HSU CCB-8 or DIYSG Volt/HT/HTM
I am looking to stop upgrading and stop looking for better sound... at least for a while. i have build a couple of USD$100ish per speaker DIY designs, and I am always thinking... "not good enough, I've heard same-price retail options that sound similar", which if you consider the work/time you put in DIY you would expect a more satisfying experience. Please don't get me wrong, I love DIY, but some times I don't have all the time you need to make it enjoyable.
So... think I will pony up on my next purchase, and just get the best DIY (or not) for me, and "wrap it up" for a couple of years. So, first and more important, looking to replace LCR.
My room is very small, squared, with one door, untreated and destined only to tv & movies. I have dual 15" sealed SW which are OK for me, and don't need more (in fact looked to reduce them but it was not worth it). I hear my movies at around 75/80 db (sometimes even lower) and not much else, not even near reference...
Space and location are constrained, so I am looking to bookshelf speakers not floorstanders. They need to be placed near wall (around 20 centimeters), L and R at ear level and C below the TV tilted so the HF is aiming the head of the MLP. Also, they need to be powered by an AVR, so good sensitivity is a must.
So these are my choices, and I t would be great to hear your recommendations, as there is no graph nor measurements for these speakers.
1-. HSU RESEARCH CCB-8 Bookshelf Speaker --> around USD$360 each
2-. DIYSG HTM8 --> USD$239 each
3-. DIYSG HTM 10 --> USD277 each
4-. DIYSG VOLT 8 --> USD$161 each
5-. DIYSG VOLT 10 (front ported) --> USD$169 each
Of course if money would be the most important factor I would choose the Volt 10. But to certain limit, it isn't in this case. Also, I am afraid the highs used in the Volts is not up to the task, as they seem similar to the DNA-150, which i did not like, and to me it sounded muffled.
The HSU research seems very nice, and several reviews concur that it's a detailed and dynamic speaker, which, with clear dialog, are things I am very fond of. But they cost twice the Volts, and as I live overseas, shipping to me would cost a tad more that DIY, where I save on volume and weight, but hey... it's a ready to use solution, no cutting, no drilling, nothing. If these (or any other similar retail option) are comparable in SQ to the DIYSG offering I would consider them.
All the reviews and comments regarding the HTM lines are very positive and recommend them, but I am afraid that these reviews are more focused on "specialized" HT rooms, with reference hearing levels, discrete amp, multi channel audio processors and 100" screens. Clearly, not my case.
What do you think? Maybe I am wrong and I shouldn't look into home theater speakers, and look over audiophile speakers with ribbon tweeters and european components? Maybe the Paul Carmody's Speedster? Still I will use them 100% for movies, but maybe my room and hearing requirements are more compatible to them.
My room , although untreated, should be very easy for a speaker to sound good. It's small, low to medium volumes and a not so demanding listener (a.k.a. me).
Hey, looking forward to your opinion. I can upload some pictures of my room for you to make an idea of what I said.
Last edited by marto2009; 06-25-2019 at 08:46 AM.