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#1 of 8 Jacob C

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Posted December 11 2007 - 06:29 AM

Hi all I'm trying to start an inexpensive "home theatre" for my parents. I would love to get them a pair of Ascend Acoustics 170SEs but I really should not spend that much money. I have money at the moment but I am currently out of work so I'm trying to get the best I can for the money. Any suggestions would be great. The onix x-LS is not much cheaper than the ascend refurbs. Anyone know of quality speakers in the Sub-$200 class?
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#2 of 8 Jerome Grate

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Posted December 11 2007 - 07:20 AM

You can go to audioadvisor.com and purchase some really good stuff for the price you are talking about.
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#3 of 8 John Garcia

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Posted December 11 2007 - 08:09 AM

Palisander natural satin X-LSs are currently on sale for $199.

UNDER $200, the Athena AS-B1s or B2s from Audio Advisor would probably fit the bill, but they aren't quite as good as the X-LSs. There are some LS-100 demo units on there as well, though I haven't heard them.
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#4 of 8 Jacob C

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Posted December 11 2007 - 09:49 AM

I may have to see if I can somehow stretch for the ascends. They are most likely far and away the best with the refurbs going for less than $300.
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#5 of 8 John Garcia

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Posted December 11 2007 - 11:45 AM

The 170SEs are very neutral sounding and are a great overall speaker. The X-LSs are not quite as neutral, but they do have a big sound stage and better bass than the 170s; they are also much larger than the 170s though. In the price range, you won't go wrong with either of them.
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System Two: Marantz PM7200, Pioneer FS52s, Panasonic BD79
(stolen) : Marantz SR-8300, GR Research A/V-2s, Sony SCD-222ES SACD, Panasonic BD-65, PS3 60G (250G)

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#6 of 8 Tony Novacek

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Posted December 13 2007 - 11:42 PM

Look into the Venue Series from JBL. They are pretty good for the price. I have the "Stages" (soon to be studios or stadiums), "Balconys" and the "Voice" matched with my SVS PB12-NSD/2 and it sounds impressive. They are powered by my H/K AVR-247. I was honestly shocked at how well the Venue series sounded when I hooked them up. Being that they are lower-mid grade. I got the speakers and receiver as a package from bestbuy.com. I was very weary on the speakers, but in the end I'm pretty happy with them.

Just a thought!
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#7 of 8 dlazer11

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Posted May 10 2008 - 01:11 AM

The AV123 ELT-525's are a great value for $300. They were designed by Danny Richie and Mark Schifter. I have 'em and like 'em.

#8 of 8 macnerd77

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Posted May 10 2008 - 06:19 PM

Check frys.com too. they have the polk r150s onsale right now for 49.99 a pair .