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    Question Surround Setup for Sierra 2 as Front L/R

    I have a pair of Sierra 2's and am eventually going to go for a 7.1.4 setup once my new home in finished. I'm also thinking of upgrading them to EX. The living room area is 20' x 17' with a 120" screen on the 20' wall. The ceiling is vaulted with beams.

    I've been thinking of getting 8 HTM-200 SE for surrounds and heights, which would be $1,200‬.
    There's also the option of getting 4 Lunas for surrounds and 4 HTM-200 SE for heights, which would be $2,900‬.

    I don't know how the Luna's would compare as surrounds for an extra $1,700‬, as that's quite a bit of money just for surrounds if it's only a marginal improvement. I'm open to other speaker ideas too for heights if HTM-200 SE don't work well on the ceiling.

    As far as the center goes, it would have to be placed under the 120" screen and angled up, so it wouldn't be at the same ear level as the left and rights. The Horizon's height is 11" while the Sierra 2 (on its side) is 7.5". I'm not sure if the Horizon would sound better in this setup.

    Looking forward to feedback

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    Default Re: Surround Setup for Sierra 2 as Front L/R

    Quote Originally Posted by hutt132 View Post
    I have a pair of Sierra 2's and am eventually going to go for a 7.1.4 setup once my new home in finished. I'm also thinking of upgrading them to EX. The living room area is 20' x 17' with a 120" screen on the 20' wall. The ceiling is vaulted with beams.

    I've been thinking of getting 8 HTM-200 SE for surrounds and heights, which would be $1,200‬.
    There's also the option of getting 4 Lunas for surrounds and 4 HTM-200 SE for heights, which would be $2,900‬.

    I don't know how the Luna's would compare as surrounds for an extra $1,700‬, as that's quite a bit of money just for surrounds if it's only a marginal improvement. I'm open to other speaker ideas too for heights if HTM-200 SE don't work well on the ceiling.

    As far as the center goes, it would have to be placed under the 120" screen and angled up, so it wouldn't be at the same ear level as the left and rights. The Horizon's height is 11" while the Sierra 2 (on its side) is 7.5". I'm not sure if the Horizon would sound better in this setup.

    Looking forward to feedback
    The Luna's will provide a near perfect blend with your Sierra-2 fronts and they also have much wider dispersion, which leads to a more spacious and immersive surround field. That said, if your budget is limited -- I think your money will be better spent going with the EX upgrade for your Sierra-2 and since your room is large, I would strongly recommend going with the Horizon center.

    No concern at all about the slight differences in height between the Horizon and Sierra-2 tweeters. You will be sitting at a far enough distance away that these differences will not be audible.

    Hope this helps!
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    Default Re: Surround Setup for Sierra 2 as Front L/R

    Quote Originally Posted by davef View Post
    The Luna's will provide a near perfect blend with your Sierra-2 fronts and they also have much wider dispersion, which leads to a more spacious and immersive surround field. That said, if your budget is limited -- I think your money will be better spent going with the EX upgrade for your Sierra-2 and since your room is large, I would strongly recommend going with the Horizon center.

    No concern at all about the slight differences in height between the Horizon and Sierra-2 tweeters. You will be sitting at a far enough distance away that these differences will not be audible.

    Hope this helps!
    Hi Dave, what do you think about the Wavecrest HVL-1 vs HTM-200 SE as surrounds to match Sierra 2 EX (LR)? Sub would be crossed over at 80Hz. I already have a pair of HVL-1, and based on the graphs they seem to go lower, but reviews tend to agree that HTM-200 SE have a better tweeter.

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    Default Re: Surround Setup for Sierra 2 as Front L/R

    Quote Originally Posted by hutt132 View Post
    Hi Dave, what do you think about the Wavecrest HVL-1 vs HTM-200 SE as surrounds to match Sierra 2 EX (LR)? Sub would be crossed over at 80Hz. I already have a pair of HVL-1, and based on the graphs they seem to go lower, but reviews tend to agree that HTM-200 SE have a better tweeter.
    HTM-200's are the much better choice compared to the HVL-1 for use as surrounds with Sierra-2EX. HVL-1's are not timbre matched to any Ascend speakers.
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    Default Re: Surround Setup for Sierra 2 as Front L/R

    I too have Sierra 2s as front speakers and am planning to expand to a 7.4 setup. I was thinking of going with Lunas for surrounds, but HTM 200s for surround backs. This is another option to consider somewhere between the cost of the two options that you are considering. After getting my new Denon reciever with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, the surrounds are much more noticeable, where I think that the extra money for the Lunas would be worth it for me. The surround backs being behind my head and getting much less use, I feel like I could skimp on and not lose much, if anything at all.

    I too am planning for a 120 screen, however since my theater room is in the basement I only have 7 foot ceilings. When I started working out how much distance would be left for a center channel speaker and I was kind of surprised. I too wanted to go with the Horizon, but it is just too tall. I can only fit the Sierra Duo LCR. Not sure if the Horizon a foot or so off of the ground would be that great.

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