AVS Forum banner
1 - 20 of 638 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,690 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
I have a pair of dark cherry HTD middies and really like them with my H/K AVR630 receiver. It's a simple set-up, but I like it just fine. I may expand it to include a pair of middies for rears and a flat panel speaker for a center, but have not decided yet.


Has anyone tried the HTD flat panel with the middies yet?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
I have just ordered a 7 speakers HTD Level 3 setup, which i will pair with a AV123 MFW15 Sub. I am abit surprised that i could find no reviews - professional or otherwise - that looked at the latest revision of the level 3's with the Kapton ribbon tweeter.


A brief conversation with the sales guy at HTD indicated that they dont buy alot of advertising at the big review sites or magazines, and as a result, they are rarely reviewed.


As a consumer the price point for the Level 3's is excellent and they appeara to have a strong customer satisfaction record.


So i decided to pull the trigger and I'll let you know how it turns out.


In the mean time - are there any other HTD Level 3 owners out there? Speak up cause i want to know how your experience is.


-Beaux
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
183 Posts
I own a set of Level 3 bookshelves. I bought them when I went on a bookshelf rampage a few months back. Mainly I wanted to see if the $299 price tag came with any significant drawbacks. I was also interested in the technologies deployed. I had not heard a ribbon tweeter before these.


The build quality is quite good, notably having a well braced cabinet. Of course, I've come to expect very good quality from the ID brands. That seems to be a key requirement for them. As for how they sound, well, I've spent the bulk of my time using them as talk radio monitors on a clearly under-powered amp...so do give them some decent wattage...they show it when they don't get it. These days I just don't have the time to listen like I thought I might (partly due to the higher end bookshelves I bought recently). When I did listen, they clearly needed me to experiment with better positioning. However, my first impressions were great. For $299, I felt I got more than my money's worth. They are bi-ampable, a feature that I did use. There is also an advantage to having the port in front since, where I have them now, they are literally six inches from the walls. I highly recommend a listen for those looking for a budget friendly, yet full sized bookshelf option.


As a side note...I'm also quite interested in hearing the upcoming X series bookshelf (SWG) from AV123 and/or the ELT525 someday. Apparently, I'll never have enough speakers in one house. :p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts

Quote:
Originally Posted by avr5700 /forum/post/15305746


I own a set of Level 3 bookshelves. I bought them when I went on a bookshelf rampage a few months back. Mainly I wanted to see if the $299 price tag came with any significant drawbacks. I was also interested in the technologies deployed. I had not heard a ribbon tweeter before these.


The build quality is quite good, notably having a well braced cabinet. Of course, I've come to expect very good quality from the ID brands. That seems to be a key requirement for them. As for how they sound, well, I've spent the bulk of my time using them as talk radio monitors on a clearly under-powered amp...so do give them some decent wattage...they show it when they don't get it. These days I just don't have the time to listen like I thought I might (partly due to the higher end bookshelves I bought recently). When I did listen, they clearly needed me to experiment with better positioning. However, my first impressions were great. For $299, I felt I got more than my money's worth. They are bi-ampable, a feature that I did use. There is also an advantage to having the port in front since, where I have them now, they are literally six inches from the walls. I highly recommend a listen for those looking for a budget friendly, yet full sized bookshelf option.


As a side note...I'm also quite interested in hearing the upcoming X series bookshelf (SWG) from AV123 and/or the ELT525 someday. Apparently, I'll never have enough speakers in one house. :p

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at the level two 5.0 setup. I like that you said build quality was good. I am down to either getting level 2 set up or the acculines for theaudioinsider.com.? Best case scenario would be to try out both and pick the one I like best. Just have to get approval from the budget committee, (wife) before anything happens.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
889 Posts
I have a full level 3 setup in my home. floor standing fronts, center, and the bookshelves for surrounds -> paired with an HSU 3.3 sub. I am very happy with the sound. plenty clear for my liking, and what I liked about them, gave me a very full sound right out of the box. The setup I have is before the revision. I felt like I got my money's worth
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,100 Posts
I don't know about their speakers but I can vouch for the company. In 2007 I bought one of their MA-1235 12-channel amplifiers for a "haunted house" project I was involved in. After we received it the finance committee decided they didn't need it so I called HTD and asked if it could be returned in the unopened box.


HTD not only refunded the purchase price, they also refunded the shipping. I would call that very superior customer service!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts

Quote:
Originally Posted by cctvtech /forum/post/15306385


I don't know about their speakers but I can vouch for the company. In 2007 I bought one of their MA-1235 12-channel amplifiers for a "haunted house" project I was involved in. After we received it the finance committee decided they didn't need it so I called HTD and asked if it could be returned in the unopened box.


HTD not only refunded the purchase price, they also refunded the shipping. I would call that very superior customer service!

That speaks well for HTD. Thanks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
I recently ordered a Level TWO center and a pair of Level TWO bookshelves as part of a gradual upgrade out of the HTiB world. I should have them this coming Friday the 19th and am more than happy to post up detailed pictures and a mini review if any one is interested. I know there aren't many reviews out there but in trying to decide between these and a similarly priced SVS set-up I decided to give these a go because of the exceptional 30 day trial policy.


