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  1. Effortless and Immersive Review by tubesorbust
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    I waited about 3 months before writing this review. Effortless. That’s what I get out of these speakers. The efficiency is mind blowing. I built a LCR for my dedicated HT and the movie experience is immersive. Anything I throw at them they take it with ease. I have no regrets building these speakers. Also Erich was absolutely helpful in answering my questions before and during the build. I would have no problem recommending these kits to anyone. (Posted on 4/21/17)

  2. The most dynamic speaker I have ever heard Review by Jon L.
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    TLDR; These speakers offer clarity and dynamic range that is unrivaled. Also, buy the flatpacks to make your life easier!

    I am fairly young (21) and have been into audio for only a few years, but in that time I've had the chance to listen to dozens of speaker designs thanks to my long time audiophile father. He and I are always buying and selling speakers. Currently, we own some JBL L7 (only to resell) and some Vandersteen Model 2. The L7 retailed for $2250 when adjusted for inflation and the Vandersteen 2 retail today for $2560. Neither of these speakers even come close to touching the Fusion 15. My review is simply "I love everything about these speakers." So here are some thoughts from my family members.

    My father has been seriously into audio for many years. He has owned many cult classics and unique designs such as Dynaco A25/A30XL, any and all Advents, JBL 4410, Ohm Walsh 2, dbx SF-10, Magnepan, and currently the Vandersteen 2. He also sold very nice designs in an audio shop such as offerings from ESS. His immediate impressions of the Fusion 15 were that they offered excellent clarity and transient response unlike anything he had heard. He had me A/B them against his Vandersteen and his conclusion was that the Model 2 sounded veiled and lacked detail compared to the Fusion 15.

    Another person to whom I auditioned these speakers was my uncle. He has run a vintage audio repair company for many years now and he has experienced hundreds of speakers, some reaching into the $5000 range and above. He personally STILL uses his Smaller Advents that he has owned for ~40 years. He told me that the speakers offered clarity unlike any speakers he had heard before. He said speakers will emphasize one part of the sound range and you can pick out what that range is. He did not notice that with these speakers. He said these brought out clarity across the entire range. He said he has never heard a speaker that acts quite like the Fusion 15.

    One last audition I'd like to mention was when I auditioned these speakers for my 89 year old grandfather. He is by no means an audiophile, and he has severe hearing loss but nonetheless, he told me he could hear music he had never noticed before when we listened to Beethoven's 5th. He was amazed that "I' was capable of building those speakers. (In reality I was only just good at following an absolutely great design by Matt!)

    I personally can't wait to start my next DIY project. The Fusion 15 were an excellent product to build. I love their sound and they look amazing! I haven't ever heard another speaker that can pump out a constant 110 dB while still sounding so musical at all volumes. If you'd like to see a log of my build, you can check it out here: http://imgur.com/a/xn9sF

    Additional little but useful things to buy for this build:

    5" x 7" crossover board: Parts Express #260-192 ($5 for both)
    2 pairs of binding posts: Parts Express #091-1245 (Buy these from DIYSG for only $14 for 2 sets)

    After buying extra supplies and the offered flat packs, I spent about $1000 and that is one hell of a price for this level of performance. These speakers do not disappoint. (Posted on 1/18/17)

  3. Custom cabinet build for full range stereo and no sub Review by Roach
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    My quest was to relive my late 80's big speaker stereo setup using no sub.
    Over the years I just didn't have the space to even think about this. Got caught up in the usual tiny speaker with sub syndrome. Now we have an open finished basement and after too much thinking and research I dove into the fusion 15. Went big with cabinet to get big full range with no sub.
    Always been a fan of horns going back to klipch hearesys and cornwalls.
    My fusion 15's are amazing! After tons of help from Matt with the mock up builds I have achieved more that I wanted. The speakers sound beautiful.
    Made me realize how over the years making compromises to music sources has corrupted my ears.
    I will never buy production speakers again.
    I'm now working on full range Volt 10's for living room.
    Then some Volt 8's for computer speakers.
    And then....... :) (Posted on 12/17/16)

  4. An excellent speaker Review by Dyna
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    Upfront, I do design and build my own speakers normally, however I decided to give one of these diysg speakers a shot for fun. These are a fine speaker, with great sensitivity. Vocals are clear, voicing is well sorted, and dynamics are conveyed with great power. I've got about 350w on them right now, and they're happy as a pig in poop.

    I would not hesitate to recommend this speaker to anyone at this price point, they're great. Easily betters just about anything you can walk into big box store with for music or cinema purposes.

    Build this one with confidence, you won't be disappointed.

    (Posted on 9/27/16)

  5. Amazing speakers Review by ClausDK
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    I replaced my Dynaudio Contour S5.4 with these speakers, thats how good they are.

    I mostly watch movies and felt these dynamic speakers were a better match for movies than the Dynaudios they replaced.

    Even without EQ they never sound harsh and stereo imaging is very good.

    I am considering 7 x these for a complete surround system! (Posted on 7/31/16)

  6. Amazing. Most impressive speakers I have owned Review by David Varner
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    Why are you reading this review hit the order button already. These speakers are unbelievable espcially at this price point. I have never built a speaker before and the flat pack kit was a piece of cake to put togather. If you want a premade crossover or a PCB board to solder to contact mtg90 on AVSforum.com. I have had these speakers for over a month now and they just continue to impress. Music, movies, DJ gigs these speakers are hand downs a winner. You would be hard pressed to find this quality in any speaker at any price. I bought 3 for my LCR and am more than pleased. I took these outside for party and put over 1000w per speaker(not reccomended please follow designers reccomendation) to each one and they could be clearly heard on the other side of a 50 acre farm. I could not get the least bit of distortion no matter how loud I cranked em. (Posted on 6/13/16)

  7. Clarity, Balance, Depth and Power Review by Michael Bohdanowicz - Ontario, Canada
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    It's taken me a year to write this review so I guess you could say I should be over the "honeymoon" stage.... but I'm not.

