Just liked to say I just went from Polk TSi 100's to some vintage Acoustic Research AR-4x's and I'm never looking back. The difference is just unbelievable. I had them paired with an HSU STF-2 so the polks even had a little help in the low end. I knew the Polks were a weak link, I just didn't think a big upgrade could be had for half the money of the TSi100's.
I went from a Denon AVR-1909, Polk TSi100's, HSU STF-2, Boston Center and Surrounds, to
Marantz 2245, Acoustic Research AR-4x, HSU STF-2
and the latter is cheaper, and far better. My neighbors are not so keen, the girl below me knocked on my door within 30 minutes of getting the AR's. I gave the bostons to a friend when I got the Marantz.
I guess what I'm saying is, sure HTR's have lots and lots of nice features, and speakers like polk's are easy to get, but a much better performing, more pleasing, less expensive sound setup can be had with used equipment.
Thoughts on the Hsu and Velodyne?
I've got the STF-2. Its good for movies and acceptable for music. It can hit the low notes, but it rolls them off a bit. Doesn't handle fast music very well (as to be expected). Placement is very important. The bass is pretty amazing in the opposite corner, but I'm not gonna watch a movie standing in the corner of the room.
If you have the cash, I would bite the bullet and get their VTF series. Im constantly messing with the volume on mine. It will "thwap" with some really intense scenes.
Needless to say, I like it quite a lot, and don't plan on parting with it anytime soon.
I like it alot more now that I have some front speakers that can produce some lows, as before I had a gap between the woofer and the speakers.
proton fucked around with this message at Jul 18, 2011 around 20:05
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Is the auto-calibration included in receivers all you need to do?
I generally used the auto-calibration to start, then made my own adjustments afterward. I found with my Denon that the bass settings were absurdly innaccurate.
After doing it a few times I didnt use it at all. Your own ears are far more discerning than a cheap microphone.
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