Building a new theatre. Tower opinions?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by GrantL, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. GrantL

    GrantL Auditioning

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    Hi! I was really happy to find this forum as I have made a mistake...or at least I think so.

    Recently we built a new house and with the new house there needs to be a new theatre, right? Well what I have run up to this point has been an Onkyo Receiver (TX-DS747) and a set of Definative Pro Monitor 100's with 2 Pro 15 subs. The subs are overkill I admit.

    With this set up I had very nice results as far as movie audio but always lacked somewhat in the music department. What I have now is a new Onkyo 901 7.1 Receiver and a set of AAD E-48's that I just purchased after reading good reviews in several places. Suffice to say I am LESS than impressed with these towers/floorstands. The AAD's were my mistake.

    Basically I want to build this system with intentions of having seriously impressive towers for music (at least the main two) and possibly run towers all around in place of my definative bookshelves.

    My first order is going to be these towers. I need something that is really quick and will emit bass as well as my definative 15" subs. I'd also like to get rid of them.

    I've been away from Theatre stuff for along time because I was happy with what I had. I know there has been several advances since then so I need opinions. Would like to stay under $1500 a pair for these Towers.

    Thanks
     
  2. JoeHard

    JoeHard Stunt Coordinator

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    Grant,
    Have You listened to Definitive towers? The Bp 2004 and 2006 are in your price range. I find these to be much better for music than the Monitors. Since they have built in subs You won't need the one's You have now. Most people on this forum don't seem to care for Def Tech speakers but I love the huge soundstage of bipolars.
     
  3. GrantL

    GrantL Auditioning

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    I have heard those, a long time ago. I liked them but at the time they weren't an option. I might add that the equipment that I own now is because of a lack of options in my area. Pretty rural and if you mention high-end audio, the first word out of everyone's mouth is "Bose". (lack of exposure I'd say) The Def-Techs were the only options other than bose and they have served me well but I'm pretty open minded and want to see what else there is that's "better"

    The Def-Tech dealer here just went under so I have to order speakers one way or another. I am hearing good opinions here about speakers I've never heard of so I figured I give some other brand a shot. Maybe get by cheaper by doing that.

    Thos towers you mentioned are actually the one other pair I considered but I think I wanna get away from definative and try something new. Tried that with the AADs and it backfired. That's why I'm here [​IMG]
     
  4. John Robert

    John Robert Stunt Coordinator

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    PSB Image 7T, Monitor Silvers, Phase Velocity...

    Just some of many good choices.

    If you want to "rock the house" (and blow your budget), Infinity Intermezzo 4.1t with built in subs and RABOS room correction. On closeout at Audio Advisor for $2500, you'd have to spend $5K to get better sound.

    Happy Hunting,

    John
     
  5. Tony Genovese

    Tony Genovese Supporting Actor

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    You will not find a tower with built in subs that will approach the bass of two 15" dedicated subs, at least for $1500. It does not exist. As John mentioned, the Infinities would do it, but the best price I've seen is $3000 at both One Call and Audio Advisor (as of yesterday). Another one worth looking at is NHT T5s. I have seen these going for $2000 per pair, which is still above your budget. Finally, you can get the Cambridge Soundworks Newton T-500s for $1599 per pair, on sale. Any of these three give you true subwoofers in a tower.
     
  6. GrantL

    GrantL Auditioning

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    Not what I was wanting to hear. [​IMG] These Swans and Rockets people keep mentioning one here... what type of sound am I going to get from them? I'm not 100% opposed to keeping my sub...I just liked the idea of not having one and still getting that ground shaking freq response. Kinda sounds like that's pretty difficult to do on a budget.
     
  7. Tony Genovese

    Tony Genovese Supporting Actor

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    You're going to get very good sound, but not floor shaking bass. Floor shaking bass required big boxes, big amps, big drivers...or some combination of such.
     
  8. Nhan_H

    Nhan_H Second Unit

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    Try the Rocket Reference series. I think someone just posted they wanted to sell a pair of Rocket Ref 2s for $1600 shipped:

    http://forum.av123.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2442

    Or check out the Onix b-stock sale. The Ref 2s are listed for $1600/pair.

    http://www.av123.com/products_catego...stock&brand=16

    The thing with buying from AV123 vs. from a previous owner is the warantee issues.

    Also concerning speakers with subs built-in may not give you the best rumble (vs. speakers with separate subs), since subs are so placement-dependent.
     

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