Sorry for the delay in getting some pics up, but I have been having a string of problems with my computer, going back a few weeks now. I am about ready to smash the damn thing with a baseball bat to see if that helps! It's crash city over here!
Good news is that the HT3s sound excellent. Still too early to give a detailed review but I will mention a couple of things that I've realized since they have been in place. They are a very smooth, and transparent speaker. The first thing I played turned out to be Erykah Badu, on CD through my Oppo 983, no pre-amp direct into the Halo. It sounded good, but not the amazing jaw dropping sound that I was hoping for, and the bass seemed a little lighter than I remembered. Well, I was a little let down and perplexed by this so, naturally I turned the volume up, and there was the bass that I remembered, very tight, very clean, and very deep. big smile from me
Thirsty speakers. That was on Friday before I went to work. I slept almost all day today so I did not get much time to make noise during the polite hours of the day. I did get a little time in though, and that was very nice indeed. I just hit random on the Transporter and listened through the LS36.5. Luscious, liquid sound came pouring from the HT3s... way nicer than through the Oppo.
A few random songs later and I was realizing that these speakers are allowing me to hear everything up-stream, all the way to and most affected by the source. The recording quality is proving to have the most profound influence on the sound that I hear. Previously I could not tell much difference from recording to recording (except the really bad and old ones), all were a little muddy with no real extension in either direction. As I introduced the Modwright gear into my system, with the old speakers they went from thick gooey mud to a less mud and more watery sound, still muddy but smoother flowing, if that makes any sense. Now, it pours from the speakers like a crystal clear mountain stream fed by virgin melting snow! One song renders an atmosphere in the room that is thick with heady incense and completely euphonic, while the next removes the haze with a stark production.
I played around with placement of the HT3s a little and there is a definite sweet spot involved to maintain a holographic soundstage. If you are seated outside of the zone it is much easier to tell where the sound is coming from, but inside that zone and the HT3s beautiful cabinets become very important, because that is the only clue as to where the music is originating from.
That's it for tonight.