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Features 1x 25mm tweeter, 2x 4" woofer, 1x 8"subwoofer per speaker with a 2x 200W RMS total output power, Bluetooth 4.2 + 802.11ac Wi-Fi Support and Google Assistant support. -SaltyOne

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I would never, ever buy a pair of speakers over $500 that is dependent on some app.

These things will fail, or the app will stop getting updated, or any myriad of things that will turn them into expensive doorstops.
I agree 100%. I looked into these out of curiosity because they might be tempting if the price keeps dropping. Somewhere around maybe $400 a pair I'd start considering them heavily just as awesome bluetooth speakers.

Bottom line it seems like they may be ok if you are basically just looking for a really nice pair of stereo bluetooth speakers for only music. But things get wonky if you try to set them up with the other pieces for ht use, multiple zones, or use them in HT due to latency issues. Add all that into having both wireless and amplifier failure modes, and the discounts make sense. I promise you they will never be compatible with any future product line, and whatever condition the firmware/software is currently at is all you are going to get.

I recommend anyone considering these look at them as simply kickass stationary bluetooth speaker, like a Studio Onyx on steroids. And even then I think you'd be a lot better off in the long run buying a nice ~$500 pair of towers and a standalone ~$300 bluetooth AVR, for example.

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Really tempted.. has anyone had a good experience with these along with the soundbar for TV and movies?
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HK makes beautiful hardware that sounds great but I haven't heard of a HK product that didn't come with a combination of firmware, connection or software issues/bugs.
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I would never, ever buy a pair of speakers over $500 that is dependent on some app.

These things will fail, or the app will stop getting updated, or any myriad of things that will turn them into expensive doorstops.
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HK makes beautiful hardware that sounds great but I haven't heard of a HK product that didn't come with a combination of firmware, connection or software issues/bugs.
I'm still using my AVR 20 that I got 20-25 years ago. No software issues or bugs here!
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HK makes beautiful hardware that sounds great but I haven't heard of a HK product that didn't come with a combination of firmware, connection or software issues/bugs.
I agree 100%. I looked into these out of curiosity because they might be tempting if the price keeps dropping. Somewhere around maybe $400 a pair I'd start considering them heavily just as awesome bluetooth speakers.

Bottom line it seems like they may be ok if you are basically just looking for a really nice pair of stereo bluetooth speakers for only music. But things get wonky if you try to set them up with the other pieces for ht use, multiple zones, or use them in HT due to latency issues. Add all that into having both wireless and amplifier failure modes, and the discounts make sense. I promise you they will never be compatible with any future product line, and whatever condition the firmware/software is currently at is all you are going to get.

I recommend anyone considering these look at them as simply kickass stationary bluetooth speaker, like a Studio Onyx on steroids. And even then I think you'd be a lot better off in the long run buying a nice ~$500 pair of towers and a standalone ~$300 bluetooth AVR, for example.
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I agree 100%. I looked into these out of curiosity because they might be tempting if the price keeps dropping. Somewhere around maybe $400 a pair I'd start considering them heavily just as awesome bluetooth speakers.

Bottom line it seems like they may be ok if you are basically just looking for a really nice pair of stereo bluetooth speakers for only music. But things get wonky if you try to set them up with the other pieces for ht use, multiple zones, or use them in HT due to latency issues. Add all that into having both wireless and amplifier failure modes, and the discounts make sense. I promise you they will never be compatible with any future product line, and whatever condition the firmware/software is currently at is all you are going to get.

I recommend anyone considering these look at them as simply kickass stationary bluetooth speaker, like a Studio Onyx on steroids. And even then I think you'd be a lot better off in the long run buying a nice ~$500 pair of towers and a standalone ~$300 bluetooth AVR, for example.
Any recommendations? Thanks!
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I bought it at $999 (last deal), currently asking them to do price adjustment, but I do like the sound and it looks really nice
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I agree 100%. I looked into these out of curiosity because they might be tempting if the price keeps dropping. Somewhere around maybe $400 a pair I'd start considering them heavily just as awesome bluetooth speakers.

Bottom line it seems like they may be ok if you are basically just looking for a really nice pair of stereo bluetooth speakers for only music. But things get wonky if you try to set them up with the other pieces for ht use, multiple zones, or use them in HT due to latency issues. Add all that into having both wireless and amplifier failure modes, and the discounts make sense. I promise you they will never be compatible with any future product line, and whatever condition the firmware/software is currently at is all you are going to get.

I recommend anyone considering these look at them as simply kickass stationary bluetooth speaker, like a Studio Onyx on steroids. And even then I think you'd be a lot better off in the long run buying a nice ~$500 pair of towers and a standalone ~$300 bluetooth AVR, for example.
Agrees. Skip wireless part and buy whichever model of edifier speakers (active powered, no need for amp) that meet yourr needs (w Bluetooth) for likely a better sound and way cheaper price. For more money amp and passive speakers (most preferred).
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Just took the plunge and bought these with the soundbar and sub. I haven't seen too many reviews on the Citation system, but it will no doubt be better than my current Samsung setup.
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Just took the plunge and bought these with the soundbar and sub. I haven't seen too many reviews on the Citation system, but it will no doubt be better than my current Samsung setup.
I have the entire setup and love it
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This has WiSA, right?
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I would never, ever buy a pair of speakers over $500 that is dependent on some app.

These things will fail, or the app will stop getting updated, or any myriad of things that will turn them into expensive doorstops.
Agreed, no speaker from 3-stars(samsung) worth $800
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The HK infinity line regularly pops up here on SD.

The towers (R253) have gone for as low as 161 ea. I think I got them for 199 ea? They were selling the R263 for that price last time around.

Get two of those, the center which has gone for as low as 135/165 (R252/R262) and you're at about 500. I also bought the R12 last year for 143, which is nowhere near the best sub you can get, but it's great enough at it's price point. I'm super happy with my setup. I've considered getting rear speakers, but don't feel like doing all the wiring for it.

https://slickdeals.net/e/13671737-infinity-reference-speakers-r152-bookshelf-135-rc252-135-r253-floorstanding-162-more-free-s-h?src=SiteSearch


I also purchased a Sony AVR for 300 and haven't had any issues with it either. It's now down to 280.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...b73adac48T
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