Most helpful positive review
62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Great sound, especially when calibrated with Audessey
on May 27, 2010
My HD 1000 set is coupled with a Denon 890 AVR. I purchased the speakers and receiver to replace a Bose 2.1 Acoustimass III 2.1 setup and a Sony STR DE 845 with a failed protection circuit.
The speakers are in a 10x20 space, with seating on one long side and tv on the other (i.e., viewing space is shallow and wide) with a wall on one side and an open L-shaped room on the other, with the subwoofer against the one side wall.
The Audessey MultiEQ calibration on the Denon significantly changed and clarified the sound. The calibration resulted in asymmetrical levels but perfect balance at the listening position. The sound is very crisp with great imaging in both stereo and surround modes. The subwoofer, calibrated with its gain at midpoint, ended up at -9.5db. What seemed to be a low value when listening to test tones turns out to be exactly right: powerful, clean bass (as judged by The Roots and SNL via Dolby Digital), but no artificial boominess or rumbling from voices. It is amazing how many commercials use very low frequencies to get attention, something the little Bose subwoofer missed entirely. Stereo music programming via FL+FR+SW (2.1) mode is richer and warmer than I expected.
About the only disappointment--and this is not the fault of the HD1000s or the receiver--is that I am now aware of just how much variation there is in source material.
I would have love to have heard it side by side with the 300 and 500 models, but there was no such opportunity locally. For the size space I had to fill, I would have purchased the HD 500 but the HD 1000 became available for a slightly lower price. The 1000's slightly larger subwoofer is probably not going to fit cleanly on the bookshelf, but I think my wife and the cats are getting used to it.
These speakers are wonderful, but I strongly recommend a receiver capable of frequency calibration. The sound quality is noticeably inferior when set flat. (Again, no fault of the speakers). When coupled with the right receiver--especially one with active calibration--the HD 1000 gets my recommendation.