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#1 of 16 Simon Cho

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Posted March 14 2003 - 11:35 AM

Wow, I'm impressed by the expertise of the people in this forum. I'm just beginning to buy the parts to build a home theater. I just went out and bought a Marantz SR6200 for $500 cdn. I did some research on it and it seem like a good buy. Any comments from you guys. I can still return it. I'm looking at buying Athena point five series for speakers at $960 cdn. Anything else I should consider. I'm hoping to spend less than $2000 for both the receiver and speakers. One other thing, how good are the miniture speakers like the Bose AM6 III?

Thanks in advance.

#2 of 16 Khoa Tran

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Posted March 14 2003 - 02:06 PM

i would stay away from anything that is produced by Bose, don't even pick up a brochure.

#3 of 16 Chris Quinn

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Posted March 14 2003 - 03:39 PM

simon-the Canadian speaker companies are most likely your best bet. Paradigm, PSB, etc. I see many recommendations for Marc at The Audioshop(www.audioshop.on.ca) in Ottawa.

#4 of 16 Rick CH

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Posted March 14 2003 - 03:58 PM

I'll second the recommendation to look at Canadian speaker brands. You should be able to find a decent system with $1500 or so left to spend on speakers. So go out and audition Paradigm, PSB, Energy, Athena, Dahlquist, and Axiom and see what you like. They'll all have a system in your price range. One tip I'll pass along about Axioms is that you should see if there's a dealer in your area. You'll find dealers sell for basically the same price in Canadian as the US dollar prices listed on Axiom's website.

#5 of 16 JamieS


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Posted March 15 2003 - 02:37 AM

Where did you get the 6200 for $500 CAN? It's 6 X 110 W right? I purcahsed my Denon 1603 for $550 CAN and I thought I got an OK deal! $500 for the 6200 seems like a GREAT deal.

As for speakers Athtena I have heard good things about the Point 5 Energy take 5 is another system in the price range that has gotten good reviews.

The other thing you could look at is used. I know I just traded in my PDR 12 SUb and the dealer is selling it for like around $300. If you could buy some decent used stuff you could put together a book shelf and sub system that would be even better than a mini speaker system like the Take 5 or whatever.

#6 of 16 Alan M

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Posted March 15 2003 - 03:27 AM

Regarding the Athena speakers,I just recieved and setup an athena P-2 sub which is part of the s2,s3 package and am very impressed so far with its performance.
Good luck with your speaker shopping.

#7 of 16 ernie.bin


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Posted March 15 2003 - 03:55 AM

It sounds like you're in canada, so I'd say check out a paradigm titan/cc-170/atom/pdr-10 combo. Cost me around $1k cad before cables/stands.

Sounded great, and looks so much nicer than the athena speakers. They look like large plastic boxes which is a huge turn off.

#8 of 16 Taylor Assen

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Posted March 15 2003 - 04:32 AM

DON'T BUY THE ATHENA POINT FIVE FOR 960 CDN! Wait for a sale by soundsaround... In calgay we have it once a year... point five was going for around 600 cdn. I would try and the ENERGY ENCORE! That would match your new reciever nicely!

#9 of 16 Phil*K


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Posted March 15 2003 - 03:13 PM

Hey Alan,

Glad you like the Sub.


#10 of 16 Alan M

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Posted March 16 2003 - 03:05 AM

Thanks Phil.You were right,for a small sub,I'm very impressed.I thought going from a 15"sub to the athena,I might be disappointed,but just the reverse.
Bass is clear and very precise,and yes,it does shake my ht room(18x12).
Sory,didnt mean to take over the thread.

#11 of 16 Joel X

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Posted March 16 2003 - 03:51 AM

It might be a good idea to consider the NHT superzero's since they seem to be liquidating them at about half of the normal price. I ordered 10 units so I could play around with different configurations like three back channels fed by a prologic receiver through my AVR8000 and phantom center with a speaker above and below my screen. I haven't done any A/B testing but the build quality is very good and consistent, also I very much liked the wall mounts that came with each one. I got the XU version for that reason and though some don't like the basses of them because they aren't flat and for some reason came with a little wedge shaped pad/isolator to sit on when it is not on a wall, I found that they can be affixed semi permanently with any adhesive from silicone to a never going to come off glue, this of course works perfectly with the black version but might not be as successful with white due to the fact the pad probably being black and would stand out. BTW, my room is 16x16x8 so YMMV with a larger room. Good luck.

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Posted March 16 2003 - 04:50 AM


PSB should be definitely considered. The Canadians produce some interesting speakers and the price points are good. PSB may not get the same amount of ink, Paradigm does but they are consistently good across the line..


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Posted March 17 2003 - 06:14 AM

Don't overlook the Infinity Entra Point Five in your quest.

#14 of 16 Jeff_Fitz


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Posted March 17 2003 - 02:43 PM


The speaker systems buyer's guide at http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com should helpful in your search.


#15 of 16 John-Miles



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Posted March 18 2003 - 02:46 AM

Simon I personally cannot recommend PSB's high enough, i am continually amazed by the performance i get out of mine and they are only the alpha intro's. I am almost positive when i upgrade my speakers i will again get PSB's..... just bigger ones Posted Image


#16 of 16 Chris PC

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Posted March 20 2003 - 02:24 AM

PSB. I have all PSB and have no complaints. Great sound Posted Image

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Going from projector to flatscreen for a while.... :P