4.1 Divas sound and mounting question

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  1. Chris Sharp

    Chris Sharp Agent

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    Hi,

    I am looking into putting together my first HT in the very near future. After reading the reviews on the Divas and seeing the sale price I have pretty much decided on the following:

    Onkyo 600

    Diva 4.1 towers

    Diva C3 center

    Diva 2.1 surround

    and perhaps the HSU VTF-2 or an SVS sub in the future

    2 questions:

    1. Can anyone suggest how the Divas sound compared to a set of speakers that I could go listen to in a store? I would like to get get some ideas so that I can go down to the local store and make sure I am getting the right speakers for me. Or, do the Divas blow away anything I would find in the stores? :)

    2. I am going to be mounting the 2.1s on the back wall. Anyone have any suggestions for the type of hardware I should used to mount them. I really have no room for speaker stands that would sit on the floor so I am looking for a wall mount of some sort.

    Thanks for all the advice!

    Chris
     
  2. Russell _T

    Russell _T Supporting Actor

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    At twice their price point and beyond, the Divas equalled or outperformed all the other B&M speakers I have auditioned. As I mentioned in a thread the other day, I was recently in my high end dealers for some accessories, and all the speakers I used to drool over were now just a yawn. The B&W N series are definitely up there, but are so much more expensive, and they use metal tweeters to the Diva fabric ones. Otherwise, they would be the only ones I like that can be had locally. I love the sound and build quality of the B&W's.

    Sears has Vogel mounts in several different models that can be used to mount the 2.1's. There is currently a picture of some wall mounted 2.1's that can be seen at AVS in the "Unofficial Diva Thread" on the last page.
     
  3. Alex Prosak

    Alex Prosak Supporting Actor

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    Chris,

    Go to audioenvy.com and see if there's anyone in your area that may be willing to let you audition their Diva's.
     
  4. Jeffrey Forner

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    Chris;

    I have the exact same setup that you're contemplating right now paired with an SVS 16-46PC (with the newly improved driver). I sort of bought the speakers on a whim when I saw that they were on sale, but I'm glad I did. I am completely and utterly satisfied with the way they sound in every respect. I have not felt that way about a speaker for a very long time. The short of it is, I can't see myself replacing these things any time soon. Yes, they sound good enough to squish the upgrade bug.

    But how do they compare to other speakers you could hear in a good home theater store? Well, the best comparison I can make is with the Paradigm Studio 20s. Now, I'm not saying that the Divas sound like those at all, because they don't. The Paradigms use a metal dome tweeter and the Divas use a silk dome one. Therefore the Paradigms will sound a little brighter, and to some ears, a little more detailed. (Others might say that they sound harsh, but that's more of a matter of preference.) The Divas are fully capable of producing a sweet detailed sound with a crisp high-end. At the same time, they have a fullness and warmth that I like, making them suitable for extended listening sessions.

    I won't make any claims that they sound as good or better than speakers costing several times their price. I will say this however: The money you spend on all five speakers, especially during this ongoing sale, will be well spent. Match them up with an SVS and you will own a home theater system that can impress the most hardened audiophile. Now all I need to do is get a better amp to power them, and I won't be able to erase the grin from my lips.

    As for mounting the 2.1s, I can't really help you out with that. I have mine sitting on speaker stands. Good luck on getting that done though.
     
  5. Jeffrey Forner

    Jeffrey Forner Screenwriter

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    And now that I've done some digging, I realize that I had recently contacted you about the Home Theater Direct speakers I'm trying to sell. When I last heard from you, you said that you were giving my offer some serious thought. Can I assume now that I've completely dissauded you from going with HTD? [​IMG]
     
  6. Chris Sharp

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    Jeffrey,
    Good book keeping skills Jeffrey! [​IMG]
    Yeah, after reading your reply and several others, the HTD's sounded like a great value, but I heard from many including yourself that the upgrade bug will come a knocking. That's not to say that it won't come a knocking with respect to the Divas, I just hope to be able to fend it off longer. [​IMG]
    I figured if I am going to be investing my hard earned cash, I don't want to have any regrets...this is going to be a long term investment.
    Thank you for your advice and continuous posts, you have helped me become more educated in making my HT decisions. Best of luck selling the HTD's....sorry I couldn't have helped you out there.
    Chris
     
  7. Rob Higgins

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    Chris-
    As far as mounting your 2.1's to the wall...check out this thread I started on AVS forum concerning the exact same situation. I ended up just getting the 4.1's and C3 (I live in an appt and really didn't have the room for a 5.1 setup).
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...336#post974336
    Good Luck,
    Rob
     

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