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Bookshelf vs Tower, 7" vs Dual 5.25", Speaker Advice needed

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Eric Massey, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. Eric Massey

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    Hi all, I'm a college student so naturally money is a big issue for me. I've been looking for a good pair of speakers to use with a Denon DRA-385 2 channel 85 watt reciever.
    They'll be used for music listening, the occasional DVD, and I plan on adding an Adire or SVS sub later on once I save up some more cash. Ever since I auditioned phase tech speakers at a local store I've wanted to buy some, but unfortunately they were priced out of my budget at the local delaers. However, I recently ran across a site called http://www.1-877camcorder.com/cammy/phastec.html who is selling these speaker at almost 50% off. Do any of you have any experience or information about this dealer? Are the prices too good to be true?
    Right now I'm leaning toward the Teatro 7.5's which have 8" midranges. Do you think it would be wise to save 75 bucks and just get the teatro 6.5's bookshelves with dual 5.25" midranges instead of the towers if I plan to get a sub later on? Would I take a big hit in midbass by using the bookshelvs with 5.25 midranges over the towers with 7" midranges? I'm very curious, because I have not had an opportunity to hear the 7.5, but I've heard the 6.5's and they were very nice. I imagine that the tower would only sound better.
    Thank you all for your time, I appreciate any feedback you have to offer!
    Teatro 7.5 w/ 8" middrange, $248.77 Teatro 6.5 w/ dual 5.25" midranges, $218.77
    http://store5.yimg.com/I/cammy_1716_148916http://store5.yimg.com/I/cammy_1713_29429340
     
  2. Eric Lipp

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    Eric,
    Well, I can't comment on the website, but that's a pretty good deal for those speakers. I used to run the Teatro 7.5's as my main speakers for about the past year and a half, maybe? I also picked up the PhaseTech center and was using Definitive Bp-X bipolars for the rear. My sub was a P.O.S. I recently upgraded to Paradigm Monitor 11 v.3, CC370 center, and a Definitive 12" sub. I then moved my PhaseTech 7.5's to the rear.
    One of my local HT stores sell the 7.5's for about $700ish (overpriced, IMO). For $250, that's not a bad deal.
    As for the sound, the Teatro 7.5's aren't bad.
    When I did an A/B comparison, the Paradigm's blow them away, but then again, there's an $800 price difference.

    If it makes you feel better, when I upgraded TO the Teatro's, that was a huge step as well. The biggest difference that I hear now is that there's an Orchestra playing instead of a 4 piece band....but, again.....Until I did the A/B, I never realized it.

    So, in conclusion, with money being an issue, that $250/pair (make sure that it's /pair, not /each), is a good deal, and I think you'll be quite happy.

    Good luck,

    ~Eric
     
  3. Eric Massey

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    Damn you're right Eric, those prices are for single speakers. I hate the way they post a picture of a pair of speakers and then use the word "speakers" in pluarl form for the entire page and then a little asterik at the bottom says *price is for each speaker. I look really stupid now, but oh well. I should've known, but I guess I could still go for the 4.5's:
    http://store5.yimg.com/I/cammy_1713_29447517
    These have significantly less output I'm sure, but I live in an extremely small space.
     

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