Acoustic Research HC5 Home Theater Speaker Systems

HC5

Home Theater Speaker System

User Reviews (6)

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jtroscinski   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 12, 2003]
Strength:

Clarity, no matter the volume.

Weakness:

Slight low mid range weakness.

I bought a refurbished set and can't be more pleased. They sound as good as my Infinity RS4000's, but have more bass definition. They have a clean sound. Their imaging isn't as good as the HC6's but it is good. The low midrange seems slightly weak, but can be compensated. It is highly unfortunate AR went out of business. It certainly wasn't due to a poor product, as much as poor management by Recoton. I understand Audiovox 'bought' them, but I haven't heard much since. This could be their high end product that could improve their brand equity, if they play their cards right.

Similar Products Used: HK, Infinity, Polk, Atlantic Research, Paradigm
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Techuser   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 20, 2003]
Strength:

Amazing Sound Double Driver Center Channel POWERfull subwoofer 5.1 speakers, wires and brackets in the same box!! Small and Sleek Look!!!

Weakness:

NOT exactly a weakness but I have to say it: Annoying bracket and stand installation (BUT SO WORTHY!!!) and not too many information in the box (like instructions and specs)

I bought these ones because of the reviews and to be honest I wasn't sure about it...however for $170 it was worth the try...YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW THIS SYSTEM ROCKS UNLESS YOU HAVE ONE!!! This is amazing the sub just pounds as a 20 lb. hammer, it comes with the floor spikes and all the circuitry to connect the front speakers throught it. Now the satellites, oh my friend the satellites ... these are so clear and accurate that you would not believe it!! And Small...you won't notice'em...and they come with the mounting brackets for the wall (kind of annoying to install but once done, they look very nice). And as if that is not enough, quality speaker wire is included in your kit...and is enough to wire a 144 sqft room. I bought the speaker stands from AR that match my system (ARStands HC5S) and again, they are annoying to install but once done...you'll be a happy man. They look sleek and modern with a nice AR logo on top of them. The center channel reproduces vivid and clear sounds and dialogues and comes with double driver instead of just one....I got them hooked up to my Onkyo TX-SR600 and I couldn't be happier!!!. With the same amount of money, I would buy this combination again...(Better than Yamaha's HT Boxes, Bose's 901-II and Acoustimass...)

Similar Products Used: Yamaha's HT in a Box Bose's Acoustimass, Lifetyle 35 JBL speakers
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
jmkross   Audio Enthusiast [May 29, 2003]
Strength:

Price. Size (Barely noticeable) Quality wire included in package. Looks. Good sound

Weakness:

Sometimes weak low end, even at volume. Bass a little too strong and perhaps too quick to turn off.

Pretty simple, for the price, these are damn good. I knew I wasn't getting the best speakers, nor was I getting the worst. They sound good, but they sound great when you crank the volume. The mids and mid-range bass are a little weak, but it can be helped with a little EQ tweaking. The sub is a little too thumpy sometimes, but that just means adjusting it too.

Similar Products Used: I tested a whole pile of systems.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Greg Dugger   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 18, 2003]
Strength:

Includes high quality speaker cable and mounting brackets.

Weakness:

None worth mentioning. (P.S.- A previous review mentioned that the blue indicator stays on continuously. This is not a problem if the power switch is set to "AUTO".

I highly recommend these speakers and challenge anyone to find a better deal than 139.99! Great sound, excellent bass and exceptional styling. I must admit that I was hesitant to order factory refurbished merchandise, but they arrived in perfect condition without even a small blemish!

Similar Products Used: Jamo Concert VII's Definitive Technology 1800 Subwoofer
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Rollie Seibert   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 25, 2003]
Strength:

Absolutely clear, crisp and clean over the whole spectrum (I'm particularly sensitive to the high end). Satelites are amazingly small and light. Best sub-woofer I've ever heard.

Weakness:

Sub-woofer is fairly large

The AR HC5 speaker system blew me away! I heard them at CES in Las Vegas and ordered a set for my daughter. But first I set them up at home so I could compare them to my very expensive ($2000+)speaker system. In surround mode I couldn't tell the difference! (actually the sub-woofer outperformed my M&K).

Similar Products Used: JBL, Paradigm, Infinity, M&K, Klipsch, Polk
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Richard Villena   Casual Listener [Dec 20, 2002]
Strength:

the bass module rocks. sound reproduction is clean.

Weakness:

the blue light from the subwoofer is annoying staying on at all times. speaker wires are hard to put in the speaker sockets because they are small.

Just got the unit setup in my family room. I bought this unit blind and the looks of it got my attention. I bought the silver one. I'm a bit familiar with AR because I got to test some of their speakers when I used to work at Fry's Electronics. They sounded great to me and I did not hear any distortion when I tested them in high volumes and that impressed me very much. This unit sounds great to me eventhough some of its reviews are pretty bad. I am a heavy bass listener(hip hop and high energy) and the subwoofer truly delivers. I have it hooked up to an old Kenwood KR-X1000. The center channnel and the satellites are also very clear and accurate.

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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