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#1 of 33 OFFLINE   BradScott

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Posted September 12 2005 - 01:47 AM

What are your favorite speakers (bookshelves or preferrably towers) which handle music/movies well and are in the $600 range?

#2 of 33 OFFLINE   Chris Quinn

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Posted September 12 2005 - 02:15 AM

Ascend Acoustics 340. http://www.ascendacoustics.com/

#3 of 33 OFFLINE   MikeLi

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Posted September 12 2005 - 03:43 AM

ELT's by av123.com

#4 of 33 OFFLINE   AlanZ

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Posted September 12 2005 - 04:40 AM

Magnepan MMGs
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#5 of 33 OFFLINE   Nhan_H

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Posted September 12 2005 - 08:21 AM

Are we talking about a pair? If so, I don't think I'd qualify the ELTs. Maybe the ELT/PBS combo deal?

I like the Rocket 250s or used 550s in the $600-700 range. Of course the Ascend 340s is also a favorite.

I also need to get the HTD Level 3 towers in my home for some extended listening.

#6 of 33 OFFLINE   MikeNg

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Posted September 12 2005 - 08:28 AM

Klipsch Heresey, but you have to like that 'live' sound. You can get a set for less than six cheese. One major drawback is that the matching center channel is hard to come by; they don't make 'em any more.

I'm assuming you are talking about a_pair_of speakers, not a full 5.x setup.

#7 of 33 OFFLINE   Juan Carlos

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Posted September 12 2005 - 11:29 AM

B&W 600 Series

#8 of 33 OFFLINE   JimMIT

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Posted September 12 2005 - 12:52 PM

Gotta agree with Juan. At that price point, B&W DM602 S3's are hard to beat -- IMO.

#9 of 33 OFFLINE   Raj_asaurus

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Posted September 12 2005 - 04:14 PM

Used Polk Audio LSi9s

#10 of 33 OFFLINE   MikeyWeitz

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Posted September 12 2005 - 09:53 PM

Ascend 340's here too!

#11 of 33 OFFLINE   BradScott

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Posted September 12 2005 - 11:22 PM

Yes, I'm just talking about a pair of front speakers. I'm thinking full range towers rather than bookshelves for music.

What about offerings from PSB?

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#12 of 33 OFFLINE   Alan M

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Posted September 13 2005 - 12:52 AM

The Magnepan MMG's.

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Posted September 13 2005 - 01:27 AM

Revel Concerta M12 - Eliminated my urge to upgrade. I actually lost interest in HTF after I purchased the speakers (from once a day to about once a month).

PSB speakers are very good. In general, North American-designed speakers are well engineered.
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#14 of 33 OFFLINE   BradScott

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Posted September 13 2005 - 05:59 AM

Yes, it seems that Canadian speakers have a lot to offer -- I'm having trouble choosing between PSB, Energy, Paradigm, Axiom, etc.

#15 of 33 OFFLINE   DevinJC

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Posted September 13 2005 - 06:44 AM

Slightly used Paradigm Studio 20s. Posted Image

#16 of 33 OFFLINE   Dean_S

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Posted September 13 2005 - 07:45 AM

I have NHT SB3s in one system and B&W601S3s in another system. The B&Ws are about $450/pr and hard to find cheaper then that. The NHTs are $600/pr but pretty easy to find deals that are lower priced. The B&Ws are disappointing and require space around the cabinet to sound good (lots of it). The NHTs work much better closer to the walls and overall present a much more accurate sound. The NHTs remind me of the Celestion SL6S I had in the past, they disappear and have great imaging and soundstage. The B&Ws sound is nice, have good soundstage but lack a focused a image and sound too boomy in the mid bass (too close to the rear wall in my installation at 12")...very uninspired sound compared to more expensive B&W series.

#17 of 33 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted September 13 2005 - 11:54 PM

Haven't heard anything in this range that do what the Magnepan MMG's do, when used within their dynamic and positional limits.
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#18 of 33 OFFLINE   Chuck Bogie

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Posted September 14 2005 - 03:31 PM

Once you've heard Maggie MMGs, you don't want to get back into the box.

Plus, since the surrounds mount to walls, and look like just "panels," they can be a little easier to get past the ol' lady...

#19 of 33 OFFLINE   BradScott

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Posted September 15 2005 - 02:22 AM

Yes, but the thing I hear time after time is that the MMGs lack bottom end, and don't do well with rock music or action-type movie soundtracks. For mids and highs, they're supposed to be very detailed — many say that they're wonderful for piano, classical, and vocals.

Since I predominantly listen to rock/funk/blues type music and want to use them also for home theater, I'm concerned that there are speakers better suited to that type of application.

I'm still considering them, but from what I've heard so far the MMGs don't seem like the right fit.

For those who recommended them — can the MMGs handle pounding rock music and thundering movie soundtracks? I could use a sub I suppose, but wouldn't a full-range tower speaker be a better choice?

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Posted September 15 2005 - 07:24 AM

Pounding rock? Thundering soundtracks? Klipsch.Posted Image