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hsu speakers; thoughts on sound, quality & performance

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Initial post: Feb 24, 2010 3:13:33 PM PST
$BILL says:
I am about to pull the trigger on a HSU SPEAKER SYSTEM and would appreciate input, opinions, suggestions, and/or advice on these speakers? If any of you own them, I'd like to hear your opinions? If anyone else has seen, heard, or used them before, could you please let me know what you think about HSU, and how they stack up against, BIC, KLIPSH, DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGY, JAMO, and POLK? THANKS MUCH................---WILLIAM--

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 3:21:45 PM PST
A/V guru says:
buy 'em, if you like 'em keep 'em

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010 3:27:44 PM PST
$BILL says:
THAT COMES NOWHERE NEAR ANSWERING THE QUESTION I ASKED!!! That's obvious, but could someone answer the specific question at hand? Once again, Thank a lot. --William--

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 3:33:09 PM PST
A/V guru says:
equal to BIC (the low end)
Klipsch...not even close
Definitive Tech...doesn't even belong in the same discussion
Polk....compares favorably, unless you are talking about the RTi line (against them, not even close)
Jamo...jamo's cheaper stuff...on par

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010 3:51:24 PM PST
$BILL says:
Thanks A/V. Are you saying that the DEFINITIVE TECHNOLGIES are not good and don't belong in this line-up? OR..are you saying they are far superior and therefore do not belong in the comparison?

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 4:01:40 PM PST
A/V guru, when you say: "Definitive Tech...doesn't even belong in the same discussion", are you talking about their inexpensive Pro Cinema 5.1 set ($700-1200 per system), or their BP7000SC floorstander ($2750 each)?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010 4:54:35 PM PST
A/V guru says:
def tech are far superior, and their procinema set (no matter which variation you get), is top notch (and affordable)

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 5:22:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2010 5:22:21 PM PST
Audiolad says:
WSturman: There are reviews out on the net on the speakers and the subwoofers, so get beyond the bickering and consider the system. HSU is an acoustic engineering company as well as a speaker builder. They help other companies design there's. I would have no problem building a theater with their speakers, they will be very good. I don't listen to salesman say what's good or bad, but I do respect qualified engineers that have proven over and over they know how to design and build high quality speakers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 6:11:47 PM PST
I've never heard the Hsu speakers. I have heard the Pro Cinema (which I thought sounded like crap) and the Def Tech Mythos (it's okay, not great, overpriced), and the Def Tech Bi-Polars (very good for movies). I've heard Klipsch, which sounds good and all for about 5 minutes, then you get ringing in your ears from the horn tweets. I've heard lower end Polks at Circuit City and walked away disappointed. Hsu is reknowned for their subwoofers but I haven't heard much about their other speakers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 6:23:10 PM PST
I'm guessing that you are looking at Hsu's HB-1 bookshelfs, but here are a couple of reviews (in addition to Hsu's own links). Home Theatre Magazine reviewer was pleased with the system and the performance of the HB-1 is fairly linear with a drop off at the highest frequencies. They rate them the second best in their class behind the 5.1 DCM speaker system that costs $400.

The next set of links involves a comparison of three different speakers in a similar price range - Polk Audio's Monitor 30, AV123 x-ls, and the HB-1. Several reviews listened to the speakers in a blind listening session and gave their subjective impressions of what they heard.

My personal take from reading the reviews is that you might be disappointed with the Hsu if you are looking for bright tone and lots of treble (Personally, I tend to like less bright speakers). However, they seem to match well with the Hsu VTF-2 sub and have fairly substantial bass output. The speaker is very sensitive at 92dB, which is probably because it is horn loaded. This means that it takes less power to reach similar volume levels as a speaker of lower senstivity. The Polk Monitor 30 is about 89db and that 4dB is a big difference. I doubt the extra sensitivity is any advantage for use in the average room with the average mid-priced AV Receiver. You might try listening to Klipsch B-3 Synergy Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Pair, Black) since they are also horn loaded and might give you some perspective on the sound before ordering. You should be able to find someone selling them locally and may just decide that the Klipsch sound great.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010 7:48:48 PM PST
$BILL says:
D. League; As always, I just wanted to say "Thanks" for the input. I have Definitive Techs and my main use is almost...98% Home Theater, HDTV, Blu Rays & DVD's, get my point. I've spoken with the rep at HSU and so far, I have to say it's the best service, response time I've ever had from a company in this line of business. Excellent Service with Zero Pressure Sales Tactics, fact none. They pushed nothing but how and who they sell there technology to and the quality of their product. I know I'll get good Bass from the SUB, and think the horn tweeter will give me better dialog and emphasis on sound effects, explosions, fast cars, loading a gun, and so forth. Would appreciate any thoughts on that. Thanks to U.T.I. for his input too. . .............................William...

