Need help choosing pair of speakers for old receiver

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  1. cineMANIAC

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    Someone at work was getting rid of an old (mid-to-late 90's model) Marantz receiver. I grabbed it but I haven't been in the home-theater game in a while and have no idea what kind of speakers I need for this. I'm not looking for something expensive, just a decent pair of front units to tide me over until I can buy something better later. Can anyone offer advice?
     
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    What's the model number?
     
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    speaker budget?
     
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    I'll get back to you guys regarding the model number. I'm willing to spend up to $150 for a PAIR of front speakers (I'm not interested in a multi-speaker package yet, not with this receiver). Also, I'm suddenly feeling stupid - the black and red speaker terminals on the rear of the unit - how do I install the speaker wire? (some wires come in "pin" versions that just plug into the terminal). Yeah, its been that long since I've been out of the home theater game.
     
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    You are not going to get much for $150 (even $150 a piece is kinda low). I'll toss out my favorite "low budget" brand - Fluance. http://www.fluance.com/fldycothhisp.html

    I haven't heard the ones I linked to but I did own the 5.0 SXHTB package and the mains were decent.
     
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    Retailers are selling entire home-theater-in-a-box packages, including DVD players for less than $100. All I need is a temporary pair of front bookshelf speakers for an old receiver than I'm not even sure will work.
     
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    Since you are on a $150 budget for a temporary system perhaps you may want to look for some used stereo speakers to tide you over. An old set of towers or large bookshelves from a major producer will out perform anything you are going to find new for $150.
     
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    Alright, I'll throw these out there as well. - http://www.svsound.com/products-spks-sbs01.cfm

    These are closer to $200, but they can be the basis of a very good setup if you decide to expand the package.

    I understand you can buy entire setups (HTiB) for $100. There are many compromises with setups like these. Sure they produce sound, but the question is can you stand to listen to it for more than a few minutes?????
     
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    Here's some others to consider. Boston-Aucoustics-C26, TheSpeakerCompany.com, Energy-C-200 and Energy-C-100, These Yamaha-NS-6490's sound surprisingly good for what they are. If you just wanted to go to the store and get something then these Insignia's always seem to get good reviews.

    I like to use PriceGrabber.com to see what's available. You can't get great sound for $150 a pair but it can still be enjoyable.

    And as was mentioned earlier, don't dismiss used speakers. I recently bought a nice pair of Infinity Kappa 5.1's (the model number, not the number of speakers) off Craigslist for $75.





    Why in the world did I ask for that ??
     
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