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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 2006-09-06, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Nuance speakers

A sales guy tried to sell my step dad a full 7.1 setup of Nuance speakers.... They didn't sound all that great but he went on and on about them.

My step-dad is looking for a system for his summer home, he's running Wilson Pups and MacIntosh Amp and Receiver at our house. (Don't ask where the money comes from) So he really knows what sounds great and has the disposable income for some decent speakers. I told him to stay away from Nuance, they sounded very strange and I couldn't find any info anywhere on the internet.

What do you folks think? And what do you recommend?
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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 2006-09-06, 10:26 PM
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STAY AWAY!!!!!! I used to sell Nuance when I worked at soundsaround. Really nice markup for sales people!HUGE MARKUP! Its all in the sales pitch for them but you can do the same pitch with any set of speakers and get pretty much the same results. My best sale I litteraly put $900 in commission from selling a full set of Nuance to some poor sap who just wanted a set of bookshelves

They are made by a canadian manufacture, I cant recall the affilate companies any more but I would stay clear of them.

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post #3 of 66 (permalink) Old 2006-09-13, 04:20 PM
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If memory serves me, they are manufactured by a company that manufactures speakers for many companies. You will probably find that the manufacturer makes speakers for many base store models as well as naunce.

Those Nuance speakers are however painted up really nice with their piano black finish.

A friend of mine paid over $6000.00 for a set of Nuance 4-way towers, centre and rears. He thinks they are the greatest thing in the world. They are far from it! Believe me~! I believe those were the only speakers he has ever owned and/or listened to.

When I was shopping for speakers, I went to a local Audio store that a relative of mine holds storage for. Since the salesperson knew that, he directed me far away from the Nuance display room. FAR AWAY!

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post #4 of 66 (permalink) Old 2006-09-13, 04:38 PM
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From the company website you can goto Nuance Speaker forums. It seems you have to register to gain admittance to the forums but you may wish to check it out.

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post #5 of 66 (permalink) Old 2006-11-24, 02:26 AM
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Last time i was in soundsaround, at least 3 years ago ,the sales people kept pushing those nuance speakers. In fact three were blocking the door out , the phone rang and one turned his back to answer and i bolted out the door. I wasnt even there to buy speakers i was pricing t.v's at the time, and i told them i thought the speakers sounded terrible
In fact i was so ticked off by this i buy all my home theater stuff online and use forums like this to get informed choices.
check out and , av123 is american but he has some really nice stuff and its worth the hassle of cross border shopping sometimes.
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post #6 of 66 (permalink) Old 2007-12-15, 02:15 AM
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Nuance sats

Not knowing Nuance from the speakers of Adam, I bought a pair of Sat1 speakers from a friend...originally just for the stands to put in my guest room. Then I took them home and tried them out next to my Monitor Audio PMCs with the classic gold tweets. Now, keep in mind, there is nothing online for these things (aka Bose sales strategy). Then you start to hear about the poor suckers who spent like $7-15K or more for an HT set. Scary. Anyway, there's a lot of passionate "stay away" talk, like a real distain. I'd have to say, yes, maybe because of the encoded CDs and the sales pressure scam tactics. But that's process, not product. So what about these products anyway. Well, tell tale signs of cheapness are the single binding posts. I also can't see how the foam rim around the dome tweeters helps on the sound stage dispersion end if things...anyway, sound, the illusion of sound, how is that? Well, there is a slight "plastic" sound to them, they have lower sensitivity and what are you going to get in bass from a smallish sealed enclosure like that? All in all though, and much to my amazement, they held their own next to the classic monitor audios. They have some real soundstage and there's good articulation without the harshness. All in all, though, I would equate these speakers to a good set of Missions or PSBs...Says a lot since I've demoed B&W, Bostons, NHTs and was not as thrilled. Anyway, to all the brutal Canadian critics out there, I'd say, if they sound good, and you like the sound and are willing to pay whatever for them...that's what its all about. Where are these little lacquer boxes now? ...they made my bedroom over my bose jewels which got kitchen duty.
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post #7 of 66 (permalink) Old 2007-12-15, 06:24 AM
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Do Nuance dealerships allow you the option of getting your cash back if you aren't satisfied - for example if you bought Nuance speakers from dealer #1 and Feces brand speakers from dealer #2 and liked the Feces better?
I'm sure that if anyone did a objective comparison between Nuance and Feces at their own home, they would pick Feces as their preference.

I'd hate to be stuck with Feces in my theater room but I'd dislike it even more if I had to keep the Nuance speakers.

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post #8 of 66 (permalink) Old 2007-12-15, 01:49 PM
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Wow - talk about dragging up an old thread.

We had International Stereo selling them here. Every time I went in that place, some moron was trying to sell me these 8 foot tall speakers and was touting them as the best speaker ever made. I always thought they looked ridculous, and how come I never saw them in a room with a proper setup.

