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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Keith G

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Posted April 27 2009 - 12:57 AM

This weekend I held auditions for 2 sets of bookshelf speakers for my small home theater setup. I have decided to move my 15 year old Bose AM5 to the rear. I always thought that they sounded ok for TV and not very good for music but I hardly ever listen to music in the house. I narrowed my search down to 2 sets:

Paradigm Mini Monitor and PSB Image B25. I thought that the PSBs sounder fuller and the fact that they were almost $200 cheaper I think that I have made my mind up. I really wanted to go with the HTD level 2 but also wanted to hear them first.

Any Thoughts?? Any other suggestions that I should be listening to in the < $500 range?

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   David Willow

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Posted April 27 2009 - 01:26 AM

Checkout some internet direct speakers like these: Bookshelf Speakers - M22 v2 - Axiom Audio

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Brian D H

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Posted April 27 2009 - 03:17 AM

Or these: HTD Level THREE Bookshelf Speakers
Lurking at HTF Since 2001

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Hogie

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Posted April 27 2009 - 03:42 AM

During my long speaker upgrade/auditioning adventure, I took an opportunity to audition a pair of Axiom QS8 (Thanks, Peter!). The setup had the M22's up front. They sounded wonderful. If you can find someone in your area that's willing to let you hear some Axiom speakers, it's well worth your time. You can go to their forum: Axiom Message Boards and check out "hearing things" to find someone willing to help. They also have a 30 day in-home trial.
I have a friend that uses the Paradigm mini-monitors in his theater. I'm of the opinion that the Axiom M22 is a much more full sounding speaker.
I can also tell you, from years of experience with Bose, that you will notice a big difference with the upgrade. With that comes a serious timbre mismatch against the Bose, especially across the center channel. I didn't know what I was missing until I finished the entire speaker system upgrade. The difference is incredible.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   headknocker

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Posted April 27 2009 - 04:35 AM

They're a little higher than your <$500 budget but I plan to get a pair of Emotiva ERM-6.2 bookshelves in the very near future. Of course, I'll also be getting the Emotiva XPA-3 amp to drive them since all of Emo's speakers are 4ohm.

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Keith G

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Posted May 04 2009 - 06:54 AM

I ended up going with the HTD Level II bookshelf and center from a member in the classified section. Every post that I read told me to listen to the speakers before making a decision which made me want to stay away from internet direct companies although HTD was highly recommended for an entry level set up like mine. I've been listening to Bose for 15 years so anything would be better than what I had. I was also very afraid to buy used speakers for fear that there would be a problem with them but the price was hard to pass up. I'm happy to report that I received them today and all is well. Thanks Mike!