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SpeakerResearchAudition (Y/N)NotesAudition Date
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Martin Logan LX163/8/2012NGreat finish on the speaker / no real review with quantitative data (graphs) - matter of fact, not a lot of reviews period / well within budget / would fit it surround spots in room / not available locally for sale or audition / prefer L/R to be floorstanders (at least for the 1st set of speakers I get)
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Paradigm Studio 1002/27/2012YGood aethestics / center channels has 3 offerings / several choices for surrounds / available from local dealer / reviews from several HTS members supporting the speaker / price to set up 7 speaker system within 5k budget / well-respected speakers2/27/2012
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Klipsch RF-73/8/2012Nice looking speakers - copper mids really shows off the drivers / moderately over budget based on MSRP / several choices for surrounds and CC / high sensitivity leads one to consider them "bright" / checking with Klipsch to find a dealer that has them available to audition - Klipsch severly unhelpful - all they gave me was a list of dealers that I could have pulled from their website - going to have to contact individual dealers to see if any have these on the floor
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Focal Chorus 836V 3/13/2012YNice looking speakers - prefer the ebony finish / has 3 choices for surrounds / center channel looks a little underwhelming / generally Focal is said to be a more musical speaker / meets budget / cannot find an 836 dealer close by, but I can find an 826 locally - will give this a listen to get impressions (they have the 806V and 814V) knowing 836 will be a bit more dynamic
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Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1 Tower 2/27/2012YGood aesthetics / matching center and surrounds / meets budget / owned by HTS member willing to allow me to visit to audition 
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Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower w/ RAAL tweeter2/27/2012YGood aesthetics / matching center and surrounds / meets budget / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison4/14/2012
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Dynaudio X363/9/2012NOK looking speakers - not eye-capturing - 2 towers and 2 surrounds available / moderately over budget for 7.0 system at MSRP / reviews seem to be mixed / checking to see if there is a dealer close by - dealer followed up and they only carry the X32 - will not go out of my way to get a listen
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Thiel CS2.4YVery unique looking speakers due to the time coherence design / moderately over stated budget / 2 CC and 2 surround options available with 13 different finish options / available locally for audition 3/15/2012
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Energy V6.33/21/2012clean lines / nice looking speaker with grills on or off / within stated budget / surround or bookshelf option / one CC available / have not been able to locate a dealer - sent an email to support to attempt to locate one
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Energy RC703/21/2012Good aesthetics w/grills on or off / well within budget / only one bookshelf and one CC option / sent an email to support
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Monitor Audio RX8 3/20/2012Ywell within budget / nice looking speaker - very clean and looks good with grills off as well / onc CC and 3 surround options available / dealer in Chicago area has both the RX6 and RX8 / several finishes available
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Monitor Audio RX63/20/2012Ywell within budget / nice looking speaker - very clean and looks good with grills off as well / onc CC and 3 surround options available / dealer in Chicago area has both the RX6 and RX8 / several finishes available
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Salk Songtowers w LCY tweeter2/27/2012YGood aesthetics / matching center and surrounds / slightly over budget depending on upgrade options / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison4/14/2012
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Salk Sound Veracity HT2 w/ LCY tweeter2/27/2012YGood aesthetics / matching center and surrounds / significantly over my stated budget / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison4/14/2012
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B&W CM93/21/2012YLike the look of the black gloss - drivers really offset it well (grills off) / within budget / available at local shop for audition / 2 bookshelf and 1 CC available
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Salk Soundscape 102/27/2012YGood aesthetics / matching center channel / matching surrounds too big for my application / well over my stated budget / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison with designer in attendance4/14/2012
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SVS MTS023/27/2012YNice, clean looking speaker with grills on-off / solid reviews / HTS members who are owners all give good reviews / CC underwhelming / within budget / 2 surround options / manufactured by HTS sponsor so support responses would be quicker
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Vandersteen 2CE Sig 1
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CHT SHO-103/27/2012Yattending the CHT April GTG - not a floorstander like I would prefer but reviews from HTS members have all been good - well within budget / not sure on surround options - L/C/R would all be same monitors / UPDATE - GTG pushed back to October - might have to get a couple to audition in house.
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PSB Image T55 tower2/27/2012YGood aethetics / T55 appears to be discontinued however many other offerings with many center / surround options / meets budget / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison
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NHT Classic Four
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Philharmonic 22/27/2012YGood aesthetics / unsure of matching center and surrounds / meets budget / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison with designer in attendance4/14/2012
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Golden Ear Triton Two TowerYavailable at local shop - aesthetically OK looking / within budget / CC underwhelming / reviews have been mostly positive3/15/2012 - also 3/23/2012
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Martin Logan ESL Theos
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Axiom Audio MP80
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KEF R900 / Q900
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Magnepan 1.7 or 3.6 (used)
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Polk LSiM707
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Vapor Audio Joule2/27/2012YUnsure of speaker design and matching center / surrounds / price unknown / one of the speakers at the SE WI GTG with 5 other speakers for comparison with designer in attendance
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JBL LSR 6332
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Revel X12
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Pioneer S4-EX
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Genelec 8040A
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ACA Trinity
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RBH 1044-SE
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PSB Synchrony one / Two3/19/2012Ynice looking speaker with grills on or off / relatively short drive for audition for both these as well as the T and T2 towers / 2 CC, 2 bookshelf and a surround speaker options / B Stock available that brings both into budget / reviews have been very good3/23/2012
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Procella P8
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German Maestro HD-PF 200
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Soundfield Audio Monitor 1
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PSB Image T23/23/2012YAvailable at Saturday Audio where I will be listening to many others on this list3/23/2012
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Totem Acoustic Hawks3/23/2012YAvailable at Saturday Audio where I will be listening to many others on this list3/23/2012
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Sonus Faber Liuto3/23/2012YAvailable at Saturday Audio where I will be listening to many others on this list3/23/2012
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Seaton Catalyst4/14/2012Yadded to the SE WI GTG4/14/2012
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JTR Triple 12-HT lp4/14/2012Yadded to the SE WI GTG4/14/2012
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