Acoustic Research HC6 vs Fluance AV-HTB

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Donovan M, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. Donovan M

    Donovan M Auditioning

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    Well I was finally decided on gettig th Acoustic Research HC6 (refurbished) for $199 online from Factory Clearance Center. Then I ran across the Fluance AV-HTB for the same price. I've searched high and low for any negative reviews of the Fluance's but I just can't find any. I'm also a little partial to floor standing speakers. I also realize that I would probably need to purchase a subwoofer for the Fluance's since I mostly would use the speakers for movies. Based on sound quaility, what do you guys think? I am especially interested in hearing from those of you who have actually heard either of these speakers. I should also mention that this is for a second HT setup in a 12'x19' room with a 12'x12' actual listening area. Thanks in advance for your opinions/suggestions - you always seem to be quite helpful.
     
  2. Topher

    Topher Stunt Coordinator

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    I haven't really read a bad review either, the one thing you will want to keep in mind is the sensitivity. I think the Fluances are somewhere around 86-87db, they will take a lot of power. I have researched these things up and down also, and just about everything I read is pretty positive. I am really considering ordering a pair of the floorstanders for a 2-channel music setup I am building, but haven't quite taken the plunge yet (even if it is a semi-cheap plunge) [​IMG]
     
  3. greg baker

    greg baker Stunt Coordinator

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    I think for all around sound you would be more impressed with the Fluance av-htb would give you a better all around sound. I have heard good things about both but the 3 1/2 inch driver tends to be lacking midrange on the ar speakers. Both are good but the reviews on the Fluance are outstanding. I believe that there is a good review on both of the setups on cnet.com

    Greg
     
  4. Mike_Gr

    Mike_Gr Stunt Coordinator

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    I have read some information regarding the HC6 system. Two things I wanted to note:

    - First, they are are not well suited for larger rooms.

    - Second, many claim there is a very noticeable 'hole' between the sats and the sub.

    Personally, I haven't heard fluance or the HC6. I just wanted to pass this info I have read on other forums along.

    Best of luck
     
  5. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Yet that "hole" can be "filled" to some extent with judicious placement. Of course, a smallish sat/sub home-theater suite is not suited for large rooms. In my bedroom system, the HC6 system sounds sweet and surprisingly neutral and transparent.
     
  6. Kevin McCurdy

    Kevin McCurdy Stunt Coordinator

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    The HC6 set sounds pretty good for it's size and price. I set them up in a bedroom system also and was pleasantly surprised at how well they filled the room and I found them to be just as Jack described neutral sounding and enjoyable to listen to. I haven't heard or seen Fluance, so I can't comment or make any comparisons between the two.
     

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