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#1 of 53 OFFLINE   Allen Longcor

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Posted May 26 2002 - 07:02 AM

So far on my list I have:

Diva
Axiom
Wharfedale
Norh

I'm looking for speaker companies that produce speakers that sound much greater than their price. I wouldn't mind some DIY speakers, but I would have to have someone build it for me since I could not. Please let me know of any gems that I do not know about.

#2 of 53 OFFLINE   Tyson

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Posted May 26 2002 - 07:19 AM

For about $1600, the VMPS 626R's are the best bookshelf speaker I have ever heard (beat out my nOrh 9.0's pretty easily).

I have a RM-40 on order. . .
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#3 of 53 OFFLINE   Brian Burnaby

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Posted May 26 2002 - 07:37 AM

I made a similar list and came up with:

PsB
Paradigm
Energy
Mirage
B&W
NHT
Atlantic Technology
Definitive Technology
Axiom

I ended up with a pair of PsB's

#4 of 53 OFFLINE   Jason Wilcox

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Posted May 26 2002 - 07:42 AM

i'll add ascend acoustics and JBL

#5 of 53 OFFLINE   Russell _T

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Posted May 26 2002 - 08:00 AM

Home Theater Direct Level 3's.
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#6 of 53 OFFLINE   Luke M

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Posted May 26 2002 - 11:18 AM

One word: used. You can buy high quality good-as-new speakers on the used market for 40% or less of original retail.

Of course, assembling a matched set of HT speakers is more difficult this way (especially if you insist on a center - I don't use one myself). But the price/performance can't be beat.

#7 of 53 OFFLINE   Allen Longcor

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Posted May 26 2002 - 11:45 AM

I'm very interested in DIY speakers on the market. Anyone have any links to those.

#8 of 53 OFFLINE   Todd smith

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Posted May 26 2002 - 01:06 PM

I will second the jbl as well.

#9 of 53 OFFLINE   steve nn

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Posted May 26 2002 - 01:18 PM

HTD level 3s are priced very well for what you get.

#10 of 53 OFFLINE   ColinM

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Posted May 26 2002 - 01:58 PM

http://www.partsexpr....number=300-640


Everything you need is in the box, cabnets are built. I've read good things...

NHT SuperZeros and 'Ones are good for the price, too.

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#11 of 53 OFFLINE   Terry Flink

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Posted May 26 2002 - 03:11 PM

I picked up the nOrh 4.0 video package last year and couples it with my SVS 20-39cs. Wonderful! Had an Adcom amp sitting idle so complete speaker setup was less $1500.00. Highly recommend nOrh.

#12 of 53 OFFLINE   Sean D

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Posted May 26 2002 - 03:18 PM

The Swans Diva speakers offer great value for the money.

#13 of 53 OFFLINE   Tim Baldwin

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Posted May 26 2002 - 10:58 PM

Allen,
ACI and Adire make some very nice kits for DIY. The ACI stuff will only last for a short time, and then they'll be out of the DIY business.

#14 of 53 OFFLINE   Ron Boster

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Posted May 27 2002 - 02:24 AM

Allen:

What are you looking for in a speaker? HT or Music use? Laid-back or forward sounding? etc,etc

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#15 of 53 OFFLINE   Marc H

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Posted May 27 2002 - 03:21 AM

The QX series from Dahlquist is amazing for the price. Keep an eye on this company.
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#16 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew_Ballew

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Posted May 27 2002 - 03:45 AM

I second Definitive Tech. You can ocassionally find some jewels of a value used on Ebay.

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#17 of 53 OFFLINE   Allen Longcor

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Posted May 27 2002 - 05:28 AM

I'm looking for an all around great speaker for music and HT, but I don't want to pay out the nose for it. Basically I'm looking for something in the vein of the Diva speakers. They are considered to be great speakers for a very reasonable price. I want something that is compared to a speaker that costs 2-3 times it's price.

#18 of 53 OFFLINE   stephen_z

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Posted May 27 2002 - 07:01 PM

Allen,
My 2 cents... try auditioning Triangle (Titus 202 mini-monitors @$495/pair). Sam Tellig of Stereophile raves about their line.

#19 of 53 OFFLINE   Ron Boster

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Posted May 28 2002 - 12:26 AM

The Diva's sound isn't as forward sounding as let's say Axiom speakers. People will use terms like laid back to describe the Diva's, where the would use a term like revealing or bright to describe the Axiom speakers. So it depends on your preferences. I would suggest going to local audio shops and listening to lots of speakers. You might find a specific brand you prefer and then go the used route or try internet based retailer whose speakers sound similar to the brand you prefer.


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#20 of 53 OFFLINE   John Desmond

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Posted May 28 2002 - 12:59 AM

ACI is the leader in speakers sold factory-direct. They've been doing it for 25 years, longer than most of the rest put together! Superb sonics and build quality.
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