Onkyo SKS-HT500 or Acoustic Research HC6?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Ryan Peter, May 26, 2003.

  1. Ryan Peter

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  2. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Ryan,

    May I ask why you are leaning towards the Onkyo? I can not
    recommend the HC-6 system highly enough. Onkyo is known for
    building good electronics, not speakers. AR is known for
    building great speakers.

    The HC-6 system is a very warm and inviting sound and the
    build quality is phenominal.

    I would listen to both (if you can)

    You can get the HC-6 directly off eBay for less than $400.00
    and that's an absolute bargain.
     
  3. Ryan Peter

    Ryan Peter Screenwriter

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    Hi Brett,

    Thanks for the opinion! I'll definitely take it into consideration. I was leaning towards the Onkyo because of all the reviews I read on bang for its back. A review I saw of the HC6 complained about loss of detail when the volume goes up.

    The problem might be the enthusiastic reviews I've read about the Onkyo were more aimed at its low price to quality ratio, while the HC6 is a more expensive MSRP and the reviews for that were based on a higher expectation?

    If I get the HC6, I'm going to get it from etronic for $340 shipped. Hmm... now you have me leaning towards that one. [​IMG]
     
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    I was researching this last week -- I ended up ordering the AR HC6s from etronics... I expect them on Thursday and think I'll be quite happy with my choice! [​IMG]

    - John...
     
  5. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Ryan,

    The problem with any of these smallish systems is that
    people cram them into large rooms and expect high SPL's from
    them. That is not going to happen with the HC-6 or even
    thousands of dollars worth of small satelites from high end
    companies.

    If the HC-6 is used in a small to mid sized room you will
    get plenty of clean, detailed sound that won't be hard on
    the ears or wallet.

    Another option would be to check out the JBL NSP1 package
    and a Sony SAWM-40 or Dayton DLS 10" Sub Woofer from Parts
    Express.
     
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    RYAN SAID:
    If I get the HC6, I'm going to get it from etronic for $340 shipped. Hmm... now you have me leaning towards that one.
    [​IMG]

    Brett (poppa AR) tends to have that effect on people when it comes to AR.[​IMG]
     
  8. Dale B

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    Hi Ryan. U Bid super store has the black hc 6's and the silver ones. They are 266 dollars with $2.49 shipping. Seems like a great deal.
     
  9. Brett DiMichele

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    DaleB,

    the HC-6 only comes in Gloss Black Piano Laquer Finish. I
    bet the setup UBid has is the HC-5 (which is nice but not
    as nice as the HC-6 and yes it's less money everywhere).
     
  10. AdamV

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    Hi Ryan,

    I have the AR HC6's and I am very happy with them. I have a medium sized room (22x12) which opens up into my dining room and the AR's play well, for movies and music. If you decide to get the speakers, get stands. They are rear ported and they look nicer standing alone any how. I suggest you check Parts Express.

    But your best bet is to listen to them for yourself. Everyone has an opinion as to what THEY LIKE.

    Good Luck and Happy hunting.
     
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    Sorry Brett,you are right. I was seeing the hc-5. My mistake.
     
  12. Ryan Peter

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    Thanks guys, going with the HC6.

    Opinions appreciated!
     
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    Sounds good Ryan, be sure to let us know what you think of your new AR speakers system.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  14. Brett DiMichele

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    I just have to chime in again here...

    I agree with AdamV about stands but with one caveat..

    I would mount the L/R Surrounds on Omnimount Brackets so
    that they can be positioned anywhere you want them. But the
    main L/R I would run on a nice set of stands.. Since the
    Satelites of the HC-6 setup have the standard 1/4-20
    threaded hole in the back, this gives you many stand options.
     

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