Originally Posted by ambesolman
How do your new speakers compare to the Hsus?
Thats a big question, so I'll try to be concise and accurate.
First, I'll say the Hsu are very surprisingly capable speakers for the price. I think they strike a very hard to beat value where you basically have to spend a lot more for a modest improvement in performance. It's why they are the component I have had in my system for the longest time. I went for quite a few years without the slightest thought of ever upgrading them.
What led me to consider an upgrade was to achieve clean, clear, low distortion reference level playback. A tough thing to accomplish for small inexpensive bookshelf speakers at 12'. I realized that in order to purchase speakers that could do this, the lowest cost option for me was PSA which would be over $2k for LCR vs $680 or so for the Hsu. And the PSA speakers are too deep to work in my room, so I had to build my own.
I have $1,000 in my DIYSG LCR not including labor/time etc. The definitely have higher SPL capability with lower distortion which was one of my main goals. Of course, neutral, accurate, hi fidelity was another part of the goal and they definitely accomplished that as well.
Up to -10 or so MV, they Hsu's perform extremely well. What I noticed with my higher sensitivity speakers was that I could watch movies at a louder volume more comfortably. Being 6 dB more sensitive, they require 1/4th the power so my AVR has an easier time providing plenty of power.
Are the new speakers better than the Hsu? Undoubtedly so. But the fact that I spent a lot more for just the raw components and they are significantly larger, is a testament to how good the Hsu are for the price. I've got them up for sale cheap.....They are a great value new and will be a steal for whoever grabs them used.
I'm using them downstairs in my workout room without subs with an old cheap Yamaha AVR and they impress me every time I hear them for what they are.