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chun howe

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i like accurate speakers mainly for music, and occasionally movie. what speaker or speakers serve this purpose? is there any in existance?

is floorstander a better candidate for accuracy compare to bookshelf? (same brand comparison)

in what order should i collect speakers? say for 5.1 system.
i definitely have to have main first, but what's next? sub?

from the "what speaker do you own" thread, i found paradigm is by far the most popular. polk, klipsch are next then b&w, def tech, jbl, infinity, mirage, nht, energy.
of course SVS wins the poplarity in subwoofer.
 

Frank Zimkas

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I prefer floor standing speakers for mains, especially if you have little ones that could knock over bookshelf speakers on stands. The other consideration is frequency response, most (not all) floor standing speakers will provide lower response as compared to bookshelf speakers, allowing you more time to select the sub that matches your needs. Should you choose bookshelf speakers, you might not get the low end response without adding a sub at the same time.

Upgrading your mains first makes sense if you like to listen to music in your HT.

The speakers that you listed are all great, but then again the only way to know which will work best in your home is to audition them, preferably in your home.

Click on my sig and you'll see which speakers I like.

Good luck with your upgrade, keep us posted.:)
 

Martice

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of course SVS wins the poplarity in subwoofer.
Popular for good reason. As I've stated in past threads. "SVS was my first introduction to quality bass". Although I don't own an SVS I would recommend them in a NY minute if a buyer were not open to alternative approaches to acquiring a high quality low frequency device.

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Good Luck
 

chun howe

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thanks Frank and Martice, you folks have been so informative and helpful. i wish all forum has cool folks like you all.
 

Arup

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Properly designed towers are a good compromise for music and HT but for pure HT you need imaging and focus and these are only possible with a proper satellite/bookshelf speakers but you do loose impact, soundstage and bass.
 

Chu Gai

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I like what Martice said...what can I say, I'm partial to B'klyn ;). I think you need to determine in part what size speaker fits into the space that you'll be working with. Also sometimes, some of us have significant others whose tastes must be consulted with. Some take as part of their enjoyment of their HT system, the look of their speakers. For others, a more minimalist approach is taken and smaller speakers, albeit it good sounding, fit the bill. Good sounding speakers are available in a myriad of sizes and approaches.
To me, one of the most galling things is to see people who've gone from say, Paradigms, to Axioms, to Rockets, to DefTech, to this, to that, all the while buying and selling at a loss. Kind of like going to the bathroom and always pissing on one part of the seat or another.

So set a budget, take some time, maybe a good amount of time, and try and figure out what type of speakers are likely candidates for you to consider. Then, by all means, look to arrange an audition of them in your home.

Other brands to consider are Klipsch as their efficiency is such that people can get by with less powerful amplification and the little Magnaplanars that get you into the electrostatic area. Little more power and a more capable amp though is required.

Best of luck in your search.
 

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