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Old January 10th, 2014, 9:00 AM
New Yorker New Yorker is offline
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Surround speaker alternatives?

I'm quite happy my HB-1 and HC-1 Mk 2 speakers. (I finally bought a Panasonic plasma to replace my Sony KD-34XBR960; the HC-1 Mk2 has been sitting in its box for three years awaiting a non-CRT screen to sit under!) I have a VTF-2 Mk 2 sub, and I've been using a pair of wall-mounted Ventriloquist VT254s as my surrounds.

I would love to replace those with a pair of HB-1s, and I might do just that. Thing is, they're somewhat large for surrounds, particularly in a small living room like mine (11 x 16 with 10' ceilings).

Have you folks ever thought about a dedicated surround speaker, smaller than the HB-1? (After all, you added a dedicated center channel speaker to your lineup.)

Also, what kind of audio difference would a pair of surround HB-1s afford me?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 5:43 PM
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Or you could buy two more hc-1's for fronts and use your hb-1's to the back. Then you will have a smaller rear speaker
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Old January 14th, 2014, 5:19 PM
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Hi New Yorker,

Yea I don't think we're currently looking into developing a smaller surround dedicated speaker. It's always nice to use the HB-1 Mk2's as your surround speakers just so that they are timbre matched with your front main speakers. Of course for home theater surround usage, it's not nearly as critical as matching the front mains, because of the source material. It's still nice to have though.

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Old January 14th, 2014, 11:49 PM
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I think timber matching with surrounds is underrated.

I recently learned that many if not most home movie releases are mixed with direct radiating surround speakers. Often audio images get placed between a front and surround speaker on one side, and timber matching (really time alignment) makes a big difference with resolving these images.

Also, surround tracks these days contain strong dynamics. Having surround speakers that can go down to 80 Hz without flinching is a big plus.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for all your thoughts. I'm convinced; ordering another set of HB-1s now.
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