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Athena Micra 6 Question

 

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Username: Dain

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jul-06
Any fellow Canadians out there have the Athena Micra 6 mini HT system?

I'm curious as to what the consensus is on its performance.. I picked it up for $300 at futureshop as I'd read many extremely positive reviews on it (especially from a price/value viewpoint).

Can someone give me some input/info as to whether they are worth the price, and which receiver best matches them?

Also, if I plan on listening more than 50% to music versus home theatre applications (in a small apartment), how much better could I make my system sound by going for bookshelves etc in a comparable price range (maybe up to $500)? Are the micras at all usable for music listening (obviously not super critical listening, but will they really suck?)

Thanks!
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 8847
Registered: Dec-03
Can non-Canadians answer this?
 

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Username: Dain

Post Number: 5
Registered: Jul-06
Absollutely not! ;)

..

Just kidding, go ahead! Any info is good info. I just figured they would be more widespread up north here, that's all.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 8856
Registered: Dec-03
I think that the Athena Micra 6's are an excellent set of speakers and do really well with music. They have excellent detail and clarity. And I don't think they suck at all.

What receiver will you be using with these?
 

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Username: Dain

Post Number: 6
Registered: Jul-06
Well I picked up a Pioneer VSX-816k the other day as I had read some recommendations that it would go well with the "bright" sound of the athenas.

So far it sounds quite good though the speakers are not broken in yet and I can't really test them properly.

One thing I did notice is that there seems to be quite an audible background noise - hiss - from the speakers when the receiver master volume is turned up.. I can hear it in quiet parts of movies especially. Is this normal? Would it help if I replaced the speaker wire they came with with a thicker guage?

Other than that I don't think I've quite figured out how to set up the surround sound properly, it's still sounding very localized (ie I can localize the back speakers when specific sounds are channeled there). Lots o things to learn still =D
 

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Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 4349
Registered: Mar-05
speaker hiss is usually the fault of the receiver.

If you want dead quiet, zero noise floor, look into the Panasonic sa-xr55/57 digitals. Not sure how well they'd match with the Micras, though if your usage is mostly HT they should be fine.
 

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Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 4350
Registered: Mar-05
oh btw, with over 50% music listening I'd definitely just buy a pair of bookshelves for the cost of the Micras and add a cheap sub like the Athena as-p4000.

Onix xl-s at $200/pair come to mind.
 

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Username: Dain

Post Number: 7
Registered: Jul-06
Thanks for the help. What specifically about the receiver would cause the speaker hiss? Is it something I can fix?

And why do you suggest the Onix x-ls? As opposed to any number of the other speakers around that price range?
 

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Username: Dain

Post Number: 8
Registered: Jul-06
(I ask because I seem to be able to find glowing reviews of just about all speakers at around 2-300 with the exception on Bose :/)
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