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 8:17:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2010 8:19:58 PM PST
Audiolad says:
WSturman: You won't find a quality theater in the country that isn't fitted out with horn speakers or ribbons for just the reasons you gave. Ribbons do very well, but usually require an array (multiple sets). If I was designing my own theater small budget or large, it would have horn tweeters because other types can't match the output, and that's what theater is all about.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 8:21:25 PM PST
Audiolad says:
If you haven't caught my posting of home theaters, check it out for the many pictures of theaters of all cost ranges. You might find an idea there.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010 11:02:26 PM PST
$BILL says:
d.leage...i don't know where to find that at. could you point me in the right direction please? thanks pal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 5:03:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2010 6:19:11 AM PST
Audiolad says:
WSturman: Right now It's near the top of the forum titles: "What is home theater", I opened it yesterday. I haven't had too many hits on it, but it will be there for awhile. Funny things, a few weeks ago people were asking about designing their own home theater, I guess they all did.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 11:06:51 AM PST
Speaking of Hsu, I thought I'd let you know, D. League, that my VTF3 is en route now. So pumped!

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 11:46:19 AM PST
Audiolad says:
Arros: I'd be pumped to.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010 12:46:23 AM PST
$BILL says:
Arroz...I would absolutely love to hear what your thoughts and experiences are with you VTF3 as that is one of the 3 subs I've narrowed my selection down to and is currently #1 of the 3. Please, let me know what color wood you picked, how you like the side firing sub set up, how it sounds, etc. Can you tell I'm interested. Congratulations and I hope it performs just short of rocking the house to the ........................William................

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 11:21:35 AM PST
I think you'd be very pleased with the HSU's. They are engineered to be used with a subwoofer. HSU is an internet direct company. For the price they are difficult to match and if you're using them primarily for movies and TV they are definitely a best buy. HSU has an in-home audition policy and the speakers can be returned within 30 days. HSU also offers an in-wall version of their bookshelf speakers.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 7:51:09 AM PST
I've only had it a couple nights, but it has been great. It is quite large and measuring out with a tape measure does not quite do it justice. It is a behemoth in person (I can only imagine how large the 15" subs get from here).

I went with the standard satin black, as I just couldn't justify spending $200 on a finish... I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the base finish. It is more elegant than I was expecting. Basically, it looked like the type of black finish you'd find on a dining room table (the matte black).

Anyway, I do live in an apartment, so I can't really shake the house down, but I can tell you that it does hit below 20 Hz with ease. While calibrating it to match my speakers' levels, I was playing the bass test CD which had the 16 Hz organ notes in it. That was quite a feeling, and for it to keep the distortion so low... well, I was blown away. Absolutely fantastic. Having the sub has allowed me to set the crossover and it takes quite a load off of my speakers, so the highs and mids sound that much crisper. The placement of my sub isn't ideal, so I had to turn the volume up higher than if I had an ideal spot to situate it, but seeing as I have to tame it where it currently sits, I'm a very satisfied customer.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 8:11:50 AM PST
Audiolad says:
ACP: I'm glad you like it this much, being one of the top rated subs on the market, it's sometimes good to know the products are that good.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 8:20:12 AM PST
Yeah, I was a little wary of a blind purchase, but after numerous positive reviews without a single negative, I just dove in.

In retrospect, I can say that my apprehension was ill conceived.

By the way, if you do get this sub, it comes with unpacking instructions. It helped tremendously, haha.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 8:38:14 AM PST
EarlyMon says:

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 6:17:08 PM PST
$BILL says:
D.League, J.Chang and all my other A/V friends I like to think I've made in this forum. I'll be signing off in a week to 10 days as I just found out via my MRI @ the hospital that I have 2 torn tricep muscles where it attaches to the elbow. Looks like major surgery, with drilling, titanium screws and special stitching is my only real option. A "Elbow only specialist surgeon" is coming down from Raliegh to consult and do a joint 2 surgeon surgery. Last thing I'll say is that they are trying to figure out how to avoid surgery at all costs due to the fact I rely on my arms to be my legs since breaking my neck in 3 places. Bottom line, won't be able to type for quite a while.
I took a careful look at my Denon 2808ci via PDF on the internet as I've misplaced mine. As previously mentioned, I'm not a receiver geek, and it was foreign language to me. If any of you want to take a stab at looking at it and telling me the easiest way to set it up with my 5.1 Definitive Technology Surround Sound System, and Pioneer Elite HDTV, I would be VERY,VERY, grateful. I doubt anyone will want to take on that request, but I thought I'd ask. As far as purchases go, I'm about 90% sure I'm going to buy the PIONEER VSX 9040 TXH, & HSU VTF-3 mkII, with center and surrounds. If I can pull that off, I'll get back with you on the results...have someone type it in for me. In closing, I'll be around at least another week, but wanted to thank all of you for the excellent feedback, answers to my questions, suggestions, and your own personal experiences. It's been the kind of education that I personally prefer over the classroom...not to mention some of the good laughs I've had following a few posts! Best of luck in all future conversations, debates, and hopefully positive experiences with your new equipment regardless of make, model, and price. Peace out.....................William........................

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 8:12:56 PM PST
Audiolad says:
Be safe, be good, be back, we'll keep the typewriters keys warm for you.
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