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post #31 of 408
HTD Level III owner for four years, LRC bookshelves, Sub and four 8" in ceiling.. Service is first class. Quick emeail responses and everything shipped as promised. I wish they had more sub selection.

Looking at their new sub to add for a dual setup.
post #32 of 408
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Originally Posted by Shaggie13 View Post

Any other owner's of level 2 or 3, htd speakers that would like to give a review? It is quite hard to find reviews of these speakers around the web.

Thanks

As the name says former artillery guy but i love movies and the WHO, so these speakers work for me, good quality product.
post #33 of 408
How could I miss this wonderful thread!!!

I too am owner of L2 bookshelfs and L2 center.

My sub I 'was' running is the Cadence CSX15 (sold it)

Right now we're in stages of moving, but we had family over for New Years. I brought my L2 bookshelf along w/ my Onkyo receiver down to the living room to play some jams / tunes at very high levels. The little L2's imho didn't need any help from a sub.

Our living room is 22' high open to our kitchen and that is about 46' x 35' and these speakers were awesome. Guest & friends were amazed on how these little speakers put out the sound it did along w/ bass. I too could not believe it!

As I said, I love my HTD. I did own Maggies, Polk, Onix and Yamaha's. My only happily other speakers I owned were my Rockets, but for price match, I really don't think you can beat out the L2's for it price. Once we move and settle, I do plan to get a pair of L2 towers to add to make in more fun

L2's books and center chillin and ready for the big explosions(sorry for the mess)!

post #34 of 408
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why didn't you choose the htd sub?
post #35 of 408
I like the level 3 Sub.
post #36 of 408
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Originally Posted by SkullPhyre View Post

I like the level 3 Sub.

glad to hear it, just few questions. How are you running it, meaning what settings on the Sub and what settings on your reciever, also what size room?
post #37 of 408
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Originally Posted by artyusmce View Post

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why didn't you choose the htd sub?



@ the time, I want BIG woofer and BIG sound. I am sure the L2 is good, but it is only a 10" and I had a 15",

I owned a 10" DCM and 12" Vrp1200, they were both nice, but I knew I wanted rumble. The Cadence did that, but since I will be moving into smaller place that sub was overkill, plus I got an offer on the 15" that I could not refuse

I am looking @ a new sub,,,, but I am keeping hush about it till I get the funds for it.
post #38 of 408
I can see that this thread doesn't get a lot of traffic, but I have a pair of the old (non-ribbon) Level Three bookshelf speakers that I bought six years back. I ended up getting a center sometime later, but kept the no-name bookshelves I had, which I trashed in a later move.

Ever since, I have just used the pair of bookshelf speakers and kept the center in the closet. If anyone has a pair of Middies, Level II's, or Level III's they want to get rid of in the future, e-mail me at mclifton@ufl.edu and I may purchase them from you.
post #39 of 408
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Originally Posted by artyusmce View Post

glad to hear it, just few questions. How are you running it, meaning what settings on the Sub and what settings on your reciever, also what size room?

I will get that for you sorry not at home right now. I have not gotten a e-mail so i did not know there was a reply to this thread.
post #40 of 408
I blew a level 3 front woofer today, its 6.5" doped paper cone. Anyone recommend a site to replace that cone...I am not in a position to buy a set of fronts. I emailed HTD to see what they can do but its the old level 3's, purchased in 2001.

Bummer ..I am dead in the water
post #41 of 408
OK they emailed me 1st thing this morning and they sell a replacement thank God. $65 + 7 S&H.

For a 2001 speaker that I religiously work out... first problem I have ever had with their products and will buy from them again. Great customer service.
post #42 of 408
Installed the new speaker today, works great. They really packaged it well which is good since the UPS system had a few good holes and tears in the outer box.

All is well again
post #43 of 408
My 5.1 consists of:

L2 Center
HDW-65 Front L & R - In-Wall
HDR-65 Rear L & R - In-Ceiling
L2 Sub

Owner since 2005. They are great and Ditto about the great Customer Service reviews above.

I've also used their Whole House audio product and multi channel amps. Great stuff for the price. I am in the process of installing another whole house system using their mid-range level setup.
post #44 of 408
I've owned three middies for three years now as the main and center speakers for our main tv. We are repainting the room, so I'm taking the opportunity to install a set of their in-wall speakers as surrounds.