Another alarm bell is 'they' always provided the material. Usually a 'Q' sound disk from Madonna or Sting (if memory serves). I listened to one demo just because I was killing time as my wife was next door looking at purses or something. After the demo - I told him they sounded nice but how was I going to get them into a room with an 8 foot ceiling? When he actually started to answer, I cut him off, and told him that if wanted to personally pay for a home reno that would add a two foot ceiling to my room, we'd talk.

I also told him if these were so damn good, why push so hard to sell them? Most good products sell themselves. You don't need to constantly berate a 'potential' customer. One thing I've found - the harder the sales pitch, the crappier the deal (or quality of product).

I'd buy Bose over Nuance, I really would. At least I could hide those suckers.
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post #9 of 66 (permalink) Old 2007-12-15, 08:14 PM
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Cool Well....

OK I am not gonna say Nuance is the Sh** cause its not,but.... and hear me out... my roommate bought a set of 5 (two 6 foot fronts, two 4 foot rears, center) and they sound decent.... why, you ask would he buy them if they only sound ok? because thanks to the selling pressure of the aforementioned retailers some poor sap bought them on credit (10,000 plus with amp and projector/screen if i remember right) and then he couldn't pay so my friend took them off his hands for 3000 for the whole bit, brand new, so for that price and i must admit there warranty is not bad, we blew an amp in one of the front tower, they have built in subs (probably due to transporting from northern Man, to Edmonton in the winter ) we walked into a nuance dealer with the amp said "its broken" and walked out 2 mins later with a new in box amp no questions asked, so all in all if i was building my "ultimate home theater" no i would not use nuances, but there not evil if they have the right price tag
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post #10 of 66 (permalink) Old 2007-12-16, 02:03 AM
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That's precisely why International Stereo got shut down. They gave anybody credit and not just credit - unlimited credit. There was a big scandal about that here what, four maybe five years ago now - and International Stereo was forced to shut down.

Those speakers aren't worth the wood they use to build 'em. Sorry, but it's true. They look ridiculous to boot.
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post #11 of 66 (permalink) Old 2008-02-29, 09:36 PM
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My apologies for digging up an old thread but I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents here.

I purchased some nuance speakers way back in 1998 when I was only 14 years old... and I spent quite a bit of money (to a 14 year old!) - I believe around $1500 for my 5.1 setup.

To this date, they're still my main speaker setup and they've been used and abused on a daily basis for 10 years, including many nights of house parties where the receiver was turned up nearly as loud as it would go (I've had two denon receivers over that same 10 year period, an AVR-2800 and an AVR-3806).

I did upgrade the centre speaker about 4 years ago to a different brand as I felt that the centre speaker I had was not very good (it was the one speaker I cheaped out on as in 1998 I didn't realize how important a centre speaker was for movies).

Otherwise the subwoofer, front speakers and rear surround speakers have all served me well for 10 years now.

I'm the type of impulse consumer that buys new stuff all the time almost just for the sake of having the latest and greatest but for some reason I've never felt compelled to replace my Nuance speakers...
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post #12 of 66 (permalink) Old 2008-02-29, 10:36 PM
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I bought Nuance speakers from the old Kennedy Hi-fi in scarborough. This was a long time ago mind you. They had a room dedicated to Nuance which I paired up to a Yamaha receiver and 5 disc changer.

And, Yes. They did play "Vogue" by Madonna. I remember how cool I thought it was that sound felt like it was coming from everywhere.


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post #13 of 66 (permalink) Old 2008-08-31, 03:04 PM
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wow, seeing as others have dredge up this old thread, i bought a pair of nuance speakers in 1991 for fronts before surround sound was da schizzle i can't remember the model number but they are a large bookshelf type speaker..i'd say 2.5 ft tall, 14 inch wide, 12 inch deep sort of thing? still are in service as my front speakers and still sound great to my ears. can't speak to how new ones sound, didn't even know these were still being made..but when they first came out, they were the studio reference speakers for warner's sound studio and i believe universal picked them up as well. for their size, they are damn heavy
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post #14 of 66 (permalink) Old 2008-12-24, 04:06 PM
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hehe, i also bought a 5 speaker set in 2000. i thought it was great, but recently moved and now have Paradigm S6/C5/ADP 3's and Servo 15 with INtegra9.8 / ANthem A5. BIG difference in quality of sound !
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post #15 of 66 (permalink) Old 2008-12-28, 05:11 PM
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Add me to this list... I returned them 2 days later.

And, Yes. They did play "Vogue" by Madonna. I remember how cool I thought it was that sound felt like it was coming from everywhere.
I went through the same sales pitch at Sounds Around, the disk they used was recorded with Q-Sound technology which give the 3-D sound.
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