Looking for speaker companies with best bang for buck values

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  1. Allen Longcor

    Allen Longcor Supporting Actor

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    So far on my list I have:

    Diva
    Axiom
    Wharfedale
    Norh

    I'm looking for speaker companies that produce speakers that sound much greater than their price. I wouldn't mind some DIY speakers, but I would have to have someone build it for me since I could not. Please let me know of any gems that I do not know about.
     
  2. Tyson

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    For about $1600, the VMPS 626R's are the best bookshelf speaker I have ever heard (beat out my nOrh 9.0's pretty easily).

    I have a RM-40 on order. . .
     
  3. Brian Burnaby

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    I made a similar list and came up with:

    PsB
    Paradigm
    Energy
    Mirage
    B&W
    NHT
    Atlantic Technology
    Definitive Technology
    Axiom

    I ended up with a pair of PsB's
     
  4. Jason Wilcox

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    i'll add ascend acoustics and JBL
     
  5. Russell _T

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    Home Theater Direct Level 3's.
     
  6. Luke M

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    One word: used. You can buy high quality good-as-new speakers on the used market for 40% or less of original retail.

    Of course, assembling a matched set of HT speakers is more difficult this way (especially if you insist on a center - I don't use one myself). But the price/performance can't be beat.
     
  7. Allen Longcor

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    I'm very interested in DIY speakers on the market. Anyone have any links to those.
     
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    I will second the jbl as well.
     
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    HTD level 3s are priced very well for what you get.
     
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    I picked up the nOrh 4.0 video package last year and couples it with my SVS 20-39cs. Wonderful! Had an Adcom amp sitting idle so complete speaker setup was less $1500.00. Highly recommend nOrh.
     
  12. Sean D

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    The Swans Diva speakers offer great value for the money.
     
  13. Tim Baldwin

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    Allen,
    ACI and Adire make some very nice kits for DIY. The ACI stuff will only last for a short time, and then they'll be out of the DIY business.
     
  14. Ron Boster

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    Allen:

    What are you looking for in a speaker? HT or Music use? Laid-back or forward sounding? etc,etc

    Ron
     
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    The QX series from Dahlquist is amazing for the price. Keep an eye on this company.
     
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    I second Definitive Tech. You can ocassionally find some jewels of a value used on Ebay.

    cheers

    Andrew B.
     
  17. Allen Longcor

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    I'm looking for an all around great speaker for music and HT, but I don't want to pay out the nose for it. Basically I'm looking for something in the vein of the Diva speakers. They are considered to be great speakers for a very reasonable price. I want something that is compared to a speaker that costs 2-3 times it's price.
     
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    Allen,
    My 2 cents... try auditioning Triangle (Titus 202 mini-monitors @$495/pair). Sam Tellig of Stereophile raves about their line.
     
  19. Ron Boster

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    The Diva's sound isn't as forward sounding as let's say Axiom speakers. People will use terms like laid back to describe the Diva's, where the would use a term like revealing or bright to describe the Axiom speakers. So it depends on your preferences. I would suggest going to local audio shops and listening to lots of speakers. You might find a specific brand you prefer and then go the used route or try internet based retailer whose speakers sound similar to the brand you prefer.


    Good Luck
    Ron
     
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    ACI is the leader in speakers sold factory-direct. They've been doing it for 25 years, longer than most of the rest put together! Superb sonics and build quality.
    www.audioc.com
     

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