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need 7 speakers (excluding sub) for $500 - any suggestions?


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#1 of 11 Bret Pritchett

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Posted December 24 2003 - 06:27 PM

Topic says it all. I need a center, left, right, and 4 surround speakers. Its a tight budget - I really want to keep it under $500 (I have 2 vacations I have to save $ for this year). Any suggestions?

#2 of 11 Ian-Fl

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Posted December 25 2003 - 01:01 AM

I did a search there's the JBL nsp1II set for $209 and JBL n38 for $128 each plus shipping.
http://www.hypeaudio.com/nsp1ii.html
http://store.yahoo.c...eaudio/n38.html
CNET.com gives hypeaudio an excellent rating.
The Northridge series are being faded out but there are still a few left that can be had for a good price.

#3 of 11 Pablo Abularach

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Posted December 25 2003 - 02:42 AM

I second Ian suggestion, you wont get a better set for your budget, very good for movies. I have a NSP1 and its incredible the sound this speakers have, and mathching them with N38 you will end up with a great setup.

#4 of 11 Chad A

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Posted December 25 2003 - 03:44 AM

I suggest you take a look at the Wharfedale Diamond 7.2 speakers over at Buy.com.

They're on sale for $80 a pair and if they sound half as good as my Diamond 8 series they are damn sure worth $40 a piece. I think they're including free shipping right now also.
I'd get 4 pairs and use one as your center but since it's not shielded you'll have to keep it a few feet away from the screen, and..........you'd have an extra 8th speaker all for under $320 shipped.
IMO that's the best deal out there on the lowest of budgets.

#5 of 11 Nick B

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Posted December 25 2003 - 06:15 AM

Buy a gun and a mask! LOL!

#6 of 11 Jin E

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Posted December 25 2003 - 09:51 AM

HTD Level III bookshelves on clerance direct from the vendor. Old style ones are $150, while new styles are $179 for a pair. Two pairs = $360. Add a level III center for another $150... or you can get the Level II Bstock on clearance for $60. The setup should run you a little over $500 at most. Great speakers for the money. Much better IMHO then the JBL NSP/N24's. The N24's sounded hollow and "plastic" to me. I know people rave about them but I've never enjoyed the sound from them... unlike the HTD's I've heard.

http://www.htdaudio....ranceitems.html
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#7 of 11 Ian-Fl

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Posted December 26 2003 - 05:52 AM

These things are so subjective.I think with the right receiver and the right accoustics in a room things can sound entirely different. I've read good reviews on the N24's
http://cheaphomethea...com/jbl-N24.htm
I've also read people worshipping them and people writing they weren't worth the time of day. I think however as surrounds the N24's offer good value and the N38's as mains are excellent as well.

#8 of 11 Bret Pritchett

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Posted December 27 2003 - 09:24 AM

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These things are so subjective.I think with the right receiver and the right accoustics in a room things can sound entirely different.


I have a Harman Kardon avr 325. Any particular speakers come to mind to go with a HK receiver?

#9 of 11 David W Johnson

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Posted December 27 2003 - 09:47 AM

Paradigm speakers sound sweet with HK receivers.

Paradigm Atoms for the front and rear: $180/pair
Paradigm CC-70 Center channel: $100/each

IMO for 500 bucks, you can't do better.
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#10 of 11 ChrisArmour

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Posted December 27 2003 - 10:46 AM

How about the Home Theater Direct Middies? You can get seven of them for $490+s/h.
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#11 of 11 Ian-Fl

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Posted December 27 2003 - 05:14 PM

I'm a real believer in floor standing speakers. With good sized drivers from floor standers you'll get a good full sound for highs, mids and low frequencies. I have a H/K avr125 driving a set of Fluance sx-htb. They're clean, undistorted and also full in sound.