Speaker Kit Inventory

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by Erich H, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. I'm still building so they're not mounted yet.

    My LCR HTM-12s are mated up with mere 15" subs in 9 cuft boxes LLT style. The damn things just dig, and dig hard. Anything from cellos or the left hand on a piano on down are tactile. If you've ever played a cello or a string bass in particular you'll know it's not just a sound but something you can feel in your pelvis. It's not just a tone, it's something where you can feel the bow gritting against the string. That kind of tactile.

    I love it, I really do. If you can do 10s, then do 10s. Whatever's the biggest speakers within reason you can accommodate, get that. I'm not worried about overwhelming, you can dial back. People talk about mid-bass like it's the sole dominion of the subs, but those frequencies are being handed off from the mains and they still have work to do on the way down past the LFE x-over.
     
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  2. Last update I saw, I think he was just waiting on the port tubes which were backordered at PE. Pretty sure they are the 2" ones (forum won't let me link--part no 260-387), which still say backordered, expected in stock 3/5.
     
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  3. So just to clarify...are you saying the HT 10 are "better" than the HT 8, and better for long term use with adding in more subs?
     
  4. I haven't actually heard either, but I have the HT 12s, and from what I gathered from Eric, bigger was better (that's basically what he told me via email). And yes, IMO, they'd be better for long term use with adding more subs. 4 subs is ideal, so that would be my long term goal in a dedicated room. And I agree with everything Paul said above, I don't think larger mains will overpower the subs, you just balance it all in eq.

    I'd choose any HT over any Volt for front speakers (I've heard the Volt 6s and Volt 8s, not the Volt 10s).
    And unless space or budget were limiting, I'd go for the bigger HTs (either 10s or 12s, depending on size of room, listening preferences, etc).
    And if budget was no issue and I wanted the best, I'd get the HTM 12s (unless looking at something different, like the 1099s).

    Of course if it wasn't a dedicated room and your speakers were on show, then smaller may be better from an aesthetics point of view, and I expect the HT8s are good.
     
  5. I haven't heard any of these, so take this with salt, but I suspect 'better paired' is a function of efficiency and max SPL capacity. The larger HTs are going to be more efficient and have higher max SPL. If you're adding a ton of subwoofer capacity, your mains need to be more capable to keep up, and vice versa. Otherwise you're going to be dialing one or the other down and ending up with unused headroom. It's part of the reason you see the real loonies running 1099's or 1299's to keep up with their walls of subs, more efficiency and more driver area.

    If you look at the pics in the HTM speaker kit thread (not letting me link) you can get an idea of the size difference between the 8, 10, 12 - it's pretty dramatic - and IIRC the off axis plots aren't hugely different so at a given SPL they should be more similar than not.
     

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