Bookshelf speaker recommendation $350

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  1. AjayRAV

    AjayRAV Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi guys,

    I have a Marantz 6200 with Klipsch fronts (KSB2.1) center (KV2) and surrounds (KSB1.1). My sub is a RAVA. I am unhappy with the sound provided by the speakers especially in 2 channel mode. What I would like are speaker recommendations in the 350 per pair region. The speakers have to be available in Black and should be bookshelf speakers. I like a fluid midrange, so I was thinking of B&W DM601S3 or KEFQ1s.

    Thanks,
    Ajay
     
  2. Chris Quinn

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    Ascend Acoustics(ascendacoustics.com) CMB-170 for $328 plus $10 shipping and you can try them in your own home for thirty days.
     
  3. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    JBL S38IIs, which you'll find from various places at $200-400. Best Buy is closing these out, so you might get lucky. Large for a bookshelf speaker, but very sweet.

    I don't put much stock in speaker reviews, but if you do, read this: JBL S38 review.
     
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    Paradigm mini-monitors retail for $350/pr. QUITE the bargain! Available in black. I liked em better than the B&W 601s3. Take a listen if possible, I'm using a pair off a marantz sr5300, and they're wonderful.
     
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    Polk RTi38's of if you can snoop around and get a pair of used/unsold RT35i's or RT55i's. The 55i's are VERY large for a bookshelf (in heigth and depth at least). Great sound though.
     
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    I second the Ascends. Very well reviewed, and compare well with speakers costing 3 times as much.
     
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    I second the vote on the Jbl S-38's. You can get them for $249 a pair from JandR.com. I have 4 (along with the Jbl S-center) and they sound great for music and home theater.
     
  8. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I third the Ascends. Good value for the money and good sound.
     
  9. Chris Quinn

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    The Ascend 170s I bought were for a secondary system and quickly relegated my Paradigm Mini-Monitors to secondary status. With the Ascends I'm hearing things; like brushes on drum, breathes taken, and the timpani, that I never knew were there before. I've got them paired with a Marantz 7200.
     
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    I third JBL S38 recommendation, very good bookshelf for the money.
     
  11. Jason Wilcox

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    another vote for the ascends...
     
  12. Chris Tsutsui

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    I wonder how the ascends compare to the JBLs. I had to modify the tweeter and midrange capacitors in my JBLs to clear up the midrange and reduce some of the grunge in them.

    Now they are clearer and less fatiguing if you could imagine.

    One plus about the JBLs is that they can play at very high SPLS without distortion. Something I havn't seen in many small 2-way bookshelfs.
     
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    Acoustic Energy EVO 1's. They have smooth highs and are much better for music than Klipsch IMO. They retail for $299.
     
  14. AjayRAV

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    Thanks guys! Just ordered a pair of Ascends to try out. Owners seem to be more than happy with these puppies, so looking forward to 'em.

    Ajay
     
  15. AjayRAV

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    Thanks guys! Just ordered a pair of Ascends to try out. Owners seem to be more than happy with these puppies, so looking forward to 'em.

    Ajay
     
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    Ascends Ascends Ascends [​IMG]
     
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    "...for the quality, you can't get anything better."

    How can you make that statement when in the same sentence you say you haven't heard the Ascends?
     
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    I would also go with the Ascends. Good choice Ajay. [​IMG]
     
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