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post #31 of 40
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I do not like the horn on the Klipsch RF82's. from what I have read the horns on the HSU's are much less bright.
They are. I don't find the HB-1s bright at all. After hearing my vtf3, my father bought a hsu 5.1 pkg with a vtf3. I liked the HB-1s so much I bought a pair myself. The satin black is a nice finish on my sub, but the rosenut on my HB-1s is nicer if you can swing it.

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post #32 of 40

I have a 3.1 setup including 2 hb1 mk2's, the hc1 mk2 center and a polk psw110 sub.  This is powered by a cheap amp..yamaha rxv375, but to me, sounds surprisingly good.  I believe the sub is the weakest link in the system, and am considering the hsu vtf3 mk4 sub as my next upgrade.  I have to say again, the sound is shockingly good with my current setup, even with bass heavy electronica music.  Any opinions out there as to how big of a sound quality difference I am likely to get by upgrading to the HSU sub?

     I found that the HSU's do not sound bright or harsh at all to me.  In fact,  I found that I had to increase the higher frequency with the eq to get a sound that was nice and clear to me.

post #33 of 40
I'm debating getting these. Currently I have a 7 channel Atlantic Tech 2200 system, which i got for a steal (used) at about $50 a speaker. I love that system but since I upgraded to a Denon receiver, the AVR-X4000, I'm feeling that they're a bit bright and I've never been impressed by their midbass, or lack thereof, or their soundstage. It sounds like these HSUs could really fit the ticket but I'm wondering if they'd be a significant improvement over my current system. Anybody have any experience with both systems... or at least both brands?
post #34 of 40
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I'm the OP who started this thread and thought I'd check in. My MK2 STF-1 combo is still going strong. If anything I'm more impressed with them now than I was when I got them.

@ javanpohl: They will blow your mind at how smooth they are and how well the deep bass blends with the mid bass. I couldn't be happier. They rival the Kefs in my Living Room that cost orders of magnitude more. It was a great buy. cool.gif
post #35 of 40
Could you describe how they sound? I want a speaker that's Clear, accurate. And detailed, but not in your face and shrill, but still clear and detailed. Are these that speaker? At this price range?
post #36 of 40
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Could you describe how they sound? I want a speaker that's Clear, accurate. And detailed, but not in your face and shrill, but still clear and detailed. Are these that speaker? At this price range?

Yes In this price range these are the Speakers. Abosolutely. I can't stand bright sounding speakers and I am a true fan of detailed (non muddy) Bass. As I said, these rival my Kefs (also smooth yet detailed) which cost many times more. smile.gif
post #37 of 40
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Yes In this price range these are the Speakers. Abosolutely. I can't stand bright sounding speakers and I am a true fan of detailed (non muddy) Bass. As I said, these rival my Kefs (also smooth yet detailed) which cost many times more. smile.gif

+1 same with my MAs
post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by megaetk15 View Post

Could you describe how they sound? I want a speaker that's Clear, accurate. And detailed, but not in your face and shrill, but still clear and detailed. Are these that speaker? At this price range?

I love my HB-1MK2s. I've been planning to write a review to share but haven't had the time. At their price, I think they are hard to beat for home theater use and great for watching sports/playing games. Their dynamics and soundstage are great. They are flat sounding and accurate to me. Poor recordings will get noticed.

I think if it is mostly music you want, maybe Ascends or Empteks E5Bi be a slightly better choice. Emphasis in slightly. However, for movies, the HSU gives you a pretty good experience (and I listened to them well below reference).
post #39 of 40
I love my HB-1s that I just got plus the HC center channel plus my awesome Hsu sub. (I have listened to so many great low cost systems from atlantic and aperion to zetas,but I think this is the best.) My question is what wall mountable rears or in wall is a good timbre match for them. The HB-1 looks too gawky to put on the walls in what is my home theater/living room. I have the axion rear channels which are a good match for the axion front and center that I replaced with the Hsu speakers and it blends in on the side walls nicely but it sounds very different from the Hsu speakers. I know I am talking about the ambient effects channel but the newer surround formats send more than sound effects to the rears and I have a feeling that I can do better than the Axions. Any ideas.
post #40 of 40
The Klipsch Dipole speakers wouldn't stick out much and probably wouldn't sound bad. Problem is, they are a bit expensive. If it isn't an eyesore, there is also these highly regarded JBL 8320's, which are actually THX certified. Those are the least expensive THX speakers that exists.
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