Bookshelf suggestions ~$200

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  1. JasonS

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    Hey all, I'm going to have my basement finished shortly, and I'm going to be getting new speakers. I want to buy main speakers at around $200, then buy the center/surrounds to match. Already on my list are the paradigm Titans, and the JBL S-series. Can anyone suggest others I should audition? There is another thread about the Mirage FRX-3 at $150. Are these too good to pass up? If not, I could buy two sets for $300 and have my mains and surrounds.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Jason:

    I am a bit confused whether you are looking to spend $200/speaker or $200/pair, but I am going to assume you mean $200/speaker. There are more good choices. I have been shopping for some HT speakers lately and here are a few that I really liked:

    1. NHT SB2 (MSRP $200/each, but can be found for less): Excellent all around speaker with a good midrange and very good bass extension for its size. Images very well, with a well defined soundstage. Nice finish, too (gloss piano black or white). Recently won a shootout of budget HT systems in June issue of Home Theater Magazine (www.hometheatermag.com).

    2. Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 ($328): Available only online from Ascend Acoustics (www.ascendacoustics.com). Excellent monitor speaker with good imaging. Seemed to be a favorite of the reviewers in the budget speaker shootout held on another HT forum.

    3. KEF Q1s (MSRP $499/pr.; Can be had for about $350-375/pr.): My personal favorite. Very clean speaker, images very well. Has wonderful dynamics, as well.

    I think you would be pleased with any of these speakers and all can be the basis for building a surround sound system.
     
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    I purchased mini-monitors at $250 per pair. I know it's a bit over your limit, but you may get lucky as I did and find a dealer willing to sell them that cheap. I think they would be much better than the titans.
     
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    I just went to Best Buy and listened to the new Athena speakers that they sell and was very impressed with Athena's bookshelf speakers. They were around $180 for the pair. Boy they sure made the Sony's sound horrible. Seems like a pretty good deal. I'd like to put them head-to-head with my S26s.
     
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    I picked up a pair brand new of Mini Monitors for $270, so you as noted before, check your local dealers for deals.

    I would highly recommend Mordaunt Short MS902s for $239/pr+shippiing from www.ac4l.com. Very detailed and very good build quality for that price (normally $400/pr).

    Axiom M3Ti for $275 (including shipping) are also very good performers for the price. A bit above the $200 budget, but worth that extra few $$, IMO.

    Both the M3 and 902 are better than the Mini Monitor, IMO. I compared the M3Ti back to back with the Minis, then eventually sold my Minis (though I did not end up with the M3s...).
     
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    Check out the Boston Acoustics CR line.
    http://www.bostonacoustics.com/hs_pr...p?CategoryID=4

    I have the CR85 speakers as mains, CR6s as surrounds, and the CRC center. The CR85s are $400 for a pair, but the CR65s are only 199 and sound great.

    I'd also recommend checking out Infinity bookshelves.
     
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    I have JBL S26, and they are very good speakers for the money, but there are better, but for me they are the best $200 pair of speakers.

    If your budget allows you to go a little up, Axiom, Rockets, Ascend Acoustic, Paradim, could be a much better choices.

    John,
    What did you end up getting? I'm just curious.....
     
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    i think that the mirance frx-3's are unbeatable at that price, and in my opinion they compete with the likes of the ascend 170's, and best them IMHO

    you can also take a look at energy connoisseur c-1's and c-3's, and also mirage omni50 bookshelves

    in terms of axiom's i have never heard them, but the general feel that i've gotten from reviews is that the cheaper m2ti is a more balanced speaker than the m3ti which gives more midbass, but colors the sound a bit more.... but take this with a grain of salt since this is all heresay for me

    i would highly recommend getting 2 sets of the mirage frx-3's for $300. you cant get anything close to that kind of deal from the other models mentioned when factoring in price
     
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    Everyone, thanks for your help. What mainly brought this on was the post about the deal on the Mirage's at AudioAdvisor. I was originally planning on waiting until later this year, when the basement is actually done.

    I am not going to have all that much money to spend when all is said and done anyway. If I go with more expensive mains, then I'll end up spending more on the center and surrounds, so I need to keep that in mind.

    The deal on the Mirage's ends tomorrow. I guess I have a little time to think.
     
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    The Mirage FRX-3 for $150.00/pair is an unbelieveable deal. I heard them at a dealer before and they were amazing, but I just couldn't swing the $350.00/pair MSRP they were asking for back then. I currently own Energy C-1 and these are excellent as well, but the Energy retails close to $300.00/pair. The Mirage speaker is really a steal, in my opinion. Like I said in another thread, I would've purchased these is I haven't purchased the C-1 already. To think that for the price of 1 single pair of the C-1 (not that they're not worth it), I could've have 2 pair of the Mirage FRX-3.
     
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