Originally Posted by Randy_J
From what i know both are supposed to be nice speakers. The htm will be better than the volts but if the space doesn't work that way for you then go with the volts.
Then for subs what is your budget and size constraints. Is there going to to be a WAF issue. Most of the sube people around here are going to recommend are going to be 18" and up. If you want to be in the big dog territory then you could go with something like a SI Hs-24 and a sp1-4000 amp to drive it. My guess is the sub might go on sale black Friday so you could get both sub and amp for 2k or so.
No WAF so long as they arent a dog house. I was considering 2x of 18".
Originally Posted by markg35
Almost all the DIY Soundgroup designs are going to require a decent subwoofer or multiples(especially for movie theater response).
What you were referring to are "buttkickers" which aren't going to replace subwoofers but add tactile response.
The HTM suggestion is a great one.The only issue I see is room for your center channel.Is there any way to increase that dimension?
I just wanted the butt kickers to enhance the experience with dual subs.
I'm not opposed to purchasing a new media stand. I forgot to mention my TV is wall mounted and a pain in the ass to move the TV. If push comes to shove I could, but would prefer to move the media stand TBH.
Originally Posted by Purenv
As for the comparison, the HTM series is “better” but, I suggested the Volt series because of your size constraints for your center channel. Plus the Volts work great for mains, surrounds, and Atmos speakers.
That would be the ideal situation to have all the speakers the same... well except you will need at least 2 subwoofers.
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Thank you. I can get a new media stand for the HTMs.
Are there any other less expensive options for the atmos speakers? I was reading online you don't need crazy ones and 400 for them seems crazy, but I don't know **** about anything so I'll let the experienced people chime in.
Originally Posted by smcmillan2
OP should not be afraid of mixing different speakers up front either. I have HTM-10s for L/R and a Volt-6 as a center due to space constraints (build threads in my sig). They work very well together...
I was told that you want to have the L/R/C the same whenever possible so everything sounds better.
Originally Posted by mhutchins
Since you are willing to go with a new table to support the TV, I would definitely go with the HTM-12s for LCR duty and use the Volts for surrounds. I have the DIYSG "Cheap Thrills" which is a 15" woofer and the 12"waveguide/compression driver (tweeter) for my LCR and the original Volt 10's for my 4 surround channels. You will not be disappointed with the sound field produced by the HTM-12/Volt-10 combo. The slightly larger HTM-12s over the Volt-10s will yield better dynamics, eg you will jump from the impact of gunshots in action movies or door slams in suspense thrillers. It is for this reason that I recommend the combo rather than Volt-10s all around.
With regards to subs, go as big as you can get away with and as many as you can squeeze into the room. Hide them under end tables or behind sofas. There are diminishing returns after two subs, but there are definite advantages to increasing the number up to 4 dispersed evenly around the room. Multiple subs will combat room modes which cause uneven bass energy in different parts of the room, both vertically and horizontally.
Sorry I forgot to mention my TV is wall mounted, but I can still get a new media stand.
Would you recommend the volt-10 for the surround in my set up?
What about atmos speakers?
Thank you for the information Mike.
Would you say 2 bigger subs is better than 4 smaller ones?