I am not an audiophile, but I've had no issues whatsoever with the Middies. The sales staff actually suggested the lower-priced Multi-Purpose speakers over the High Definition ones for my in-wall surrounds. They have always been a helpful company with quick service. Plus, I'm only a few hours away, so I get my order the next day.
post #45 of 408
Anybody have any experiences with the MP-R65 in Ceiling Speakers??

Thanks

Jason
post #46 of 408
Anybody have anything to say about these speakers????

Jason
post #47 of 408
Just a few thoughts on Home Theater Direct speakers: I recently purchased a set of Level 2 speakers from HTD. I got a center channel speaker, and two sets of the bookshelf speakers to complete my surround system. I'm using a HSU sub with them. They are replacing Polk speakers, which I have used for many years. I do not hear any major differences in the sound between the HTD and Polk speakers. I would say they sound "neutral", that is, not overly bright, not muffled, just nice, basic sound. I honestly don't have the knowledge or test equipment to know how good these speakers are from a technical point of view. I just know that for my needs, they work very well.

What really surprised me was how great these speakers look! The pictures on the Home Theater Direct web site really don't do the speakers justice. I ordered the dark cherry finish, which is beautiful and looks like it should cost much more. The speakers are also heavy for their size, at least compared to other similar speakers from other manufacturers that I'm familiar with. I don't know if weight always means better quality, but the speakers have a very hefty, solid feel that I didn't expect for a speaker in this price range.

I didn't mean for this to sound like a commercial for HTD. I'm just very pleased with the price/quality ratio of my purchase.
post #48 of 408
A friend of mine just caught the theater bug after seeing my theater and I was advising him along the way. The only thing I didnt like was he went with a Klipsch setup and for the money....I was unimpressed with them, I dont know the model #'s off hand but....ehhh. He did at least go with a Velo for sub, I suggested that or SVS. He should of at least tried the free 30 day trial of the HTD's Lvl 3's I thought he would love...plus I was curious how their newer stuff is
post #49 of 408
I just bought the HTD Level 2 towers and center I hope to get them soon. Its interesting that this forum has relatively no following for this company, even though it is an ID company, since this forum really follows ID companies. Any ideas on why so few have these speakers or any interest in them?
post #50 of 408
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Originally Posted by technomage5 View Post

I just bought the HTD Level 2 towers and center I hope to get them soon. Its interesting that this forum has relatively no following for this company, even though it is an ID company, since this forum really follows ID companies. Any ideas on why so few have these speakers or any interest in them?

Can you give us your impressions on the Level 2 towers and the Center channel. I've been considering HTD for some time now, but due to a lack of bipole/dipole surrounds I recently purchased from a different ID company. However, the other company has terrible customer services and I might cancel my order today. Can you tell how well the center channel carries dialog?
post #51 of 408
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Originally Posted by Fargo1 View Post

Can you give us your impressions on the Level 2 towers and the Center channel. I've been considering HTD for some time now, but due to a lack of bipole/dipole surrounds I recently purchased from a different ID company. However, the other company has terrible customer services and I might cancel my order today. Can you tell how well the center channel carries dialog?

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Originally Posted by technomage5 View Post

I just bought the HTD Level 2 towers and center I hope to get them soon. Its interesting that this forum has relatively no following for this company, even though it is an ID company, since this forum really follows ID companies. Any ideas on why so few have these speakers or any interest in them?


I think HTD is the internet's best kept secret. I have their Level 2 bookshelf and center channel speakers and love them! I'm running them with an Onkyo 507 receiver. I think they sound wonderful, especially for the price.
post #52 of 408
"Fargo1" - why do you want dipole/bipole surrounds ? Do you have a difficult room layout?
Dolby Labs now recommends monopole speakers for the surrounds. Dipole/bipole units were a real asset for older Dolby Pro Logic days when the surround sound was a single channel, matrixed to two speakers, but Dolby Digital is 5 separate discrete channels.

Just curious ??
post #53 of 408
i was impressed with an inexpensive set of outdoor speakers i bought from them and just checked their website for LCR inwalls. kind of disappointing that they're not enclosed...
post #54 of 408
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Originally Posted by m_vanmeter View Post

"Fargo1" - why do you want dipole/bipole surrounds ? Do you have a difficult room layout?
Dolby Labs now recommends monopole speakers for the surrounds. Dipole/bipole units were a real asset for older Dolby Pro Logic days when the surround sound was a single channel, matrixed to two speakers, but Dolby Digital is 5 separate discrete channels.

