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Ok yeah so im big in the car audio but also i am in home theater. I love my movies. So i was wondering about if anyone knows anything about Athens brand speakers? I want these and might get the next week for my left and right channel. This is my home theater, yes it's a pioneer, http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...728223,00.html and these are the speakers i want. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Fencoding=UTF8

Right now im running sonys all the way around. But now im slowly upgrading speakers.
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one of my friends had some athena dipoles for the back two in his 6 channel get up with a pioneer receiver and they sounded good. by the way that is one nice receiver that you have there
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one of my friends had some athena dipoles for the back two in his 6 channel get up with a pioneer receiver and they sounded good. by the way that is one nice receiver that you have there
Thanks. I really appreciate it alot! It sounds awsome! id get pics but im at work. Yeah i like the way athena sounds and looks. but jus need some info. That reciever has a **** load of iteams to go through! lol i love it. But now im trying to beef up the home audio now.
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Athenas are really good! I have a friend that had a set.

You could also try building your own... That way you know where that 600 bucks went.

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Receiver looks great and those speakers look good. Do you know how tall they are? And 150Watts is pretty good, especially if your gonna have multiples of it.
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well i'm not sure if this matters to you or not but i don't see if it has a way to wire the tweeters and woofers separately. i'm not even sure that it makes a difference but my Yamahas are separated
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Receiver looks great and those speakers look good. Do you know how tall they are? And 150Watts is pretty good, especially if your gonna have multiples of it.

They are about thigh high. Yeah im going to have 7 channels of speakers in the room. It sounds awsome with the sony's. I could anly imagine what it would sound like with better speakers!?
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well i'm not sure if this matters to you or not but i don't see if it has a way to wire the tweeters and woofers separately. i'm not even sure that it makes a difference but my Yamahas are separated
no im sure they have their independent drivers in there. all speakers are different. they sound pretty good, from best buy that is
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They look nice, but I'm still wondering how you get 60 Hertz lows using two 3.5" speakers and 4 passive radiators. Most thin arrays are built for mid/highs, and are coupled with large subwoofers for home theaters.
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yeah your right about that. never thought of that
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yeah your right about that. never thought of that
Not that there is anything wrong with arrays like that, but you have to consider all the componets when building a system. In the good old days , you would buy a two or four speakers. Usually, they were tower speakers with a 12-8" woofer, 6-4" mid and a dome or horn tweeter. That was it, you were done.

Nowdays, you have have 5-7 speakers, all with different properties. People wanted small enclosures to hide in the room, so the manufacturers developed component sets. The sets usually sound great, but you have to install all their components. The speakers have become specialized for their particular location. Front speakers handle dialog and music, so they are mid/high. Rears do surround effects, so they are often run bipolar for diffuse sound. The subs now handle LFE (low freq effect), and need to be large cones.

What I'm trying to say is that you have to consider how new speakers will fit with your home theater "plan". You can't just buy the best ones, and throw them in the mix anymore. You have to consider placement, freq response, efficiency, and other factors. Often, first time HT consumers will just buy component sets or multiples of the same speaker (along with a sub).

I'm not saying that these speakers are bad, but they seem to be designed to intergrate into a component set. With only 2 active drivers, they appear to be good for center or rear channels, but I'd be leery of them as front speakers. I like my front speakers to move lots of air, which usually means at least an 8-12 inch woofer. This makes movies come alive for me. But that's just my 2 cents, some people like a smaller, more precise speaker in the front.
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yeah but i have no bass coming out of my speakers. all my lows pass thru them and go to my 12" powered sub.
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yeah but i have no bass coming out of my speakers. all my lows pass thru them and go to my 12" powered sub.
Does that mean you have a crossover to filter the lows, or are you sending the signal thru a sub amp first?
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The 60hz could have been an in room measurement. If you place your speakers correctly, the lower frequencies can be magnified. I'm sure all of you know that, but I was just putting it out there. Also, if you measure a subwoofer in a room you may get response down to 20hz, or in an anechoic chamber (non-echo-ing) the response will only go down to about 35hz.

Most companies don't put the anechoic mesurements out for subwoofers becuase of that, but they do put out the anechoic measurements for the frequency response becuase it makes them look better.

Truth is... if you place the speaker more than 3 meters away from you, the response gets worse and worse. The response also changes from the amplifier, EQ, and/or the SPL level from each speaker. And even temperature in the room, barometric pressure, and hieght above sea level. So the response you see on paper is nothing, really.

Go listen to the speakers before you buy them. That's the best way to buy speakers. Make sure you're goin to be happy with them, so you don't feel like you've spent your money on some crappy speakers.
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I love my athena speakers!! The whole Athena brand got great reviews from a number of reputable magazines(stereophile, sound and vision, the absolute sound) and thats what turned me on to the brand. I have the AS-F2 for fronts, AS-C1 for center, and AS-B2 for rears. They sound outstanding. They are being powered by a Denon 4800 receiver and wired with audioquest speaker wire. The neighbors enjoy the system too haha. Keep in mind with home theater how the room is layed out and what kind of listening you like to do. My F2's are great for the action movies i like, and rock music I listen to. This is fairly true of larger speakers, especally because i am currently not running a sub because of the apartment living situation. So if you have the ability to run a sub, it will make any speaker sound better. Bottom like though, just like rolla guy said, listen to the speakers before you buy them. if they meet your approval, go for it!! Happy Listening!
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good point! Yeah i actually am also looking into buying a dual 12" sub instead of my one 8in. il keep my eyes out
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