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spending $2000 on the front three speakers, which ones...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Geno, Feb 28, 2003.

  1. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

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    ok, ive been slacking in the HT department for a while and moved to a spmaller apartment. but Ive accumulated $2000 budget for new mains and a center channel. the mains i have are old infinity bookshelves wich will become the surrounds on my 5.1.
    the center only has to match the quality of those infinity's since now that i have moved, i am 90/10 music/movies. i could even possibly buy the center off ebay since thats how i got the infinity's. now to the mains. i am looking for high sensitivity speakers with a warm sound but still crisp when the music call for it. please make recomendations
    havent looked at stores yet and wanted to get a good response from HTF before i went window shopping
     
  2. Russell _T

    Russell _T Well-Known Member

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    I like the internet brands because you get much more value for your money. Check out:
    Home Theater Direct
    ACI
    Axiom
    Onix Rockets
    Ascend Acoustics
    My personal favorite are the
    Rockets
     
  3. Sean Carter

    Sean Carter Well-Known Member

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    Klipsch Heresy II's, my brother got a chance to listen too them, and he said he would place it up there with the Klipsch RF-5's, but without the lower bass. These have a high sensitivity, great dynamic range, and warm but crisp at the same time.

    Here's a link to the Heresy's:



    Klipsch Heresy Specifications
     
  4. george king

    george king Well-Known Member

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    Have Brian at www.rutledgeaudiodesign.com build you 3 GR Research A/V1+ speakers in the veneer of your choice, the caps upgrade and the matching stands for the fronts. There are extensive reviews of the A/V1+ here and at AA.

    Check out the pictures at his website.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Scott Oliver

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    What amp are you using? are you looking for high sensitivity speakers because you have low powered amp?

    What types of music do you listen to primarily?

    Where will the speakers be placed and what size of room are they going in?
     
  6. jeff_coil

    jeff_coil Well-Known Member

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    Hi Geno,
    I think you may want check out these B&W's

    Fronts DM604 S3 $1400
    Center LCR600 S3 $500

    I had this setup and IMO it sounded great. But don't take my word for it go out and listen to as many speakers you can.

    Have fun listening
     
  7. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

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    BTW, I have a b&k video 5 amp, 5 x 105
     
  8. george king

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    Then the GR Research A/V1+s would be a great speaker. Great for both music and HT. I have the A/V-1s (the smaller version), and they are really great. Supposedly a review of these will be out soon at the Secrets website, and the A/V-1s are favorable compared to $2K Dynaudios. The A/V1+s are even better than the A/V-1s.

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. Holger

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    hi geno,

    i would recommend to go with definitive technology speakers.
    in your price range i recommend the BP2004TL floor standing speakers. they have a powered built-in subwoofer and sound fantastic with movies AND music. along with the fronts i would pick the CLR2300 center speaker which is also equipped with a build-in subwoofer. trust me: once you have encountered what a full range center speaker is capable of, you will never go back. this is a least my impression. further informations here: www.definitivetech.com


    regards, holger
     
  10. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the opinions, keep 'em coming.
    as far as powered speakers or speakers with built-in subs, i am not interested in those. i already have enough amp power for everything and I have 2 beautiful subs i could never replace.
     
  11. JustinP

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    You could probably swing Paradigm Studio series with that kind of budget. Lots of people, including myself, seem to like them. They'd have that forward sound you're looking for.
     
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    For your budget I'll definitely second the Gr-Research speakers AV1+'s.
     
  14. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

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    has anyone heard of HUMAN speakers??? someone suggested looking at thos
     
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    Well, you now have 3 votes for the A/V1+s. They really are great speakers even if you have never heard of them. The DIY or pseudo DIY is the best value.

    Good luck with whatever you get.
     
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    Although they will be under your budget by a lot. Check out the axiom m80ti's and the vp150 center channel. Things I like and other people like about these speakers: very good imaging, incredible midrange for the money, tight bass, very sensitive, and can play really loud. The things people don't like about these speakers: some people think they are slightly on the bright side, I did not find this true, but it is up to your ear, and they are low impedance so you have make sure you can drive 4 ohm speakers. Good luck with your hunt.
     
  18. Zak Ruck

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    You may want to take a listen to a pair of Totem Arro's or maybe the Staff's. Very impresive speakers. Arro's are around $1200 and a litle more for the staffs.

    Or the Paradigm studio's are another very good choice, as well as Triangle.
     
  19. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

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    well that scared me a bit, I tried to search for Totem speakers and the first link that came up was a microlab/best buy link. I thought, "what are these guys trying to do to me?" but then i did a search for Paradigm's and the same darn link came up. Seems as though whatever known brand is put into the search window with the word "speakers", best buy has to get their foot in first making you believe that these speakers are actually sold at best buy [heaven forbid!!!].


    i am really impressed with the Totems [forrest], but have always liked Dynausio drivers. The Hawks are almost as impressive as the Totem's with the revelator drivers. maybe I should save a bit more and get a pair of Hawks for the surrounds and a pair of Forrests for the mains?!?!?!? Bah, humbug, the upgrade but has definately hit me!!!Cause if I get new surrounds, whats another $800 for a fabulous center?!?!?!! aaaaa someone stop me, hehe.
     
  20. M&K S-150 L/R S-150AC center if you are interested in mainly home theater.
     

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