Just curious ??

I'm Glad you asked. Actually I have a very good room. It is 19'x11' with a 7' ceiling. All prime numbers! I currently have two Boston Accoustic towers, so I have no previous experience with surround sound. So I've been reading all the arguements for and against bipole/dipole designs. Dolby Labs seem to recommend direct radiating (monopole) while Lucus Films THX recommends dipole. From all the reviews I have read it seems to come down to personal taste if you want the sound dispersed or more direct. From the little bit of listening at various local stereo shops, I have found that I like the more dispersed sound for my side surrounds. I also have concerns that if I use a direct radiating speaker on the side, the person sitting next to it will not hear anything but that one speaker constantly playing in their ear. So I have chosen to go the Dipole route. My current favorite system is Paradigm Monitor series. But I was hoping to find an Internet Direct company that offered similar performance for less. But so far I have not found them. I really like what I see at HTD and I have been in contact with them about different questions and some cable I purchased. Their customer service has been top notch and the quality of the cable really blew me away. So I would like to purchase my speakers from them but the lack of an onwall dipole kills the deal for me. Although I have considered just purchasing a couple of bookshelfs and building my own or seeing if I can purchase the drivers from them to build my own. But that seems to defeat the purpose of going to a company that seems to have some good engineering behind it. So I'll either have to purchase elsewhere or wait and see if they ever develope a dipole for me.
post #55 of 408
HTD is a top shelf company, and their products and customer support is second to none!. I have done my entire home with thier gear, including a dedicated HT room, I ma sure someone woudl disagree, buit I have not found a better system and or room for that matter. I have all flavors of their speakers including centers and subs, have a 7:2 set up in the HT and another 5:1 in another room. Had a problem with a sub, called them and replacement gear was here within 24 hours- no that is support!!!.
post #56 of 408
The level 2 towers and center are great, one thing I like was the fact that there more neutral in sound compared to the speakers I was coming from which were the Bic Ht-65 and ht-75's. The finish on them is amazing they look really good. They also sound good with out a sub, but they sound great with a sub they really shine, when the sub handles the bottom end. Surprisingly they image very well with music, and for movies there absolutely amazing, I just watched "Akira" today and I was totally lost in the movie, the sound just enveloped you. Like everyone else I too think they're a jewel that most on this forum have not found yet.
post #57 of 408
"Fargo1" - just to follow up, as you read about and consider dipole/bipole speakers, remember all movies soundtracks are mastered in Dolby Digital....a few may also have THX soundtracks.
post #58 of 408
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Originally Posted by m_vanmeter View Post

"Fargo1" - just to follow up, as you read about and consider dipole/bipole speakers, remember all movies soundtracks are mastered in Dolby Digital....a few may also have THX soundtracks.

That is true. But I am finding I like a more dispersed sound. I picked up a 7.1 system from The Speaker Company since they are having such a good sale. I've been playing with the dipoles a little and I find that even their 3 way dipole is a little too direct for me. I'd prefere to not have any speakers firing directly at me. I know that the sound reproduction is less accurate, but I think it would be less distracting.

I plan on dumping my TSC system eventually and I will get the HTDs. But this is my first foray into home theater surround sound so I wanted to find out what I like. If I find that I prefer all bookshelfs I'll go that route. If I continue to prefer a dipole or more dispersed sound I'll have to wait for HTD to build me a dipole or else move on. But I'd really like to try the HTD. I was amazed at the quality of speaker wire I got from them and their customer service has been outstanding anytime I asked them questions about their speakers.

The hard part will be deciding between level 2 or level 3s.
post #59 of 408
which would be more recommended. The level 3 center channel or the flat panel speaker. The flat panel one looks awesome. is there really any difference.
post #60 of 408
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Originally Posted by Rpresner View Post

which would be more recommended. The level 3 center channel or the flat panel speaker. The flat panel one looks awesome. is there really any difference.

I have a full level 3 setup paired with and HSU sub and I also have a pair of their flat panel speakers. I love the level 3 speakers and don't care much for the flat panels. If you paired them with a good sub, I think they will be much better, but they just seem tiny and empty to me
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