Best Bookshelf Speakers under $400?

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  1. Rick Pay

    Rick Pay Stunt Coordinator

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    Looking for the best bang for my buck on bookshelf speakers that have to fit in a 19"x10"x21" space in a home entertainment unit. The JBL S36 had decided on or 10" in width, will not fit horizontally. Anthing comparable about 9" wdt or less?
     
  2. Daniel T

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    Rick,
    You might want to look at the axiom M22ti or the M3ti. Their widths are both less than 9" wide. I personally own the M3ti and they sound great but they say the M22ti will handle lower bass better. The M22ti are $400 dollars and the M3ti are $275. Axiom also sells factory outlet speakers at a lower price. Take a look at www.axiomaudio.com. They sell direct to the consumer over the internet with a 30 day money back guarantee. The only problem is that you will have to pay for return shipping. If you are looking for a quality bookshelf speakers on a limited budget these are the speakers to go with. Hope this helps.
    Daniel T
     
  3. Chris Tsutsui

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    The JBL S26 and Infinity IL10 can be had for under $300.

    Axiom Speaker Company Millennia M22 Ti SE (over $300)(19.7x7.5x8.5)

    I'd probably want the axiom over the other 2.
     
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    Infinity IL10s. They're the best bookshelves I've ever listened to
     
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    second Swan's Divas. www.av123.com
    also look at B&W 600 S3 series and the Paradigm line.
     
  7. Eric A

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    Get a pair of NHT 1.5s for under $300 shipped from Onecall.com. Don't be fooled by the price. These speakers were originally $600 and were rated better than most $1000 speakers. They will fit in your cabinet. You will not regret your choice.
     
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    I would look into GR-Research speakers if you don't mind building your own. These will outperform any of the speakers listed above. You might be able to get the AV/1's for about 400.
     
  9. Jonathan K

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    Hey, I had a friend who had similar problems....
    This is a good link.
    http://www.cheaphometheater.com/speaker%20shootout.htm
    And is GR-Research an internet direct company? How do they get price/performance as good as Swan at $400?
    Anyway, my friend posted this question in a few threads, and recieved a few interesting responses....
    Does anyone have anything to say concerning the speakers mentioned in these threads?
    http://www.audioasylum.com/audio/spe...ges/84694.html
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=136818
    http://www.harmonicdiscord.com/forum...98&forum=17&34
    Thanks!!
     
  10. Phil Iturralde

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    All good recommendations.
     
  11. KyleRoussel

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    I've got a pair of S26-II's and I'm thrilled with them so far. Especially for the price I paid for them.
     
  12. Jeffrey Noel

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    UPS just delivered my JBL S-26s from JandR.com, thank you Phil for the link! Hooked them up and they sound pretty good, even without the break-in, so they'll just get better and better. The imaging on these things is incredible for the price, much better than my Technics towers. When I close my eyes sitting in the sweet spot, I can't even tell where the speakers are. I sure am impressed with them. Can't wait until UPS drops of my second pair tomorrow! [​IMG]
    Two thumbs up to JBL!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    EDIT: The S-26s are front ported.
     
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  14. Jonathan K

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    Yea, my friend pretty much decided that he wants a moderately thin, front ported design...

    that doesn't leave many options for him...
     

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