.gif
post #124 of 134
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Originally Posted by OGMikeT View Post

Another setup I'm really considering if I can stretch my budget and cut costs on the AVR/Subwoofer is getting the Sierra 1 NrT along with the Horizon Center with Raal rather than the Sierra 1 Center. The front stage alone would put me at $2608. Throw in a pair of HTM-200's for surround duty at $299 and add a pair for rears at a later date.
I'm sure that the Power Sound Audio XS15 would do my room just fine for the time being at $749 vs. big brother XS30 at $1149. I've yet to call around and barter for lower prices on the Onkyo or Denon AVR. There is an Onkyo Tx-NR809 on sale for $560 right now but only has Audyssey Multeq XT. Throw in stands, speaker wire, plugs etc for +- $200.
+- $4500 before shipping. Add + $200ish to barge it up here from Seattle.

As fine as the XS15 is purported to be on here, I would DEF think about getting the XS30. I learned the hard way (3 subs in 18 months) Dual Lava LSP12 to an Epik Empire to my current JTR Captivator. I should have listened to just about everyone on here and get the absolute biggest sub you can buy.
post #125 of 134
I tend to agree with ratm about perpetual upgrades when you go the cheaper route first, and the sub is something an aspect of my system where I need it to be stout. In comparison my blueray player and surrounds are quasi disproportionately low end in comparison to the rest of my system. However in this case 1 XS30 == 2 XS15 in output and extension, so I think he still has an upgrade path without the original "compromise" being throw away. Well sure 2 XS15s do cost a bit more. I say compromise but that's probably not the right word as the XS15 is a very capable sub in it own right. I think in the future OP could just throw more XS15's at it. Or if he knows how to integrate them properly he could even mix in an XS30.
post #126 of 134
Actually dstew100, according to Tom V from PSA he has told me that you almost need 3 XS15's to equal 1 XS30 in the 40hz and above range. When subs aren't located right next to each other in dual setups you only really gain 3.5-4db more and the XS30 holds a 7db advantage over the XS15. If the OP plans on adding a second sub down the road then IMO he's still better to go with a single XS30 and add another down the road.

But the XS15 is still a great sub and I'm sure it would be more then enough for most people.
post #127 of 134
I did not read through this whole thread, but I wanted to note that my parents recently bought the HSU bookshelf speakers and at low to medium volumes the highs sound weak to me. However, at higher volumes the speakers sound more balanced and sound very good to my ears. I guess it could be the receiver, placement, the room, my ears, etc., but I just wanted to share.
post #128 of 134
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Originally Posted by benfunk3rd View Post

I did not read through this whole thread, but I wanted to note that my parents recently bought the HSU bookshelf speakers and at low to medium volumes the highs sound weak to me. However, at higher volumes the speakers sound more balanced and sound very good to my ears. I guess it could be the receiver, placement, the room, my ears, etc., but I just wanted to share.

It could definitely be room correction, EQ, or DSP modes, but not the receiver itself.
post #129 of 134
How bout ascend acoustics sierra towers for front
Cbm 170s for side surround
200s for rear surround
two svs pb12nsd subs or even a pair of the subs ascend acoustics sell
And a 7.2 reciever of your choice.


Never heard it but I'd say its my dream realistic budget surround HT setup


I'm no expert just my. 2
post #130 of 134
And now that I read this thread I see your already kinda heading in that direction hahah
post #131 of 134
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Originally Posted by jbrown15 View Post

Actually dstew100, according to Tom V from PSA he has told me that you almost need 3 XS15's to equal 1 XS30 in the 40hz and above range. When subs aren't located right next to each other in dual setups you only really gain 3.5-4db more and the XS30 holds a 7db advantage over the XS15. If the OP plans on adding a second sub down the road then IMO he's still better to go with a single XS30 and add another down the road.

But the XS15 is still a great sub and I'm sure it would be more then enough for most people.

Thanks for the correction and getting the accurate info out there. I apologize if I caused confusion.

I have heard the XS-15 and it it very nice, especially at that price.
post #132 of 134
Thread Starter 
OP here,
Hit another speed bump on the price point with wife, but placed the order today. My first HT system will be

Onkyo Tx-NR818
Ascend 340 SE LCR -matching stands
Ascend 170 SE Surrounds
Power Sound Audio XS-30

I'll add rear surround channels in August hopefully!
It should be all here in about 2 weeks! Thank you all for the feed back and well thought out recommendations. It's certainly not my dream set up, but I'm really excited to put it all together!
post #133 of 134
That's going to be a really nice first HT system OGMike! You're going to love the XS30.
post #134 of 134
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Originally Posted by OGMikeT View Post

OP here,
Hit another speed bump on the price point with wife, but placed the order today. My first HT system will be

Onkyo Tx-NR818
Ascend 340 SE LCR -matching stands
Ascend 170 SE Surrounds
Power Sound Audio XS-30

I'll add rear surround channels in August hopefully!
It should be all here in about 2 weeks! Thank you all for the feed back and well thought out recommendations. It's certainly not my dream set up, but I'm really excited to put it all together!

So you decide on the Ascend/PSA in unison should make for a great HT system...the 818 is not to shabby either with XT32.

Good luck and post pics once you've set things up!
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