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Small Bookshelf Speakers ~300

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#1 of 4 charger5674



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Posted March 12 2013 - 02:04 AM

Hi, I'm new to the a/v world and need some help. I have been lurking for about a week on avs, audioholics and hometheaterforum. During that time I researched some bookshelf speakers and am having a hard time deciding. My budget is around 300 pr (~700 for 5.0, will go B stock) and I would like to mount them to the ceiling or wall. My preferences are about 95% movies/5% music. My room size is 16x18x12. I already have a klipsch rw-12d and denon avr 1713. Also, my preferred size would be less than 12x9x9. My researched speakers are: 1) Ascend HTM 200SE's 2) Cambridge S30 (no holes in back for mounting) 3) PSB Image B4 4) Energy CB-10's 5) Klipsch RB-41 II (Interested in the horn) 6) NHT Absolute Zero/Sub zero combo (try to find them for around 300 pr, most expensive) If there are others, it would be appreciated if mentioned. PS I have uploaded the same topic on Audioholics, AVS and Home Theater Forums. Just like a doctor's diagnosis, I want to see different opinions. Thanks!

#2 of 4 charger5674



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Posted March 12 2013 - 02:11 PM

Anybody? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 2

#3 of 4 Jason Charlton

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Posted March 13 2013 - 01:17 AM

Which speakers sound the best to you?  I am partial to PSB - I've used them since the early 90's and have loved every speaker I've had from them.

I see you're "interested" in the horn of the Klipsch.  Be sure you listen to them.  It's a love/hate thing - some like a bright speaker, others think they're harsh and lead to ear fatigue after extended listening.

In short - don't expect a "consensus" from various forums on which speaker is the "best" choice.  No one can answer that but you after you listen to them.

With 12' ceilings, I would strongly recommend you wall mount them, rather than the ceiling.  Ceiling mounting for the front speakers is NEVER recommended if you care at all about imaging and sound quality.

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#4 of 4 charger5674



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Posted March 13 2013 - 02:19 AM

I'm not sure if I can listen to these speakers except for the klipsch. I am going to the local magnolia to see a few. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 2

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