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Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Andrew Pezzo, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. Andrew Pezzo

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    After a friend of mine saw a movie at my place he got bitten by the HT bug and wants to put together his own system. For some odd reason he has good receiver/amp knowledge but has no clue about speakers. My speaker knowledge is limited so I figured I would see what others have to say.

    As a point of reference I have Energy Connoisseurs, C-7's for the fronts, C-C1 center channel, and C-1's for the surrounds. He thought about getting a similar package but I told him to shop around first. He also likes Def Techs but that is most likely out of his price range, which is $1500 - $2000 for 5 speakers. He is buying my old sub so that doesn't need to be part of the package.

    So far he has considered B&W (not sure what ones). Movies will be the primary source with about 10% of the use going to music.
     
  2. JohnBrianW.

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    I would suggest Totem Dreamcatchers. Great value.
     
  3. Paul Bryan

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    I picked up Paradigm Studio/60's, Studio/CC, and a PW-2200 for about $1700. The dealer was willing to sell me Studio/20's for the rear for about $350 more... All $'s are US $'s...

    That would fall within the budget ballpark, and be an awesome (IMO) HT & music setup.

    It might require a drive to Canada to get that kind of pricing though...

    --Paul
     
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    rockets ?!!!
     
  5. Andrew Pezzo

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    He lives in Buffalo, NY so a trip to Canada is certainly doable.
     
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  7. Mike Likens

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    If I were putting together 5 speakers primarily for HT the first companies that come to mind are M&K and Atlantic Tech. Both have entry level speakers in that price range that are engineered specifically for HT.
     
  8. Chris Quinn

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    Ascend.
     
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    Online you can great deals on the Polk LSi series. I would audition them, DEFINETELY A MUST.
     
  10. Leon O

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    If in Canada, demo some Dahlquists [​IMG]
     
  11. Emile

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    Try the Athena audition or S series. I have the former for my HTS system, and they both sound and look incredible. A 5.1 system can be had for 1000 where I am, less without the sub. These speakers are produced by API, the same company that makes Energy and Mirage, so they do have some pedigree.
     
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    Since you mentioned DEF TECHS,I had a chance to trade in my klipsch rf7's and upgrade to the bp 2000tl's.I brought the 2000's home for a week,me and my two sons listened/tested/experimented in all formats.The 2000's were very impressive and I really liked em'.In the end though I could not part with the Klipsch,they just recreate every detail so lifelike.Oh well,I am just sittin around listening to music and it sounds so good I thought I'd mention it.
     
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    Ascend, without a doubt as I've heard most of the brands listed here, and the beauty is that he might as well go 7.1 and get 6 170s and their new center I bet would rock.
     
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    Anyone have a link to these Ascend speakers?


    Andrew....I also live near Buffalo,NY, What is your friend's name?

    I know of a decent shop out here,They have a lot of great equipment, and are extremely friendly and helpful. Perhaps I could give him some useful info.


    Nate
     
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    I will agree with Curtis and put a vote in for the Klipsch RF7, and now more than ever that there going cheap at Tweeter and any of its associates. The clarity is really great on these, which I think is pretty essential for movies.
     
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    talk to Brian at www.rutledgeaudiodesign.com and see what he can do for you. Two pairs of the M-1, a C-1 and a monster sub should be doable.

    Or maybe 5 of the GR Research AV-1s. He would not be able to get a sub, but they are really killer speakers (I own them) for both music and HT.

    One other commerical brand to consider would be the new Kef Q series. A pair of Q7's for the fronts, Q1s in the back and the Q9c. With this he probably would not need a sub.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    www.ascendacoustics.com

    They've been compared favorably with the AV-1's and cost half as much. Go to the site. It now has links to all the reviews.
     
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    I second the Aperion Audio recommendation. Super nice people to work with, and OMG the finish on my speakers is phenominal. Oh yeah, they sound better than anything I've heard under $1000/pair (I haven't heard any of the other "internet direct" brands though, to be fair), excellent detail and wide soundstage.

    Tommy[​IMG]
     
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    Just noticed a CurtisC....I am CurtisSC. No wonder I couldn't get that handle!!

    Anyways.....a vote for Ascend Acoustics here as well, with a sub from Hsu Research.
     

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