    I'm no audiophile, nor do I claim to be a speaker expert so my review will be based on what I have personally experienced with these insane speakers.

    I purchased 2 Fusion Sentinel's to replace the Klipsch RF-82's I had as my fronts. The idea was that I would use the RF-82's to my rears.

    I did a lot of research and decided to order the speakers with the flat packs. Assembly was extremely easy. Having extra clamps is key. Assembling the crossovers was arguably the "hardest" part. Being that it was my first time ever soldering the crossovers took me a couple of hours to put together.

    The first time I hooked these puppies up I was in complete awe with what I heard. The Klipsch RF-82's had great mid bass punch but tended to get a little too bright for my tastes when pushed above 100db, especially with music.

    I did not notice it before but the Klipsch sounded localized compared to these beasts. The best way to describe it would be that the Sentinels sounded like they were 10-15 feet further back compared to the Klipsch RF-82's. When the Klipsch were playing you could close your eyes and point to the location of the speaker. With the Sentinels the sound just seems to come from everywhere. It was like listening to a live band at a pub vs listening to a song on a ipod dock in comparison.

    At first I was not 100% satisfied with the amount of mid bass these speakers put out. Being a relative amateur my first thought was that my Yamaha 7.2 3 zone receiver was running out of juice. I discovered (months later) that Yamaha YPAO room correction was correctly balancing the mid and top end but was dialing back the bass and mid bass waay too much.

    My theater room is not perfect (L Shaped) and unfortunately is not enclosed. A LOT of bass escapes the listing area so I came to the conclusion that the YPAO does not correctly account for these types of rooms.

    Once I manually corrected the gain on the lower end from -8 db (YPAO) to +3db my jaw literally dropped. If I wasn't such a manly man I probably would have cried. The beast had awakened.

    If you found your way to this site and are considering these speakers DO NOT HESITATE. I simply cannot say praise these speakers enough. When the wife and kids are away I routinely push these speakers into the 125+ db range paired with 2 Stonehenge 18" sub-woofers.

    The Klipsch RF-82's were great for club/dance music that are heavy into the mid bass and treble range. They are also great for movies movies but lacked something when the sounds it was trying to reproduce did not invole a building exploding or glass breaking.

    In comparison, the Sentinels don't care what you throw at them, they will exceed your expectations with whatever you throw at them. The glass shattering sounds sharper and you will FEEL the sound pressure on your chest as the building explodes but it won't overwhelm the other sounds in the scene.

    You will also start to hear things in songs you never noticed before from subtle coughs or a vocalist inhaling to a slightly missed cord.

    I've never been a fan of Classical music so when my wife had one of her friends over and asked me to throw on some Andrea Bocelli I grudgingly complied. I can honestly say I have never felt so emotional whilst listening to a song. I was blown away. The Sentinel's let me hear something I did not think existed. The dynamic range and build up were perfectly balanced. I honestly felt like I was in a concert hall listening to this guy sing 20 feet away from me.

    Unlike the Klipsch these speakers do not get "screechy" or increasingly bright when pushed hard. They maintain balance and clarity right up to the point where your ears start to bleed. (and all this on a Yamaha 7.2 receiver)

    In short, the Sentinels are not just a step up from the Klipsch rf-82's, they are in another league entirely.




    (Posted on 5/12/16)

  8. Awesome speaker! Review by doc5150
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    After a week of listening all i can say is that these things are awesome. They are sooo clear and have plenty of bass. At this time i am running them on an 25 year old reciever and these things will blow you out of the room with not alot of power. I have never had a high quality speaker until now... I get it now :) (Posted on 1/16/16)

  9. Two thumbs way up Review by Cory
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    I built a 5ft^3 enclosure with a 2”X16”X5” long slot port. They will be my mains with an 88 special center and LX10 surrounds. So far I have used them just a few times once in a small gymnasium powered by a Crown x2002 (normally my sub amp), and once in the garage powered by a two decade old Kenwood receiver. But they sound amazing plenty of bass for my needs. They didn’t bottom out once even when driven by the 400 what pro amp and more than filling a half court sized gym. I don’t have any measurements and I might be the first to build Matt’s recommended box for them. In this configuration for music they don’t need a sub. Sound is full well balanced with plenty of punch and sounds wonderful. Even powered by the old Kenwood there was plenty of sound and no distortion. The boxes are large but the footprint is not that different then the recommended box and the extension is worth it. If you can fit them I Highly recommend:) (Posted on 1/7/16)

  10. Sentinel V2 Review by sampsdds
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    These puppies are nothing short of stunning! They have outstanding clarity and could easily be used in stereo without a sub as the range extends nicely into the mid-bass realm while also providing crystal clear highs. The waveguide allows for great sound at all seating positions when in L/C/R capacity for a home theater.

    My three Sentinels are paired with two 18" subs in 11 cubic ft. ported enclosures, and the original volt 10s used in a side surround capacity. They match perfectly and 5.2 audio sounds amazing! My room dimension is ~18ft x 32ft with seating at roughly 9 ft from the screen/speakers. At current listening they have yet to be calibrated and are playing behind a canvas drop cloth while I await arrival of my AT screen. I can't wait to see how they sound once properly placed and dialed in!
    (Posted on 6/15/15)

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