Does (speaker) size really matter??

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  1. Josh Darr

    Josh Darr Auditioning

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    I am setting up my first HT system on a modest budget and the array of speaker choices is dizzying.

    I am looking at NHT SB-2 front and rear and SC-1 center with a Subonei to finish it. Cost is about $1200-1500

    I have seen several posts listing Polk RM6600 (~$1000) sets as good inexpensive speakers.

    My concern is can I get the same sound out of the Polk's in a much smaller package as I can from the NHTs?
     
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    You should be able to get an idea from the numbers. Look at the minimum, normal and peak wattage numbers, and the sensitivity numbers. Putting those together should give you a deasonable basis for comparing how loud two speakers will go. Search the archives here if you're not sure what sensitivity is, there have been plenty of discussions on it.
    Or maybe someone else will jump in and explain [​IMG]
     
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    The NHTs will easily do a better job than those particular Polks. The new NHTs are extremely accurate and have noticably more bass than the previous generation.

    Of note: the NHTs will need plenty of good, clean power.
     
  4. Chuck Kent

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    My opinion is that you cannot possibly have any idea how these 2 systems would compare until you actually listen to them.

    I've had several sizes, types and brands of speakers over the years and have learned that I have some that I really like and some I don't. But there is no way that looking at pictures or specs alone could tell me which ones I'd prefer.

    Bottom line is that my advice is to use the printed material to narrow down what you are interested in. Then, make a field trip or two (or three or four) to listen to these setups. I think you may end up very surprised in the differences you discover...
     
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    The NHT sub is decent, but there are better subs for the price...(not an SVS ad, but...)
     
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    You could always Get Bose...The Guy at Best Buy said they were good...
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    Chuck is dead-on. You need to audition the speakers. A larger cabinet will yield more bass and if it is well-designed the added bass will be tight and well-defined. Smaller speakers will generally image better because there is less cabinet to get in the way (to put it in layman's terms). An extremely well-designed large speaker can be made that images incredibly and literally disappears into the room but at that point we're talking about speakers that are out of most budgets. Regards.
     
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