JBL HLS615 and HLS810 as possible speaker upgrades

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  1. Stephen Hopkins

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    I am currently using the current setup:
    Pioneer VSX-D811S Receiver
    Sony SS-MB300H Mains
    Sony SS-C490 Center
    Sony SS-MB100H R/L Surrounds
    Sony SS-MB100H R/L Back Surrounds
    RCA 12" 200W Subwoofer
    My next upgrade will be a DIY sub, as soon as I get the chance to build it (and sell my RCA sub).
    After that, i'm trying to decide on a speaker upgrade.
    I frequent www.harmanaudio.com to keep my eye on refurb deals on JBL speakers. I've recently noticed the HLS615 and HLS810 speakers, both for around $150 a pair. I would probably get a pair of HLS615s as my mains, or possibly the HLS810s. I may also get HLS810s for my surrounds, if i like them (or the HLS615s) performance as mains.
    My questions are the following:
    1.) Are these speakers too good to be true at $150 a pair? I've read really good reviews on epinions, but thought the HT forum would be a more definative source.
    2.) Which would you reccomend for mains and fo surrounds? I've always liked the full extension of a tower speaker, even though i'm currently using an extremely large (21" tall) "bookshelf" speaker on 18" stands. I really like the stands i've built, that's why i'm considering the HLS810s as mains, because i could retain the same stands. If i got the HLS615s for mains and the HLS810s for surrounds, i could relocate my current main stands to the back
    3.) What center channel speaker would you match with these? An N-Center, S-Center, or something else?
    4.) I've also thought about either the HLS615s or HLS810s as mains, then getting the NSP1 package. This way i could use the N-Center, and all 4 N24s as surrounds. Would this be a good idea?
    5.) Most importantly, would any of these options REALLY be an upgrade? Or am i better off with what i have until i can afford a significant upgrage (JBL Studios, Paradigm, something else higher end), which may be a good while away?
    Thanks alot.
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

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  3. Legairre

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    First off let me say that yes the JBLs will be an upgrade from your Sony speakers. I've owned my JBL HLS series speakers since 99 and I love them. Even though I'm replacing them with B&W speakers in a month or two I really like the HLS speakers. Great speaker for movies and not bad for music either. Back in their day(if you can say that about the late 90s[​IMG]) they were considered a pretty good speaker for the price.
    I'll try to answer your questions and remember this is just my opinion.
     
  4. Alexis

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    the 615's will sound better than the 810s. The jbl 6 inch drivers for these series sounded much better than the 8.

    I've got the 610's and they hold up very well with the budget bookshelves. I listened to mini monitors, superones, psb alphas, B&W's, and found that the jbl's had better imaging and detail than most, although the sound is a little brighter than some of the other speakers. They are also fairly sensitive and easy to drive.
     
  5. Vin

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    I'm using HLS-620 towers for my mains and the HLS center (along with AR, The Edge wall mounted surrounds).
    If you like the sound of horn loaded tweeters (I do) [​IMG] you'll love this discontinued line from JBL. At the prices you can buy these speakers for now, I don't see how you can go wrong.
    Vin
     

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