Athena Speakers: which one?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by David Strozier, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. David Strozier

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    I am getting rid of the Bose. I really like the Athena Micra 6 & the Athena Point 5 systems. Just not sure which would better benefit my purpose. I want a great surround setup as well as using them for music. I can get the Micra 6 for 550 with M225 sub (included)or the Point 5 system for around 700 including the AP-S300 sub, let me ass that my room is 18x15. I just cannot decide wich would be a better application for my setup. After the speakers I will then upgrade to a Yamaha 6.1 receiver. So keep in mind that I will need an to add an extra speaker. The key is I would like to stay under 750 for speakers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Dave
     
  2. David Strozier

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    OOPS i just realized I posted in the wrong forum........
     
  3. Steve*W

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    Point 5 everytime. I've had a chance to compare them side by side, and IMO it's not even a contest.
     
  4. MichaelSLB

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    David,

    I second the vote for the Point 5's. But, I'd get them
    *without* the Athena sub, as you'd be much better off
    with a different sub. There's a lot of good ones out there
    to choose from.

    I've owed the Point 5 system and found it equally fantastic
    for the money playing back both music and DVD's. It's hard
    to go wrong with these speakers.

    However, I would consider a different receiver than that
    Yamaha, as this combination would lead to a rather bright,
    forward sound that is rather fatiguing.

    Personally, I would lean towards a warmer receiver to match
    with these speakers - like a Harman Kardon, Pioneer Elite, Marantz or NAD.

    Hope that helps!

    Michael
     
  5. David Strozier

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    well thanks for the responses.....I will def consider with the Point 5 then.!! Now give me a good sub that will complement the Point 5. just keep in mind that my room os only 18x15
    Dave
     
  6. MichaelSLB

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    What is your budget for the sub, David? ...And do you have
    any problem with ordering direct from Internet-only
    companies?

    Your room size is similar to mine, so I can give you a few
    suggestions after I hear back from you about your budget.


    Ciao,
    Michael
     
  7. David Strozier

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    well I am willing to go to 500 for a good sub. I have no problem at all ordering online! I dont want a ton of bass but enough to rock the house in certain scenes

    Dave
     
  8. MichaelSLB

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    David,

    Here's a few good suggestions for your consideration:

    I've included little notes with each, found in brackets ().

    - HSU Research VTF-2 - on sale for $449 w/ free shipping
    http://www.hsustore.com/vtf2.html

    (A great all-around sub, which will serve well with both
    music and movies. This thing WILL "rock the house" when you
    let it.

    ...You may also consider the HSU Research STF-2 which is
    basically a VTF-2 permanently tuned in Max Extension mode,
    and also carries a smaller price tag of just $399. This is
    a serious sub for that price!

    See: http://www.hsustore.com/stf2.html )

    - Adire Audio Rava - $399 + shipping from Seattle
    http://www.adireaudio.com/home_audio...eries/rava.htm

    (A great sub with plenty of output, but better suited to
    music than home theater use because of it's sealed design.
    However, you stated you don't want a ton of bass, so this
    sub may be a good fit with it's tight accurate bass.)

    - SVS 25-31PCi - $549 + shipping
    http://www.svsubwoofers.com/subs_pci_25-31.htm

    (Definitely one of the most highly regarded subs on the
    market, and dollar for dollar another big performer --
    arguably even more so than the HSU or the Adire. Another
    "house shaker".

    If you can boost your sub budget just a little, this is
    also a serious sub worth a good look. You'll get tight,
    clean and loud bass from virtually any source with an SVS.)

    Hope that helps, David. Please let me know which sub you go
    with, and how you like it. [​IMG]

    Michael
     
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    Hey Michael I really appreciate the suggestions! I really like STF-2! I think that maybe the one for me. I see its on back order until Dec 8th and since I'm not that much in a hurry, that would not be a factor. I will let you know what I decide to go with.

    Dave
     
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    Definately stay away from Yamaha with the Athenas...it is a terrible match...found that out the hard way...Harman Kardon will suit you much better in the budget price range...nice warm musical sound, plenty of punch for movies.

    Let your ears do the judging as to whether you want the Micros or Point 5s. You could also consider the Energy Take 5.2s for hopefully not much more (another API company, but more neutral sounding speakers, the Athenas are bright). They are a truly phenomenal speaker setup, and the internet reviews on them should speak for themselves.
     
  11. Jonathan Dagmar

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    could someone elabortae on how different recievers affect the sound of speakers?

    I was under the impression that the recievers job was simply to deliver the power, and had little effect on the sound "tone".

    How does one go about figuring out if their reciever is "bright'?
     
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    Different receivers have different sonic traits...you may like the brightness, you may not...If there is any way you can switch out amplifiers with the same set of speakers, you'll quickly notice what I'm talking about. Unfortunately, very few dealers will let you do this...
     
  13. Jonathan Dagmar

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    I have a panasonic full digital reciever. WOuld you say that the full digital amplification is likely to produce a bright sound or otherwsie?

    Can you direct me to any infromation which explains this in more detail?
     
  14. HughH

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    I got a package with Athena point 5.1 and Yamaha 5560 (six channels) last year. The sub-preamp went out, so I replaced the Yamaha with a HK 630, My wife, who has much better hearing and I could not tell ANY difference in sound, other than the 70 mm DSP of the Yamaha asserting better sound presence with some dvd's.

    The punny sub was replaced with a SVS sub and the center that was producing distortion with some programing was replaced with the Axiom VP-150.
    The two fronts were good, but now they did not match the timber of the VP-150, so they have been replaced by Axiom 22ti. Even my wife is now happy about the neutral, uncolored sound of the front speakers.

    I am still using the Athena rears and will add the two ex-fronts to the side, maiking it a 7.1 system.

    For the money, Athena builds good sounding speakers.

    Neither my wife nor I have the golden ears needed to distinguish the difference in sound betwen the Yamaha 5560 and the HK 630.
     

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