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Old February 5th, 2012, 12:15 AM
Stegen Stegen is offline
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HB-1 HK2 Horn book shelf equal to towers?

I have a 15h and am really liking the Hsu brand. I have a pair of 5 year old Jamo tower speakers that arent really that great. Im wondering if these bookshelf speakers would be comparable to a set of tower speakers? i also want to get the HC1 center as well.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 4:01 PM
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Hi Stegen,

What model Jamo towers do you have?

The HB-1 MK2 is a nice speaker. It may not play quite as deep as most tower speakers, but deep bass extension is not required since you already have a nice true subwoofer to reproduce the lowest frequencies. So it is conceivable that a pair of bookshelf speakers + true subwoofer may be preferred to a pair of tower speakers + true subwoofer, depending on the design of the speakers and listening preferences.

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Old February 8th, 2012, 7:46 PM
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I believe there is a 30 day return policy if you decide you don't like them.

I was somewhat in the same boat as you.. only my towers were older JBL's - model 240ti. (google them - pretty awesome build) Awesome speakers for their day, and still hold there own against many. I too purchased a 15h.. which lead me to the HB1's and a HC1. (both Mk2's)

Pete is right.. with the 15h to cover the lower frequencies.. I believe these bookshelf's will stand up to nearly anything you put them up against. I'm now wondering what I should do with the 240ti's as I haven't used them since I recieved the HSU speakers. With the 30 day return policy - I can't see how you could go wrong to give them a try! Good Luck!
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Old February 9th, 2012, 1:20 PM
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Hi. Quick answer is no, they aren't comparable to your 5 year old Jamo towers. I think the Hsu's would outperform those Jamos . In all fairness, I have never heard your speakers ( let alone in your room ) but I went from Polk Monitor 70's to a full Hsu set . Kinda funny when wifey saw the 'new' speakers and said "you're going from that to THAT??"... . Size-wise, she didn't equate smaller with better.
The Hsu's are very accurate. You will hear exactly what was recorded, with no added 'flavor' to the sound. Do not be deceived by their size. They are very capable. I even took a pair of the HB-1's on vacation , and they hold their own with music, even without a sub. That was running off an Onkyo mini bookshelf system putting out maybe 30 watts. With a sub, or 2, in my case (not that my 12 by 14 room really NEEDED two ), you will be smiles from ear to ear.
hope it helps, Joe

p.s. perhaps if you gave a location, another HSU owner would give an audition? I certainly would, if you're anywhere near eastern Tennessee.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 1:56 PM
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I think towers are leftover from another time! With great subwoofers availables, no need for large main speakers anymore. Four 6 inches drivers won't produce any lower frequencies than a single one.

That said, if you think the HB-1 may be too limited in headroom, try a pair of HC-1 placed upright instead!
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