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Best HT/Music Speakers for $1000

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by James::Mc, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. James::Mc

    James::Mc Extra

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    Looking for the best combo home thater / music speakers I can get for $1000. Looking for front, rear, center, and sub. Was looking at the Polk RM7200's. Not sure if I'm heading the right direction...And I don't need to have all the speakers be the same - just thought that would be the right direction???
     
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    have brian (great guy and great craftsmanship) build you his RADMicro setup. It is 5 RAD micros and a sub all for $750. go to www.rutledgeaudiodesign.com
     
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    I had looked at the Polk when I first actually looked at a home theatre system and a music system. The Polk for me lacked with the home theatre, it just wasn't all there, it didn't go the lower freq. that I wanted and it seemed like it just had a spot where it was empty in the mid-range to me.

    The RADMicro setup I have heard alot of good things about but I haven't tried it myself personally so I can't say but it seems like a good system.

    This would be my recommendation and you can easily go try it out at Bestbuy and see how you like it:

    Klipsch SB-1 (Bookshelf fronts, $250 a pair)
    Klipsch SS-5 (Rear Surrounds, $280 pair)
    Klipsch SC.5 (Center Channel, $180 single)

    That right there is about $710 and then you have about $290 to play around with a subwoofer. The new Klipsch RW series subwoofers are very nice but Bestbuy also carries Klipsch lower line subwoofers.

    I think that the system right there would compliment a medium sized room very nicely. I also like Klipsch because they usually are a little brighter than most speakers, some people say this helps in Home Theatre, I think that movies will sound awesome of that especially if paired up with a decent subwoofer.

    As for music the system should still be good and I think it will suit you very well.

    Of course nobody can tell you what will sound best to you because everyone has there own opinion on how a speaker sounds. That would just be my recommendation on what to buy. I hope this helps.
     
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    I bought a full 5.1 system from Brian at RAD. I went with the Micros for rears and I got the T-1 towers upfront with a C-1 center. I got a 95L Shiva sub also. It sounds awesome. If you really wanted to spend $1000 you could probably get him to do the Micros and then upgrade to another Sub to get to the $1000 mark. Like George said above the Micros system is only $750. He can finish it in many different finishes as well. I opted for the black.
     
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    Energy Take 5.2. If the reviews don't speak for themselves, these babies rock my 14x20 bedroom. For the price, and the incredibly compact size, I don't think you'll find anything that images better than these. I'm sure a proper audition will speak for itself. I haven't heard anything that does HT and music so well.

    How big is the room you're trying to fill by the way? And what receiver will you be using?
     
  6. James~P

    James~P Stunt Coordinator

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    Axioms... check thier website, they have a little wizard for it.
     
  7. Lin

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    Check out AV123.com, the ELT package for $899
     
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    James::Mc,

    Ascend Acoustics makes some great speakers for both music and HT.

    http://ascendacoustics.com/Main/Intro/Firstpage.asp
    http://ascendacoustics.com/Main/Revi...dReprint.2.pdf
    http://ascendacoustics.com/Main/Revi...endreprint.pdf

    They have all the charateristics of a high-end audiophile speaker -- particularly accuracy and clarity -- without compromising its ability to handle HT material. I would look at the CBM-170 L/C/R with HTM-200 surround setup for $698.

    If you could get that setup with the Hsu VTF-2 subwoofer for $1148, I think you would have a great music/HT setup that I think you would have to spend considerably more in order to get noticeably better sound. But if you are capping it $1000, I would still consider the 5.0 setup and try to source a cheaper ($300) sub to complement that with the thought of potentially upgrading the sub at some point to match the quality of the other 5 speakers.

    Victor
     
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    The room I will be using for the next 6 months is about 20 x 20 and two stories. After that I'll move them to a 20 x 30 space with 8 ft ceilings. Ultimately looking for the best speakers for the later space.

    I am also buying a new receiver - not sure which one yet. Pioneer Elite 43 is near the top based on some responses to my receiver post...
     
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    Check out Polk at your local Circuit City, if you have one. They have most of the RTi series on clearance. I bought a CSI40 center, 2 RTi38 bookshelves, and 2 RTi28 bookshelves for surrounds for around $700.

    For a receiver, check out the Harman Kardon AVR-325 at Onecall .com for $386 refurbished.
     
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    I would highly recommend either the Harman/Kardon AVR-225 for a 5.1 setup or the AVR-325 for a 7.1 setup. I have a AVR-225 with my Klipsch Quintets and from my old reciever to this it is like night and day. It sounds a world load of difference.
     
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    Second on the Rocket ELT package. I heard this in Dallas and it was great.
     
  13. James::Mc

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    What about the Aperion Intimus 5.1 system with 10-inch subwoofer?
     
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    That ELT system for $900 seems very nice. I haven't heard it, but the buzz is good. It also has a money back guarantee which I think is absolutely essential.
     
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    Without a doubt, the ELT package will BLOW AWAY "ANYTHING" in that price range. What other package for $900 can hit REFERENCE level clean as a whistle? This is Mark's crowning achievment at AV123, to get a speaker package that good for that price.
     
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    Have you heard the ELT's Adam?
     
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    Adam,

    Have you been able to compare the ELT to the RS150?
     
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    I second the recommendations for Axiom and Ascend. Both represent outstanding value for the money.

    I am not sure about Ascend, but Axiom does offer a free 30 day trial.
     
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    Mike,

    Ascend does have the 30 day trial period minus shipping. What do you mean when you say "free" for the Axioms? Free shipping?
     

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