Unfortunately, my current receiver, a Sony STR-K900, is intended for use with small satellite speakers and a sub which means it has an abnormally high and non adjustable internal crossover of something like 140hz. Since this won't allow for the full range of each speaker to be utilized my review will have to largely be focused on appearance and build quality. Once I upgrade to the Onkyo 606 in the next couple of months I can always update the mini review with a proper sound quality review.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts

Quote:
Originally Posted by bassplayrr /forum/post/15308085


I recently ordered a Level TWO center and a pair of Level TWO bookshelves as part of a gradual upgrade out of the HTiB world. I should have them this coming Friday the 19th and am more than happy to post up detailed pictures and a mini review if any one is interested. I know there aren't many reviews out there but in trying to decide between these and a similarly priced SVS set-up I decided to give these a go because of the exceptional 30 day trial policy.


Unfortunately, my current receiver, a Sony STR-K900, is intended for use with small satellite speakers and a sub which means it has an abnormally high and non adjustable internal crossover of something like 140hz. Since this won't allow for the full range of each speaker to be utilized my review will have to largely be focused on appearance and build quality. Once I upgrade to the Onkyo 606 in the next couple of months I can always update the mini review with a proper sound quality review.



Yes, look forward to reading your review and pictures are always welcome around here.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
I have the complete Level Two system (light cherry); front towers, center, bookshelf surrounds, and Level Two sub running off an Onkyo TX-SR605 receiver. I purchased this set-up back in Feb. of this year and have been extremely satisfied.


I record (DTV HR-20) and watch a lot of concerts as well as BD movies (Panny DMP-BD30) and the sound from these speakers is very impressive. I was more than a little uneasy about purchasing speakers I couldn't audition, but the 30-day return policy convinced me to give them a try. They arrived on time and very well packaged: cloth bagged, plastic wrapped, and double boxed. Fit and finish is excellent. I initially ran the Audyssey setup and then tweaked from there to get things more to my liking. Audyssey set the front towers to full range so I adjusted the crossovers and equalization on all channels to better match the speakers. The HTD Level Two's are a speaker with warm tone, as compared to a friend's Klipsch system, but by using the receiver equalization I brightened them up a bit. This could just be my room acoustics due to thick carpet, and heavy room darkening drapes. The front soundstage and overall balance of the surrounds is excellent. I am no sound engineer but I feel it is due to matching drivers in all cabinets. The 10",150 watt sub is more than adequate for my tastes (and room) and delivers smooth musical bass for concerts and nice loud booms for movies, with no distortion, and I am not one to baby the volume control.


As for the company, customer service is fabulous. The sub's amp went out after about three months. I called and talked to a customer rep and he shipped out a brand new sub that day, no questions asked. It arrived two days later complete with pre-paid UPS shipping for return of the defective unit. I have had no problems since.


In summation, good product, great pricing, consumer friendly company. I would not hesitate to purchase from HTD again.


Let me say that I am not associated with HTD, other than as a customer. I am interested in hearing from owners of the middies as I am thinking of adding these as rear surrounds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
193 Posts
they look good.. i would like to hear them or get a review.. was looking at the svs sbs-01 system with the larger sub its only 100.00 more for that system how would you think HTD would hold up against svs?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,395 Posts
I have a pair of their outdoor speakers. They have been mounted under the roof eave over my back deck for 3 years and still going strong. The mounting hardware is painted metal for the bracket, and plastic/brass for the adjusting nuts, and stainless for the mounting screws, so no rust marks. Good stuff.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
I have been using HTD for years. Started with a 5.1 level 2 system connected to a budget receiver and have graduated to a complete 7.1 level 3 system, tower speakers, connected to a Pio Elite SC-05. I don't pretend to be an audiophile, but I have no complaints whatsoever and have not felt the need to upgrade to more pricey and more frequently reviewed speakers. While I think their strength is ht, the towers in particular are incredibly solid and great for stereo sources (big improvement over the bookshelfs, imo). I've also used middy's and in-ceiling speakers and have had no problems, although I wouldn't recommend them for any of the big front 3 obviously.


Echo all the comments about the company. Those guys couldn't be more helpful and customer-minded. I've had a couple of problems (once with a level 2 bookshelf, and another with a level 3 center (cosmetic damage during shipping)), and both times they immediately sent out new speakers no questions asked.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts

Quote:
Originally Posted by kman62 /forum/post/15324090


they look good.. i would like to hear them or get a review.. was looking at the svs sbs-01 system with the larger sub its only 100.00 more for that system how would you think HTD would hold up against svs?

You probably would be happy with either system. The svs sbs-01 looks like a good system and probably are comparable to the level 2 bookshelves. I don't understand much about speakers specifications, but it looks like they both have the same type of tweeters, and similar power handling, with the level 2s having a little better sensitivity. It looks like the htd bookshelves are price about $45 dollars less than the sbs-01, and the htd towers are in a different price range than any tower offered by svs. So, you could get a level 2, 5.1 system for around the same as the sbs-01 5.1 system, but with htd you would have a pair of towers instead of all bookshelves.
 
1 - 20 of 638 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top