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#1 of 23 Andrew Pezzo

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Posted March 27 2003 - 06:51 AM

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 of 23 JohnBrianW.


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Posted March 27 2003 - 07:37 AM

I would suggest Totem Dreamcatchers. Great value.

#3 of 23 Paul Bryan

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Posted March 27 2003 - 07:44 AM

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...


#4 of 23 Arthur Vino

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Posted March 27 2003 - 07:55 AM

rockets ?!!!

#5 of 23 Andrew Pezzo

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Posted March 27 2003 - 07:55 AM

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

#6 of 23 Paul Bryan

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Posted March 27 2003 - 07:57 AM

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

If he likes the sound of Paradigms, there are deals to be had in Canada... Plus, no tax, no duty...


#7 of 23 Mike Likens

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Posted March 27 2003 - 10:46 AM

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 of 23 Chris Quinn

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Posted March 27 2003 - 12:29 PM


#9 of 23 AhsanR


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Posted March 27 2003 - 01:44 PM

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

#10 of 23 Leon O

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Posted March 28 2003 - 09:31 AM

If in Canada, demo some Dahlquists Posted Image

#11 of 23 Emile



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Posted March 28 2003 - 09:38 AM

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.

#12 of 23 CurtisC


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Posted March 28 2003 - 03:16 PM

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.

#13 of 23 Robert_Gaither



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Posted March 28 2003 - 05:05 PM

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.

#14 of 23 Nathan J

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Posted March 28 2003 - 06:42 PM

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.


#15 of 23 Jorge UF

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Posted March 28 2003 - 07:09 PM

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.

#16 of 23 george king

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Posted March 29 2003 - 03:03 AM

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.

#17 of 23 Chris Quinn

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Posted March 30 2003 - 10:24 PM


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.

#18 of 23 BrianAe


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Posted March 31 2003 - 03:40 AM

Aperion Audio www.aperionaudio.com.

#19 of 23 Tommy Rodgers

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Posted March 31 2003 - 04:55 AM

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.

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Posted March 31 2003 - 04:57 AM

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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